Pandemic Fatigue

Yes it's Real!

5th March 2021

It’s without a doubt that we are now living in stressful times. Whether we realise it or not, or admit to it or not, we are all undoubtedly feeling the effects of this lockdown which seems to be going on for an eternity.

Is there light at the end of the tunnel? Who knows!  What we do know is right now that tunnel is resembling the Channel Tunnel…long, dark and seemingly endless.  We are trying our best to continue our lives with some sense of normality under extremely stressful circumstances.

We are mentally overloaded from all our new routines which require extra brain effort

Simple tasks like running to the shop for a packet of biscuits are suddenly arduous tasks involving face masks, social distancing and hand washing. Working from home has made a lot of people lethargic and more tired than they have ever been, even if they were commuting long distances every week pre-Covid.

And the side effect of all of this is that we are starting to resemble zombies, except our limbs are not falling off thankfully! A year of living through a pandemic and its associated stresses has left us zapped of energy, feeling lethargic, overwhelmed, anxious and struggling to focus.  Suddenly everyday tasks that we used to do without thinking twice about are leaving us exhausted.

‘Pandemic Fatigue’, as the World Health Organisation has coined it, is becoming a danger to our long-term well-being. While positive news about vaccine rollouts (slow and all as they are) gives us some form of hope, i