Be aware of social exhaustion
Since lockdown restrictions have started to ease, you may be feeling quite overwhelmed and tired. You are not alone in feeling this way, and there are a few reasons as to why you may be feeling like this.
The underlying stress that pandemic has caused us can lead to fatigue. Now that the restrictions have eased, you may face more worry and anxiety about returning to work and social occasions. There’s still also a lot of uncertainty around certain things, and all of this can lead to a spike in your stress levels. As you adapt to these changes, this is your brain’s way of telling you to stay alert and be careful as you have not done these things for so long.
Some of us may have led busy lives before the pandemic began; working full time, commuting, taking exercise and socialising. All of this came to halt when lockdown was introduced. Now as we start to return to some of these activities, it’s likely you are feeling more tired than you used to. That’s because what you do every day becomes your comfort zone. When we start to do something new and different, stress levels rise again, and we will feel tired.
What can I do?
Action creates energy, so once we start to do more, we will feel the energy that goes with that. However, to get yourself to that point can be quite difficult.
Take it easy
Introduce activities back into your life slowly and steadily. Don’t try to do too much all at once.
Make sure you get enough rest between each activity, giving yourself time to recover physically and mentally. This includes getting enough sleep at night.
Stick to a routine
Ensure you work normal ‘office hours’ as much as you can, and go to sleep and wake up at the same times each day. Leave any socialising and exercise to early evenings or weekends, so that it doesn’t disrupt your routine.
Be open with your friends and family. If you’re not up to going out or feeling anxious, tell them. It’s important that they understand how you’re feeling so they don’t pressure you into doing something you don’t want to.
Read our news article on ‘Managing feelings about lockdown easing’, which includes information and tips on how to take care of yourself.
Author: Stewart Gillespie
Posted on: 26th May 2021