It’s been nearly a year now since social distancing became part of our lives. In the months in between, the new realities of life in New York have been challenging, causing many of us to experience emotional exhaustion. If you think you might be feeling coronavirus fatigue, find out how to overcome this all-too-common mental health issue.
Coronavirus fatigue is not always easy to recognize. Its symptoms are often subtle and accumulate slowly over time until they become disruptive to a person’s lifestyle.
This type of emotional fatigue can have both mental and physical health consequences if left unaddressed.
Just like washing hands and wearing masks, developing strategies to cope with coronavirus fatigue is an essential part of taking care of your physical and mental health today.
Exercise is one of the best things you can do for yourself in stressful times. Physical activity releases endorphins that elevate your mood.
3 Physical Activities to Try
The next time you are feeling angry or frustrated, try exercising. You are almost guaranteed to feel better afterward.
Even though we are all socializing less in person, it’s important to maintain lines of communication with family and friends. Personal relationships often have a big influence on your mental wellness.
Whether you are talking on the phone or chatting on a video stream, staying connected with friends and family can boost happiness, reduce stress and increase your sense of belonging.
Focus on the Positives
In challenging times, like the ones we are now in, a little dose of positivity can go a long way. A positive outlook can help to improve the common symptoms of coronavirus fatigue, such as finding less pleasure in activities you normally enjoy. Over time, a positive attitude can also help you feel better both mentally and physically.
Another smart strategy for dealing with stress is practicing meditation techniques, like relaxation breathing, mindful breathing and activity-oriented meditation. These three free and easy-to-do meditation exercises can calm your body and ease your mind, providing a boost to your mental and physical health.
Located in Freeport and Brookville, Advantage Care Health Centers is the community’s best resource for mental and behavioral health, including psychiatry and psychology services. Contact us today to request a virtual tele-health or in-person appointment.