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Reducing emotional fatigue amidst these times

The world is in a constant state of change. This can be challenging at times with personal challenges, societal ills or natural disasters, but overall we tend to manage them pretty well. Few, however, could have predicted the unprecedented challenges we all face in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the world to its core, changing how we live, interact, work, and go about any activity in our daily lives. Some of these changes, like wearing masks or social distancing, might have otherwise taken years or decades to be normalized. However, it happened in a matter of days and weeks as we fight this virus.

Seemingly pouring gas on a lit fire, there have been other issues that have come to a head has people, cities and governments reel the side effects and other root issues exacerbated by the pandemic.

Therapists have raised the genuine concern that people very likely have emotional fatigue. This is brought on by the uncertainty of this new world we live in. It is also brought on by the isolation we feel due to curtailed freedoms we endure in the name of safety. Many are now at their breaking point or beyond.

3 ways to reverse the damage

Just as a body needs to recover from a strenuous workout or physical exertion, the brain also needs a break. Therapists suggest trying the following:

  • Turn off the news: The news cycle is unrelenting, and much of it is negative. Absorbing all that negative energy takes effort and energy. Recharge the batteries by engaging something positive, uplifting and joyful. This can be music, comedy skits, sharing funny memes, or checking in with friends and family who bring you joy.
  • Change it up: We all have our habits and routines, but not all are good for us. Even those that are may need refreshing, such as doing the same tasks in a new way or a different order. Changes cause new decision-making. New decision-making can lead to a fresh perspective and new routines that can have a positive impact.
  • Avoid inattention: Inattentional blindness means seeing things, but they do not register because we are preoccupied with something else, such as the news or other dark thoughts. Nonetheless, summer is here, and plants are growing, the animals are out of hibernation, and the sun feels pleasantly warm upon our faces.

Taking care of yourself and others

It can be hard for some parents to remain upbeat and positive around the child. Perhaps they struggle with emotional fatigue or how best to explain these remarkably challenging times to their children. Ideally, these tips will provide some self-care, comfort and clarity so parents can continue to do the critical work of raising their children.

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