None of us in our wildest dreams would have imagined being stuck in a situation like this. Locked for months in our homes with no travel, no outing, just because of a virus attack! Isn’t this look like a fictional story right out of a book? Isolation and social distancing are the only ways out to survive. Some of us have become finicky about hygiene, handwash, safety, etc. This is impacting our health. Just like how we switch on the flight mode to reset network errors, our body has gone into survival mode to reset life balance. Whenever we hear anything related to coronavirus, we panic. It also makes us hyper, sometimes anxious(of when this would come to an end) and depressed. Together, these are signs of coronavirus quarantine fatigue.
Coronavirus Quarantine Fatigue- Causes and Symptoms
Social isolation which is an important step in preventing coronavirus is the main reason behind coronavirus fatigue. Being at home all-day and stepping out only if necessary is making us feel restless, exhausted, frustrated and anxious. The problem is more intense for those who are working from home. Working on the laptops, sitting and receiving work calls, decreased physical activities are causing an array of physical, psychological and emotional problems. Everybody is going through a different set of experiences in this regard.
Here are some causes of quarantine fatigue:
Imbalance of stimulants
A sudden change in the lifestyle due to unpredictability, restrictions, responsibilities and financial difficulties for some people causes an imbalance of stimulants. This causes low motivation and fatigue.
No environmental change
We are humans and environmental change is required to uplift our mood. Living in the same environment for long periods affects mental health. Isolation and feeling of loneliness increase cortisol levels which leads to weight gain, blood pressure, eating disorders, irritability and fatigue conditions.
Disruption in circadian rhythm
The monotonous routine and hormonal imbalance together affect our internal biological clock that regulates our body functions. This may affect hormonal secretion which then disrupts our sleep-wake cycle and makes us suffer insomnia, poor sleep, fatigue problems.
Tips to deal with quarantine fatigue
Set a routine
The best way is to set a daily routine. Staying active is the only way to fight quarantine fatigue. When you set a healthy mechanism, it would help in regulating your circadian rhythm. Your body would understand the routine and would relieve the feeling of living in the same zone.
Stay connected socially
While you cannot feet your friend physically, connect with them virtually. Thankfully, we are technologically so advanced that we can connect with our friends and families easily. Talk to them about your day, plan your trips after everything is over, share your miseries, share recipes, cook together, etc. There is so much to do. This would improve your mental health.
Take up a hobby
One of the best ways to fight fatigue and mental stress is to release it. If you have a hobby, it is time to take it up again. Whenever you feel low, start doing something that gives you pleasure and mental satisfaction. This could be painting, dancing, gardening, cooking, etc.
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