How Pandemic Fatigue Makes Mental Health Recovery Harder
Recovering from mental illness is a lot of work all on its own, but lately, those of us in recovery have been handling another major mental health issue: pandemic fatigue. Pandemic fatigue is the sense of weariness and hopelessness that comes from social distancing and missing out on big events as the world battles COVID-19. Lately, pandemic fatigue has been making it much harder for me to focus on my mental health recovery because I’ve had to go without my usual coping mechanisms for months now.
How Pandemic Fatigue Impacts Recovery
Dealing with pandemic fatigue while in recovery from a mental illness is sort of like being crushed by a boulder, and then someone adds another boulder on top of the other one. It just compounds all of the issues you were already dealing with. I’ve found this is especially true because the pandemic has taken away a lot of my typical coping mechanisms, like hanging out with my sisters when I’m anxious or doing some retail therapy when I’m feeling sad.
How has pandemic fatigue affected your recovery progress? Let me know in the comments, and if you want to hear more about my experience dealing with pandemic fatigue in recovery, check out the video below.
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Griffith, M. (2020, October 27). How Pandemic Fatigue Makes Mental Health Recovery Harder, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2020, October 28 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/recoveringfrommentalillness/2020/10/how-pandemic-fatigue-makes-mental-health-recovery-harder