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The secret to understanding and managing COVID psychological fatigue

You’ve been living in a world for the last 18 months under a COVID-Cloud. It’s now totally apparent this has created new challenges beyond the physical experience for you and every other person on this planet.

You’re not alone.

At Rose Phoenix Health, we’re seeing mental and psychological deterioration with long(er) term impacts of increased stress, confusion and desperation for life to return to “normal”.

Everywhere you hear experts talk about the need to look after yourself – eat well, exercise, maintain social connections, all to stay afloat in daily living. All with the view that you somehow need to just “get on with it” or find ways to be okay.

Is this encouragement to feel fine the only way to cope and move forward?

COVID, restrictions and lockdowns have created adversity to your life, and I bet you’ve seen changes and having experiences that are like nothing you’ve had before. You’re expected to stay healthy and sane during these times, which seems to be the only message your given, often without tangible or practical solutions.

Have you ever wondered, about being able to “step back for a moment” to acknowledge your life is now different and to give yourself permission to openly and truthfully say how things are?

This might open-up a new and alternative coping mechanism in you and those around you.

Whoever said being silent and stoic is the only way to cope with life challenges?

Here are some benefits you will experience when you’re open and honest with your thoughts and feelings:

  • People can hear you and have an opportunity to “feel your experience” – You, your friends, colleagues, and family are doing it tough in some way or another.
  • Talking puts the worry and stress outside of you, often referred to as externalising – This can bring about a new perspective to your issues and maybe open up a new direction or solution.
  • After sharing your thoughts, you might realise that your worries or concerns might not need not to be solved immediately or that they can wait until you have more psychological energy to tackle them – This can lead to some temporary mental relief, which if you’re in a constant state of stress will help you take care of your wellbeing.
  • When you share what is happening for you, it allows others to offer support – People cannot help if they don’t know you are in need of support.

Remember, being open and honest about your thoughts and feelings, especially if they distress you – is not weakness.

In fact, it demonstrates a strength and courage to do something for yourself when you’re experiencing difficulties beyond the norm.

<strong>Cameron Hoo</strong>
Cameron Hoo

Clinical Psychologist,
Rose Phoenix Health | edge-perience

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