Managing COVID Fatigue and Coronanxiety
COVID Fatigue and Coronanxiety may be the latest ‘buzzword’ terms for how some of us are feeling just now, but what do they really mean and what can we do about our response to an ongoing pandemic crisis?
These terms do not relate to diagnosable disorders. Still, they do represent a cluster of symptoms and are useful to help us identify changes we can make to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our wellbeing.
Signs of COVID Fatigue and Coronanxiety
The most common signs of COVID Fatigue include: avoiding the news, hypoarousal – a decrease in your body’s normal response to stimuli, hyperarousal – an increase in your body’s response to stimuli, frequent mood swings, irritability when faced with an obstacle caused by COVID-19, and an inability to sleep due to overthinking. It is common to rotate through all these symptoms in a short period. It is also common to feel lonely but to paradoxically also want to be alone for much of the time.
Coronanxiety is the fear of the virus, distorted perspective and intolerance of uncertainty that can result in responses most commonly associated with Generalised Anxiety Disorder and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
Training to build awareness of COVID Fatigue and Coronanxiety
As we have all now been exposed to the threat of the pandemic for 8 months or more, it is understandable that we feel anxious about this invisible hazard. Change, uncertainty and fear can all have a negative effect on our mental health and lead to feelings of hopelessness. However, by exploring our responses and recognising the things we can control in our lives, we can make changes to protect our mental and physical wellbeing.
In response to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have developed an in-house, virtual, 2-hour training course which is suitable for anyone who has decreased energy levels, lack of motivation and difficulty switching off from the worry of the current situation.
This live, interactive training course enables delegates to recognise and accept that the feelings and thoughts they are experiencing are widespread. It helps them identify actions they can take to build their coping mechanisms and manage their reactions.
A key outcome from the training is that delegates feel more in control of their mental and physical health which increases resilience to face the adversities of the pandemic.
For more information about how this training can benefit the people in your organisation, please click here to view the course outline.
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