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Are You Suffering From Pandemic Fatigue?

woman standing behind fenceIt’s an understatement to say that the last few years have been extremely stressful for every member of the family. These include the mom who was pregnant during the pandemic and now has a newborn baby born into the world during the pandemic, the school-aged kids who had to be taken away from their friends and sports, and the teens who missed out on prom.

Then there’s the college kids who missed out on hanging out with their friends. And even young adults starting careers who spent time building community with office workers, and then got pulled out and are working remotely.

The Residual Stress We All Experience

People across the spectrum have had varying stress responses to the pandemic. Some people really suffered, and others managed and got through. The truth is, no matter what end of the spectrum you’re on when you went through, we all experienced massive physical, emotional and chemical stress from it. That has lingering effects on the body.

Symptoms of Burnout

Those effects turn into lingering symptoms of poor sleep or anxiety, poor digestion, headaches, or fatigue. It’s really burnout, as many people have never recovered from the stress we went through.

Pandemic fatigue can result from a combination of being stressed and worried, changing routines and taking away all the things you know brings good health – including community, activity and common goals to work toward.

The Importance of Support & Healthy Habits

Making the following a priority can help you and yours combat stress from the pandemic and move forward on a more peaceful path:

  • Community
    Having a support system, such as close family members and friends, is vital. We all need each other, particularly during stressful times. Being part of a community is critical, as being isolated negatively impacts one’s mental health.
  • Movement
    We all feel so good on vacation or in that summer mindset, getting sunshine and fresh air, and moving our bodies. We can choose to do that year-round in various ways.
  • Mindset
    Having a mindset of gratitude is a good way to combat stress. Gratitude actually lowers stress hormones in the body. Consider writing down three things you’re grateful for each day.
  • Chiropractic Care
    In addition to pain relief, chiropractic care can reduce stress and anxiety. When your nervous system is functioning as it should, you can have a better mental outlook.

Dr. Eva and Dr. Joe want to help you and every member of your family deal with pandemic fatigue. Give our office a call today.

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