Who isn't feeling Covid fatigue at this point? Probably someone but I don't know them!
While having brunch with our son and DIL yesterday, we got talking about what strategies we were using or could use to help get us through this long haul with our humor, relationships, mental health and actual health intact. Of course they are both working long hours at home in front of their computers and we are retired which already has its own groundhog day implications.
I've been listing my gratitude for my Thankful Thursday posts and it turns out that is a recommended strategy. Now that I'm well on the road to full recovery from my foot surgery I find I need more than piles of books to read and streaming shows to watch.
I'm adding regular exercise back in along with my physical therapy. Short term focus - what will I do today - plus things to look forward to are also helping me.
One thing that struck me in our conversation was the need for some structure to set the days apart and have a week and weekends. The idea of meal planning by day of the week (Taco Tuesday!) to have something to look forward to was one brainstorm our son and DIL had. We did have fun with Macaroni and Cheese Monday or Salami Saturday ideas.
I tend to cook based on what I feel like eating and energy level so that isn't my first choice but I think having a "it's Wednesday so I get to do x" approach is helpful. Structure for the win.
Socializing in some way that lifts your spirits and/or lets you lift the spirits of others through your kindness or actual help is another strategy. Lots more ideas out there.
What are you doing to cope with Covid fatigue? Lets share and help each other out.
These articles from UCDavis Health are particularly on point.
Some facts to help you focus your worries and actions to stay safe.
And since humor is a good coping strategy and we just had fun sharing little kid riddles with our "it's almost my birthday (4)" granddaughter, here is one for your amusement.