Oddly enough, even though we’re stuck inside with little to do due to quarantine, it seems like many of us are completely exhausted.
Why does this happen? Living in uncertain times can cause stress and anxiety: whether you’re worried about finances, your loved ones’ health, the economy – everything is in a state of limbo. Not being able to really do anything will cause enough of a mental strain that it can begin to affect us physically.
If you’ve been feeling burdened lately, know that you’re not alone. Here are some tips on coping with quarantine fatigue:
1. Take a social media break.
Social media can be a beautiful tool – when used correctly. However, if you’re spending a good portion of your day watching news updates, stress-tweeting, clicking on Facebook articles, and overall becoming more stressed out by what you see on your screen, it’s time to take a break. Turn your phone off, or set it to Do Not Disturb and adjust the settings for emergency calls only. Put it away in a drawer, tucked into a closet, even leave it somewhere temporarily inaccessible. Spend the day reading, watching a feel good movie (here’s our list of some of our personal favorites), or trying something new. Whatever you choose to do, do it sans-social media. You’ll be surprised at the mental relief you’ll feel from taking a step back from these addictive apps.
2. Talk it out.
You might feel like you have to be strong and positive during such a depressing time, but the truth is you don’t need to be strong all the time. It’s okay to be worried, upset, and stressed. Allow yourself to feel these emotions so you can process them before moving on. Facetime your best friend or a close family member and ask them if you can vent. Chances are, they’ll be more than happy to lend an open ear and hear you out. Sometimes all you need to do to feel better is to say things out loud to get it off your chest!
If you’re not one to say things out loud but you still feel the need to vent, why not give journaling a try? Whether you choose to type it out or write it down, let your thoughts free-flow on the page and allow all of your emotions to bleed out. This is an excellent way to dump out all your thoughts and assess what in particular may be bothering you. The best part about journaling is you can do this at any time of the day, whenever you feel like the stress is beginning to really get to you. Purchase a journal online with your personal aesthetic to entice you to utilize it to the fullest!
4. Exercise/Get Moving!
Did you see this coming? You should’ve! Those post-workout endorphins don’t lie. If you’re normally a sedentary person, exercise will more than likely do wonders for both your physical and mental health. Not a huge fan of working out? Something as simple as taking your dog on a longer than usual walk, dancing to a 30 minute playlist, or some basic yoga stretching counts! Just get your body moving in any way you can. If you need something a little more intense, check out our post on some great at-home workouts.
5. Pay it forward.
Ever wonder why it feels so good to do something kind for someone? That warm glow that fills our entire soul when we decide to go the extra mile for a friend, a family member, or even a complete stranger can be the key to it all! While we’re still practicing social distance, there’s ways to do something nice for someone you care about without leaving your home. Why not send them a care package or creatively connect with them? You can even take it an extra step further and donate to a charity or relief fund of your choice, or even do something to support local businesses in your community. Whatever you choose to do, do it with love. Your soul will feel light and warm!
Quarantine fatigue can get the best of us.
However, like all things, this too shall pass. Do your best to keep yourself cheerful, but also allow yourself to process negative emotions too. Are there any tips you have for coping with quarantine fatigue? Please share them with us in the comments below!
Thank you for the continuous support you’ve shown Modern Gents! We are still growing and we appreciate all of the love you’ve shown us during such trying times. Please stay safe, healthy, and continue to practice social distancing! Wishing you and your loved ones health & prosperity, we’ll see you in the next post!