COVID Fatigue Is Real. Here’s How to Cope

COVID Fatigue Is Real. Here’s How to Cope (Image Source: Shutterstock)

Dealing With COVID Fatigue

After contracting any viral infection, it can take some time to bounce back and feel like yourself again. I can say that after testing positive for COVID, I didn’t expect to still be struggling so much all this time later. COVID symptoms can vary from person to person, due to everyone’s immune system being different, and so can everyone’s recovery time. While some have an extremely hard time managing their symptoms throughout their sickness, others have it milder.

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Find a Support Group

Finding a support group and engaging in dialogue can help you not feel so alone. Whether that’s talking to your friends for a few minutes a day, checking in with family, or exploring other ways to meet people (both virtually and safely in person), it’s important to do this to keep your mind engaged and stimulated. In these isolating times, it’s very easy to check out. When you are engaging with others and staying socially healthy, this can help your serotonin levels rise and bring some light and happiness to a challenging time. Having moments when you want to be alone is certainly okay, but try your best to not make it a daily habit.

Checking In with Family Can Help You Not Feel Alone. (Image Source: Shutterstock)

Consider One of the COVID-19 Vaccines

If you’re comfortable doing so, consider getting one of the COVID-19 vaccines and subsequent booster shots. Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and Pfizer are now available at most local drug stores, so getting it couldn’t be more convenient. However, take the time to make sure it’s what you’d like to do first. If it’s not a step you’re not ready to make, that’s okay, and regardless, it’s important to still take other measures in being proactive to help stop the spread of COVID.

Continue Wearing a Mask

Whether you’re vaccinated or unvaccinated, it’s important to still use caution. COVID can be contracted even while vaccinated, after all. Wearing your mask and practicing social distance measures can provide you and others with safety as well as ease your mind about getting sick.

Staying Hydrated

Consuming enough water throughout your day is essential. Not only does water help with your skin, digestion, and more, it can help you stay focused throughout the day and more mentally aware and sharp. When your water intake is too low, you become dehydrated. Dehydration contributes to many health issues, including lack of energy, focus, and mental health struggles. Challenge yourself to drink 8 glasses of water a day, and especially focus on having water first thing in the morning to start your day off right!

Make Exercise and Rest a Priority

Finding the time to go to the gym can be really hard, especially with work schedules, taking care of family, etc. If you have 15–30 minutes in your day, find a way to move your body. This could be a quick run, a walk around the block, riding your bike, and more. Exercise allows your body to wake up and get a boost of energy after being sedentary for too long.

Find a Way To Move Your Body. (Image Source: Shutterstock)

Eat Healthier Meals and Take Your Supplements

Along with drinking enough water per day, it’s important to make sure you’re getting the proper nutrients as well. Consuming healthy foods, as well as any necessary vitamins, can strengthen and improve your immune system while also preventing you from getting sick as frequently. While it’s okay to treat yourself and enjoy good food, it’s important to incorporate healthy foods such as adequate protein, complex carbs, vegetables, your daily multivitamins, and more to find some balance and keep you as energized as possible.

Eat Healthier Meals and Take Your Supplements. (Image Source: Shutterstock)

Coping With COVID Fatigue

COVID fatigue is real and exhausting. Just remember, however you’re feeling, you’re not alone, and you’re more than justified in your feelings. You’re doing your best to adjust to conditions that are by no means normal. So take it a step at a time, be gentle with yourself, and continue doing whatever you need to do to make yourself and your health a priority. We need you!

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