Providing care services in Raleigh and the surrounding areas, Aware Senior Care offers tips to reduce senior pandemic fatigue.
For many, this month marks one year in lockdown in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Some Americans are feeling the effects of pandemic fatigue, a certain kind of exhaustion which arises from dealing with the side effects of the coronavirus on a daily basis. Seniors are at greater risk for medical complications if they catch COVID-19, and they are likely to experience higher levels of isolation and loneliness during quarantine. For these reasons, older members of the community are more susceptible to senior pandemic fatigue.
Senior pandemic fatigue can take many forms, but it often manifests as being especially exhausted and can include symptoms like anxiety, loneliness, irritability, and generalized fear. The signs of pandemic fatigue also can include:
- Brain fog or trouble focusing, including dementia-like symptoms of memory loss and confusion
- Diminished appetite or overeating
- Racing thoughts
- A lack of motivation
- Constantly feeling on edge
- Arguing with loved ones
- The urge to withdraw from others
- Feelings of helplessness
Paying attention to mental, as well as physical health is an essential part of getting through a national health crisis. If a loved one in your life has been showing signs of senior pandemic fatigue, consider introducing one or more of these healthy coping strategies.
- Limit News Intake. A steady stream of upsetting news headlines can wear down emotional well-being. While it’s good to stay up-to-date on public health information, consider setting boundaries around when you engage with the news and how much news you consume.
- Tackle Stress. Prioritizing joy and relaxation is a great way to manage stress during trying times. Reading, breathing exercises, yoga, and nature walks can all help the senior in your life unwind.
- Accept Your Feelings. Don’t blame yourself for feeling angry, frightened, or frustrated in response to COVID-19. This is an unprecedented time that is taking a serious emotional toll on many people, whether or not they’ve been personally affected by the virus. Allow yourself to experience your feelings, then do your best to redirect thoughts towards what you can control. If you’re having issues managing your emotions, consider reaching out to a healthcare provider to get connected with a therapist.
- Reach Out To Others. Connecting with loved ones is a fantastic way to manage senior pandemic fatigue. If senior loved ones are struggling with feelings of isolation and loneliness, encourage them to call, Facetime, or Zoom their friends and family. Seniors can also take online classes, attend virtual religious services, or connect with like-minded people through social media.
- Practice Healthy Habits. Taking good care of the body not only helps build up the immune system against COVID-19, but also boosts well-being. Make sure the senior you love is drinking enough water, getting enough sleep, and eating balanced meals.
- Forge New Traditions. Just because life is different during COVID-19, that doesn’t mean all traditions have to fall by the wayside. Having things to look forward to can help reduce senior pandemic fatigue. Consider setting aside one night a week for group calls with family, or for a self-care night at home.
- Speak Positively To Yourself. Fear and anxiety can lead the mind down some dark mental paths, but positive self-talk can help. Identify negative thoughts when they arise and replace them with kind, encouraging statements.
An in-home caregiver can safely provide the senior you love with socialization and meaningful activities during the pandemic. Aware Senior Care, providers of care services in Raleigh and the surrounding areas, can connect you with a highly trained and vetted caregiver perfectly matched to your loved one’s personality and needs.