An unintentional phenomenon increases – pandemic fatigue. People are tired of staying at home. Humans want to be the social beings they are. People want their "normal" back.
This collective fatigue causes some people – to consciously or unconsciously – ignore pandemic guidance such as social distancing and mask wear. Others may reach a turning point for mental health.
One-third of Americans show signs of depression or anxiety.
Alarming data from a US Census Bureau survey revealed the psychological toll the pandemic took. American adults were typically asked questions about mental health screening. Twenty-four percent showed clinically significant symptoms of major depressive disorder and 30% showed symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder. These rates were higher among younger adults (ages 1
If you feel you are struggling with fatigue in the pandemic and are losing self-discipline, continue the course with these management tips:
- Try a new exercise. If you have had more difficulty staying active, you can experiment with something new such as walking, yoga or cycling.
- Try meditation. Attentive activities can help you lower your stress levels and improve your mood.
- Try saying it out loud. Sometimes you just need to talk to someone about how you are feeling, especially if you are stressed, frustrated or anxious. Ignoring these strong feelings does not make them go away.
- Try new recipes. You've probably already mastered pandemic sourdough or banana bread, so roll up your sleeves and whip up something else. This is a great time to prepare healthier meals and use that time as a fun daily activity for you and your family.
Think about how you relaxed before the pandemic and try to get back to that lifestyle. If you find cooking, reading or listening to music relaxing, take time to maintain it as part of your routine.
If you are concerned about your mental well-being, consult your doctor.
In today's market, it is normal for the same products to be available all year round. But that does not mean that the quality is the same during the seasons. Eating seasonally means that you simply use the harvest schedule and enjoy ingredients when it is at its most. For this time of year, include foods with rich fall colors such as burnt orange, deep burgundy and hunter green.
Buy seasonal products and reap the following benefits:
- Fresher food – Seasonal products are probably recently picked and have not been put on a truck or in a warehouse for several weeks.
- Better taste – During the season it retains its nutritional value and tastes better, sweeter and perfectly ripe. If the product is tasty, you will probably eat more of it. It's a healthy win-win.
- Lower costs— When the products are in season, farmers harvest larger crops. The increased supply may mean lower prices for you.
- Reduced carbon footprint – Out-of-season products are usually imported or take more energy to grow due to the need for greenhouses.
It's called harvest season for a reason, so there should be plenty of fresh produce available at your local farmers market or grocery store.
Due to social distancing and gymnastics, it can be more difficult to be active. People are more and probably at home in sedentary activities – such as sitting, watching TV or spending time in front of other electronic devices.
Instead of binge-watching your favorite shows, consider these tips to stay active:
- Get moving. Everything counts! Do not focus on running or working out in a gym. Grocery and house cleaning count as exercise.
- Go at your own pace. Easy to train and increase slowly as you build your endurance.
- Listen to your body. You know yourself best. If you start to feel dizzy or in pain, stop and take a break.
We all here at CoverLink wish you continued health and safety this year!