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We’re all physically and mentally tired of COVID-19 but still have to cope with it. Coping with the unknown, change, and loss can lead to physical and mental exhaustion. With that comes irritability and a lack of patience. You may not realize you’re tip-toeing near exhaustion and our kids aren’t equipped to recognize the signs either.

7 Signs of Exhaustion

  1. Feeling depleted
  2. Not motivated by things you were prior to the pandemic
  3. Chronic sleepiness or tiredness
  4. Trouble falling asleep and staying asleep
  5. Headache, dizziness, or impaired decision-making
  6. Sore, aching muscles, or weakness
  7. Moodiness and irritability

6 Ways To Combat Fatigue At Home

  1. Create Routines: Being flexible is great but having a routine can help children and adults go forward knowing what to expect that day. Routines add stability to the day that is surrounded by fear of what will happen next. Will I be quarantined? Will I get sick or someone I know? Will I go to work or school?
  2. Make Quality Time For Each Other: A quick 15-minute round of cards or eating dinner together with questions that require thoughtful responses, even taking a walk outside with no devices can help.
  3. Get Your Sleep: Tired brains need rest. Going to sleep at the same time each night and waking up at the same time, remove devices and electronics from your bedside, stop drinking water an hour before bedtime.
  4. Create Space For Open Communication: Use some active listening tips - be open-minded, watch facial expressions, remove all distractions, ask clarifying questions, and don’t be judgmental. This communication develops trust and a caring environment that will lead to your kids coming to you to talk when they need your support and advice.
  5. Laugh more: watch some funny pet videos or a silly movie with your kids and remember to laugh with them. “Laughter is the best medicine.” Proverb
  6. Build Your Relationship: If you or your child is experiencing fatigue, it most likely is wearing on your relationship. Find ways to spend quality family time together; grab a latte, take a bike ride, or enjoy an ice cream outing.

Recognizing the signs of what causes exhaustion can help you navigate the feelings and emotions we’re all experiencing. If you or your child need immediate help, contact your physician or mental health provider. 

Sources: Medium.com & kidshealth.org

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