So you manage to get a full eight hours of sleep, but for some reason, in-between zoom meetings and food deliveries, you want nothing more than to crawl back under the covers and sleep some more. Or maybe you have an assignment or a work task to do that’ll really only take an hour of solid work, max. But instead, you’re laying in bed scrolling through your social media feeds and not getting anything productive done.

Chances are, you’re not the only one. Repeated lockdowns have many of us constantly scraping the bottom of the barrel, looking for energy to get through the day. But why are we all so tired and unmotivated? And even now, when people are out and about again, why is the fatigue sticking around?

Pandemic Fatigue. Is it real?

Is that why I can’t seem to focus on coursework and assignments?

 

Absolutely.

Learning involves physical and physiological changes to the brain. When we learn new information, the brain has to encode, store, and retrieve that information by creating neurons and neural pathways. But when the brain is under stress, that process of neural growth and formation is affected. We can’t do it as quickly or as effectively.

That’s why something that usually takes you one readthrough to understand might now take a couple, or maybe even four passes. Sometimes, no matter how much you try, nothing seems to be sinking in at all.

And there is so much information to process! The news, new guidelines, new work challenges. And underneath all of that, we have our conflicting emotions; grief battling with humour, apathy, anger, etc. Our resilience to all of those things is constantly being tested. And while in some areas we can manage fine, with a constant barrage of things to deal with, naturally some will still slip through the cracks and chip away at our defences.

So… What should I do?

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