Overwhelmed and Stressed?
When stress becomes chronic and persists for weeks, months, or years, it can have harmful effects and lead to crisis fatigue.
Current events, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and political protests, have left people feeling many intense emotions, such as fear, anxiety, and anger. Over time, unrelenting stress can leave people feeling emotionally numb or tired.
These feelings have been dubbed “crisis fatigue.”
Experts say there are steps you can take to help mitigate the effects.
All data and statistics are based on publicly available data at the time of publication. Some information may be out of date.
What are the symptoms of crisis fatigue?
One is the hyperarousal, or high anxiety, state where people are irritable and any little thing may get them triggered.
Even a reminder of the crisis could result in a disproportionate emotional response from the person.
The other side, which is more severe and more significant, and also less easy to diagnose, is when people are withdrawn.
Instead of high anxiety, they show no anxiety or they resign to the crisis and don’t seem concerned about the crisis or situation.
They show no concern regarding the things that need to be done or consequences that may result from the crisis.
Other symptoms could include changes in sleep patterns, changes in appetite, and disruption in a person’s normal routines.
What can you do about it?
» Take care of the four pillars of physical wellness. These are nutrition, sleep, sex, and exercise.
» Stay connected with friends, family, and society at large.
» Try to preserve your routines. This will help you maintain a sense of normalcy in your life.
» Limit your media exposure. It’s important to be educated and informed,” he said, “… but don’t expose yourself to the news 24/7.
» Strive to replace emotions of anger and hatred with genuine feelings of appreciation and love. Although difficult, this is likely to reduce fear, anxiety, stress, and fatigue of all kinds, including crisis fatigue.
» Engage in activities you enjoy that you can do safely. This could be something like art, fishing, or even spiritual pursuits. The point is to engage in something that can take you to a ‘good’ place and away from constant bombardment with bad news.
» Try yoga or meditation. These practices have been associated with reduced stress and improved well-being.
If you’re experiencing symptoms like losing or gaining weight, not sleeping well, or just not functioning well in your daily life, these are all signs that you may need additional help,.
It’s important to note that you may not need to see a mental health professional for a long period of time.
Although we initially respond well to a crisis by producing more stress hormones to help us deal with it, we can’t go on like this for a long time. We will eventually experience what is known as “crisis fatigue.”
There are many steps we can take to mitigate crisis fatigue, such as taking care of our physical health and staying connected with friends and family.
However, if this doesn’t help, experts recommend that you talk with a mental health professional.
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