Do you feel sick and tired, helpless, and hopeless and do not care anymore because of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic?
Probably you are in a state called societal pandemic burnout or pandemic fatigue.
According to experts, this is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress related to the covid-19 pandemic.
In a webinar dubbed Tiwasay: A Webinar on Burnout, which is initiated by University of Philippines Manila Student Council, Kristine Felipe shared on the how to spot the signals and how to deal and avoid experiencing this.
Felipe, a registered nurse and the webinar speaker, said among the signs include practicing poor self-care; feeling tired, exhausted or overwhelmed; feelings of sadness, depression, failure, helplessness; or blaming others.
Other signs, she informed, include feeling generally irritable; becoming easily frustrated; feeling disassociated; indifferent or apathetic; or isolating or disconnecting from others.
She shared some ways to prevent burnout by caring for one's mental health sourced from the International Federation of Red Cross:
1. Boosting of one's physical wellbeing with healthy diet, physical activity, weight management, and health check-ups.
2. Using stress management techniques like mindfulness; 4-7-8 breathing technique; and the butterfly hug.
3. Establishing, planning and upholding, a daily routine.
4. Staying informed but getying information only from credible sources.
5. Accepting feelings by recognizing the emotion, allowing the energy to flow, going inside yourself by gaining insight of what is happening, and nurturing yourself in a non-judgemental manner.
6. Maintaining a sense of hope trying to focus on things that are positive in life.
7. Staying socially close even when physically maintaining distance by reaching out and supporting other people.
8. Planning time alone and time together by creating a list of things to do together and also by asking for help or delegating tasks.
9. Seeking help from a professional like a counselor, psychologist or a pastor.
In finality, Felipe said, "Burnout is not about giving too much of yourself, it is about trying to give what you do not possess." (JCR/JPD/JDS, PIA Ilocos Norte)