Fighting the Fatigue of Social Distancing

Feeling Tired and Disappointed

I remember feeling tired when our kids were little. I’d chase them all day only to collapse into bed each night. But this kind of fatigue feels different. It’s not the “sleepy tired” because I stayed up too late working or reading or watching tv after the kids went to bed. Or the exhausted tired from running between work, appointments, and errands.

I Can Do This

But then I remembered that I have so many blessings and those things I’m tired and disappointed and sad about will be ok. My family is healthy, I can FaceTime my grandkids, and we will go on other vacations. I’m not perfect, but I can try to be more positive despite it all. I can do this.

Three Questions to Help Fight the Fatigue

  1. How did I see the hand of God today?
  2. What can I be grateful for right now, at this moment?
  3. What can I learn from this?

Why We Need Gratitude During a Pandemic

Are you barely functioning because this destructive disease has taken a friend or loved? Are you finding it hard to imagine how you can get through the next day, hour, or even a minute? Maybe you weren’t able to be with them during their last moments because of restrictions on visitors. Or perhaps the funeral has to be different, and gathering to honor or celebrate life isn’t a current option.

3 Benefits of Gratitude

Even though life might feel like it’s all coming undone right now, we need to keep pushing ahead and recognize we’re all in this together. Focusing on gratitude and growth — by asking yourself those three questions — can help you shift your perspective.

Ideas for Practicing Gratitude

Being more grateful is one of the last things we feel like doing when we’re caught fighting the fatigue of social distancing. It’s so much easier to stay in the “I’m tired” stage. But the benefits of gratitude are like a little bonus to pull you through.

  • Take a gratitude walk.
  • Prayer and meditation allow you to focus on the ways you’ve been blessed.
  • Send a text or mail a note of encouragement or thanks.
  • Intentionally notice the little, ordinary things you might sometimes overlook.
  • Keep checking in with people you love. We are blessed to have technology at our fingertips to call, text, email, FaceTime, and Zoom to stay connected.
  • Reach out and serve others who might be having a more difficult time than you are right now.
  • Read, study, and learn about gratitude.
  • Find a podcast to listen to about gratitude.
  • Create a new family tradition or start a new hobby. Bread making is on the rise along with family front porch pictures, game night, meaningful dinner conversation, and gardening. You could also create a nightly ritual where each family member gets to share your daily gratitude.
  • Donate to a charity or support a small business — include a note or message of thanks. We’ve been intentional about getting takeout from our favorite restaurants to show our support and gratitude for what they provide to the community.

Tandem biker, lemon lover, and wisdom searcher. You can find more of Lori’s writing at https://www.lorijackson.online/

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