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Wednesday, 14 April 2021 10:49

Surviving the "Covid Burnout"

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The spring is coming, the weather is opening up, however, most of us are still going through the covid lockdown restrictions according to the different local or national regulations. And it doesn’t matter if these restrictions are softer or harder, what matters is that they have a common denominator and that’s the “covid burnout”.

I’m coming every day in contact with people who feel like they have reached their limits and they cannot deal anymore with all the changes that this covid-era has brought.
In the beginning of the lockdowns (already a year ago) people were willing (almost excited!) to try the various online social connection possibilities. Now these options are fading and social isolation seems to hit the bone. Depression, frustration, stress, fatigue, exhaustion and demotivation to pursue simple daily tasks are becoming the central players. The emotional and physical toll is heavy and everyday life becomes a challenge, especially for the folks that feel less fortified with the necessary coping skills.

Some mindfulness steps that might help you in case you are having a hard time during this strange period we are going through are the following:

1) Become aware of your thoughts. Where is your mind wondering during the day? What kind of thoughts are you having? Are they uplifting or pessimistic? What kind of emotions do your thoughts generate? Are your thoughts making you feel bad about yourself? The kind of thoughts we choose to have determines the way we choose to live our life. In challenging times, like this one, it’s so easy to get carried away by the stream of negative thoughts and then as a reaction to experience unpleasant emotions. Can you catch yourself starting this negative-thoughts cycle? Are you feeling trapped in shame, guilt, anger, grief or sadness? What do you inner critics whisper to your ears? Do you feel like you are not in control, or that you are not enough? Try to track your thought pattern. How is your brain trained to talk to you?

2) Become aware of your inner dialogue. How we talk internally to ourselves is crucial to our wellbeing. How we respond to our inner critics, our negative thoughts and our heavy emotions determines our ability to survive and to self-regulate. We learn this process in a young age. We are trained by our caregivers and this conditioning stays with us for the rest of our lives. But what happens if we were not taught how to efficiently self-regulate while growing up? I have good news for you! It’s never too late to learn new ways of managing your inner world and to adopt new coping skills for all the life challenges out there.

3) Turn your body into a safe space. Turn your physical body into a safe nest, that can host every negative thought, voice or emotion that comes up. Listen carefully and offer shelter and understanding. When we allow ourselves to be this safe space for anything that comes up from inside us, then we are creating space for inner transformation. We are becoming our own inner alchemists and we are opening the way of true connection, the connection to the Self. When this connection is developed and gradually embodied, our external world transforms as well.

A special note for the go getters out there: if you are used to have things under control in your life, but for some reason you find that now in the midst of the pandemic, you have somehow lost your magical juju, do not despair. What is required from you is a good amount of extra kindness and self-compassion for yourself. It requires that you become vigilant and ready to shush the inner voice that will come up to scold you. What you want to practice this time is being soft to yourself and soft to those around you.

4) If you feel that what is emerging from inside is hard to handle all by yourself, reach out. Talk to a person that you trust and that will listen with an open heart. Open up and ask them to hold that safe space with you so you can process everything that’s coming up. If this is not possible, consider searching for a therapist. A therapist’s job is exactly this, to hold a safe space for you so you can experience and explore yourself.

Becoming mindful of our ways, our thoughts, our emotions, our responses, our habits and our distraction strategies is not only helping our systems to calm down. It builds resilience and it helps our brain and our nervous system to heal. And in this safe space we are then better equipped to take care of our needs and to make wiser decisions.

I do hope you found this post informative and useful. If you feel that you need any assistance while going through this intensive covid-19 period, do not hesitate to contact me and schedule a private session. If you are in need of just a quick advice, check out the new “QUICK ADVICE SERVICE” in the Holistic Awareness homepage. For any related comments or questions, drop an email in the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I’ll come back to you asap.

Take lots of good care!



Warmly,

Nina
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