Is anyone else feeling burned out? I've been trying to wait out the virus when, really, this seems like the new status quo. I was really looking forward to leaving the house and travelling somewhere during December, but instead, I'm taking an extended staycation.
But four days into my staycation, I'm still. so. exhausted.
How's everyone getting through this pandemic? Any tips for getting through the next 6 months? I've been in quarantine since March 2020. And the thought of staying in the house for another 18-24 months is damn near horrifying. This is me speaking as an introvert who loves to travel.
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I did much better once I changed things up. Find something that takes you outside and do something different/safe. (Outside activities are very safe)
You could also take precautions and just bite the bullet. Buy some medical grade masks, and go out into the world. The virus isn't going to disappear, but that doesn't mean you have to disappear from the world. Take all the precautions you can and you should be pretty safe.
Good luck 👍
thanks for this advice. I've been thinking about this over the past few days and I think you're right about venturing outside. The virus isn't going to disappear anytime soon. I def can't stay cooped up forever. So I need to find ways to go out. There are activities, like hiking, biking, snowboarding, that I can do solo. But being vaccinated, there's no reason to avoid meeting up with friends.
Also had a recent Covid scare with symptoms that were likely due stress and a mild cold. That made me realize that in the worst case scenario, I would mostly regret not enjoying my life. Thanks again for the words of wisdom. It gave me so much to think about.
I hear you. I decided to take a staycation too and it was the biggest mistake. I feel like a pent up tiger pacing the cage.
I agree with Brad. The outside is safe. I also need to change it up and go for longer local walks.
Hang in there,
Thanks Matt! A tiger pacing the cage is the perfect analogy. I've been feeling like that for weeks and the stress from work is not helping. In addition to some outdoor activities, I'd like to plan one big trip this year. And even if it's for a weekend, I'd like to start visit friends and interact with people again.
Do you have any major plans for the year?
PLANS, I have a ton. haha. But can I do them now? 'don't know.
I am in a odd situation. I am caring for my elderly parents and they are terrified by even the threat of covid. So I feel I must minimize my exposure for their sake.
My last plan (before I decided to do the staycation) was a trip to see relatives 10 hrs away. I am itching for a road-trip. Life, right now, is a series of 'delayed gratifications.' I am hoping that this summer will be different. ;) In the meantime, I am walking more often.
You? What are your long term goals or plans?
It's super, super rough. But hang in there, you're not alone. I don't know your situation, obviously, but I would very highly recommend seeking help with a therapist, though. These things can get overwhelming and out of hand in a hurry. It did for me this summer, and before I knew it I lost my job cause I just wasn't even showing up to work. And it didn't even feel like a big deal. Depressed can really mess with your perception.
Anyway, hang in there!
Definitely scheduling some time with my therapist asap. I'm sorry to hear that your depression got so bad. Have you found something yet? If not I'm happy to give you a Microsoft referral.
It's been rough for me too, but I'm hoping it doesn't get to that point. My coping mechanism was to fully immerse myself into my job. That unfortunately has lead to more exhaustion. Now I'm forcing myself to find new hobbies and as Brad mentioned above, I need to go outside more. Being cooped up and stressed is not the way I want to live my life :)
Hey, I'm sorry, I haven't checked this site in a couple months. Thank you so much for the offer, it makes me feel warm inside to know that folks are watching out for each other. I started a new job in December, just like a week before I posted that comment, I'm definitely starting to come out of the fog.
I’m not in the workforce yet. However, covid began exactly halfway through my college career and I have noticed an incredibly prominent lack of drive, chronic tiredness, and overall depression in me that happened immediately when the fall 2020 semester began. Being in an apartment, alone, with zero in person classes has essentially ruined my life. I don’t get anything done anymore and I have zero desire to achieve anything because of it.
same here ! :'(
Sorry to hear you're having a rough time too :(
Do you find any of the comments above helpful?