Curbing COVID-19 fatigue

It’s been a year—many would say a long year—since COVID-19 became part of daily life in Minnesota. COVID-19 fatigue, the burnout from missing your friends, family and usual routine, is real and can harm your physical and emotional well-being.

Using a healthy approach to cope with stress will make you, your family and your community stronger. Here are some ways to ward off COVID-19 fatigue:

  • Connect with other people: Call or have a video conference with a friend or two. Seeing someone’s facial expressions can help increase connection. 
  • Limit exposure to news or social media updates. 
  • Get out of the house and go outdoors. Even a few minutes of fresh air can help. Better still, if you can do so, take a walk or get some other exercise.
  • Take time to unwind and do soothing activities: Listen to relaxing music, practice a few minutes of deep breathing, or take a bath. Let go of regrets about the past and put future worries out of your thoughts.
  • Take care of your physical health: Stick to a regular routine, get enough sleep, eat healthy meals and avoid
  • excessive alcohol.

For more information, visit blm.mn/mhealth or call 651-201-3627. If you or someone you care about is in immediate danger, call 911.