5th August 2020
by Clare Davy

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, we have all experienced rapid change, with varying degrees of restrictions and lockdowns depending on our location in the world. During this time, we have had to change the way we live, work, and interact with others. It is common to feel some anxiety during this period of change and uncertainty, and we often start to feel fatigued by the amount of change we are experiencing.

The strategies discussed in this guide are intended to help you with deal with the constant change we are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, these are life skills you can adopt to help you when facing change throughout your life.

Strategies to help you cope better with constant change and change fatigue

1. Work out what you can and can't control

We often get fatigued by change when we focus on those things we cannot control.  Most of the changes imposed upon us, due to the pandemic, have been out of our control. Focusing on those things that we have no control or influence over can have a negative impact on our mental wellbeing. It is important to focus on what we can control, such as continuing to practise good hygiene, abiding by physical distancing rules, practising and maintaining a self-care routine and so on. 

2. Reframe your thinking and focus on the positives

The ability to reframe your thinking and manage your thoughts is a powerful tool when feeling overwhelmed by constant change and uncertainty. Much of the change that has happened as a result of the pandemic is likely temporary. For example, physical distancing restrictions, lockdowns, suspension of overseas and domestic travel, remote working and so on. Try to focus on the positive changes and improvements that have occurred in the last few months, such as new ways of working and collaborating with your team, ability to connect with others in different ways, and more time spent with those in your household.  Apply the Mindset Shift Tool to practise reframing your thinking.

3. Build your resilience

Resilience involves being flexible and finding balance in your life as you deal with stressful circumstances and constant change. Looking after your physical and mental wellbeing and cultivating good social support networks are the building blocks for personal resilience.

4. Monitor how much news and information you are absorbing

While it is important to keep well-informed of new developments and any changes, particularly those changes to lockdown procedures or government imposed restrictions, it is equally important to monitor and set appropriate boundaries to limit how much coverage you access. Too much can impact your overall wellbeing. It is best to check news updates and/or social media once in the morning and then in the early evening and try to limit the amount of time to no more than one hour in total per day. Refer to the article Setting Boundaries for Social Media & Accessing the News.

5. Look after yourself

Support your wellbeing by practising self-care, eating well, exercising and getting good quality sleep. 

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