Here we will be posting regularly with updates on our activities, this can be relative to our website, our work with the community, our Bubble workshops and anything in-between. Over the coming months be sure to watch this blog and our social media for exciting news on what we aim to achieve.
To start with, it’s important we remember to stay safe and remain aware of the risks the virus poses to us and our loved ones. With everyone experiencing some form of frustration or feelings of isolation and loneliness during the national lockdown, it’s not surprising that after 13 months we are experiencing what is referred to as 'Pandemic Fatigue'.
'Pandemic Fatigue': What It Is & The Three Phases
Kira M. Newman wrote an interesting article exploring how Pandemic Fatigue has affected the UK, increasing levels of anxiety, depression and stress as we spent longer under lockdown rules. The article describes three key phases we each experienced on our personal journey through the pandemic: Loneliness, aloneliness and Zoom fatigue.
At first we experienced loneliness; simply due to the lack of social contact we were used to before restrictions were put in place.
Aloneliness is simply the opposite of loneliness, where our own homes, or our work spaces lack solitude from others, where we are now searching for moments of personal solitude when it is hard to find.
Zoom fatigue refers to those using Zoom for work or a long-term commitment, with strained eye-contact and a lack of movement only pushing us towards longing for social contact once again.
What We Can Do & Support Links
Many of us are still under shielding guidelines, or are having to remain indoors as restrictions are lifted, or maybe you are waiting for your COVID-19 vaccination. It’s important we treat those that are vulnerable with care and respect as we begin to enjoy meeting friends and family, visiting beer gardens, or going back to work. Let’s focus on a safer future for everyone.
With restrictions on travel and socialization slowly being lifted in the UK, here at Healthbox we are focused on delivering more in-person activities, workshops and community engagements when we are able to.
Hopefully this post about Pandemic Fatigue puts what we how many of us are feeling into perspective, though if you need support as we get used to normal life again, please visit NHS Online: 10 tips for you to follow if you’re worried about COVID-19 and want handy ways to maintain personal health and wellbeing.
Here you can check out our online workshop 'Stories for Wellbeing' via The Bubble, which is designed to bring the community together by reading stories or poems in a social space. Similarly if you're interested in art, you can purchase an art pack from our online store to take part in our 'Unleash Your Inner Artist' workshop. These are just two ways with us you can start combating pandemic fatigue, take up a new hobby, and meet new people.
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