COVID-19 has been the #1 topic on everyone’s mind in 2020 so far. With every trending topic there is a burnout, but the global pandemic isn’t a topic we should push to the side. This raised the questions, what is coronavirus “caution fatigue”?
“In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an influx of media attention on helping people comply with quarantine safety guidelines. I’ve observed a phenomenon called ‘caution fatigue’ — caution fatigue is low motivation or energy to observe safety information,” Jacqueline Gollan, the associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine who coined the term, told Fox News.
How do we move forward while still airing on the side of caution? Here are some tips that Jacqueline Gollan suggests to combat coronavirus “caution fatigue.”
1. Update yourself with credible safety information provided by medical professional ensure you are reading “credible news sources.” Change up the source of your news so it continues to catch your attention.
2. Take care of your body, exercise regularly, get quality sleep, eat healthily, avoid mood-changing drugs and over-using alcohol and avoid high-risk behaviors. Call your doctor if you feel unwell, or cannot sleep.
3. Assume more social responsibility or an altruistic approach. More we-thinking and less me-thinking. Improving social fitness. See if you can find alternative ways of socializing and getting support.
4. Set goals of enjoyment and mastery, express gratitude, use positive humor, learn to stabilize your emotions and increase your integrity.
5. Gollan also advised trying “short coping statements.” (Example: “This is very hard right now, but I will make it through.”)
6. Rekindle your hope that things will change, try to forgive others and yourself. You can look to positive religious or spiritual coping to help with this.
7. Try to reduce stress exhaustion and your exposure to other risk situations such as overusing alcohol or being in hot weather. See if you can learn from your stress: How does it help me grow, change and find new solutions?