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Letters to the Editor- Our Lives and Covid-19

In March 2020, the world temporarily closed.  Covid-19 reshaped lives.

The pandemic is not our only problem now.

We heard the doom-and-gloom stories of coronavirus for months.  Even though Covid-19 restrictions are lowering in California, some people are physically and emotionally worn out at home, office, and school.

This ongoing stress is crisis fatigue.  It can take a toll on the body and mind.

Crisis fatigue is not a formal medical diagnosis, but it can lead to physical and mental health problems.  Here are a few ways to manage it:

  • Avoid negative coping skills

Overdrinking, drug use, and overspending money are a few.  Negative consequences can come, like driving drunk.

My gait, hearing and speech are damaged because a drunken driver hit me in 1992.

  • Make a daily routine

This is an essential cure because it is done continuously.  It is something you have control over.

  • Limit the news

Stay informed, but do not be glued to the media.  Too much can increase your crisis fatigue.  Wind down and disconnect from the news sometimes.

Believe in your own resilience.  This helps you survive the long road ahead.

-Lori Martin

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