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Corona fatigue...is it just me?(62 Posts)
I have developed corona fatigue such that I am fed up with watching the relentless news and fed up with the life restrictions imposed. I did quite well for the first 3 weeks but now I am struggling much more to cope especially when I hear of restrictions potentially lasting a lot longer, possibly up to 2 years even.
There is relentless positivity around me about how people are loving lockdown or at least coping really well.
I don't have small children and I'm not on my own or in an abusive relationship but I'm still struggling - is it just me?
No, I think everyone is struggling. It’s the fear, uncertainty and feeling of hopelessness I think.
If I heard the government talking about extensive testing / contact tracing and local quarantining as a route out of this, as well as stopping the flights which are still coming in, I would feel more hopeful I think.
But worse than that is the sadness and suffering that is happening, and the wondering how much of it would have been avoidable if the government had looked at what was happening in other places and acted sooner and differently.
What a tragedy.
I am struggling too and I am still leaving the house to work! I miss socialising with friends and seeing family.
I am also concerned that actually we don't even know if this course of action is for the best. I work for the NHS so I know that people are not getting help and treatment and potentially being put at risk and dying to try to "save" corona patients who might have lived or died either way. It's very worrying. I'm concerned for the long term impact on my children's mental health and education. I'm concerned for my relationships out of the home. I'm concerned for the mental health of some of my friends (and myself if this continues for a long time). I'm concerned for the economy.
Obviously we're all trying our best and this might be the best course of action and may be the best way to save the most lives (although I worry that younger, fitter people are being left to die to save older more infirm people) we don't know.
Hopefully the government will have the sense to actually look at other countries and make a plan based on that rather than giving into whoever is shouting the loudest in the media... time will tell
Stay positive. Drug trials are underway and we’ll be getting results within weeks. That could make a massive difference.
@formerchild yes I hope we will look at what other countries are doing and try to benefit from that knowledge.
Fatigue is affecting people’s behaviour, as well. I’ve already begun to notice people taking less care about the two metre rule in supermarkets and in public spaces. For a time when I noticed people were very keen to distance and would hop quickly out into the street to avoid someone coming their way on the pavement - I’ve noticed much less of that the past week or so. When I go into my apartment block, people are holding doors for each other. My neighbour offered to help carry my shopping for me. The novelty of distancing has worn off and honestly I think the longer lockdown continues the more people who were originally careful will begin breaching it and having sneaky small gatherings. It’s started already among several people I know who were very zealous three/four weeks ago.
I agree. I'm just back from Tesco and people were definitely not as minded about the personal distancing. The roads were like a normal Saturday and both my neighbours had visitors in yesterday so I think fatigue is definitely setting in.
I guess this is why they have much stricter rules and sanctions in places like Italy.
I can only imagine that the higher the level of restrictions the higher would be the level of corona fatigue
It's interesting in the sense you don't know how it will pan out but it is a bit slow. Sort of like when watching a film with sort of lighting plot but tedious dialogue you just want to fast forward to see how it pans out.
Maybe you should limit yourself to only watching the news or anything Corona related once a day?
I would definitely like to go to bed and wake up in a few weeks when lockdown is over (or at least eased a bit).
It goes against natural human instinct, which is why many are finding it extremely difficult as time goes on, myself included.
I've just come across this from our local newspaper hopefully it works!!
I definitely relate to it feeling like a film with a slow plot and also to wanting to wake up and it's all over with!
I've been saying all along that long term lockdown isn't feasible.
People will breakdown, kids will suffer and the economy will completely tank which means more lives lost or broken.
Cancer patients won't get the treatment they need in time etc. How many deaths from this?
I got abuse for this view but it's just the truth. There has to be an exit strategy that balances all the factors.
Some people like lockdown and not always for healthy reasons so they can bleat on about how we should lockdown long term or the schools shouldn't go back until 2024 or some such nonsense but this is a view that has no empathy for the wider suffering.
Same as you op - feeling very flat, lethargic and not interested in life now. Its the relentless monotony and the restrictions on our freedom plus nothing to look forward to. I can't watch my teens play football at the weekend any more, I can't watch my team play on Saturdays, the Olympics is off (and I so love watching TV coverage of that), the Edinburgh festival is cancelled and we had booked flights and tickets for that, my holiday to Japan is off and I have lost the £6000 deposit, we can't go for a day out to the beach, we can't have a drink in a pub, I can't go to my favourite arty independent theatre (again, various things booked), my 90 year old dad can't visit my mum in her Nursing home. Our income is affected. Its all thoroughly shit
Also concerned about my 16 and 17 year old who appear to have given up, are doing nothing productive and just mooching aimlessly around.
I fear they will add another 2 or 3 weeks after this next 3 weeks has expired given a total of 8/9 weeks in lockdown which seems intolerable.
It also grinds my gears when people (meaning well, I am sure) try to jolly me out of this as if I am making a fuss about nothing
"Some people like lockdown"
Each to their own, but I do find this a bit weird tbh
Some people are definitely claiming to prefer lockdown, I guess it takes all types!
Some people are really getting off on "Im better at lockdown than you" or "I'm telling on you" or "lockdown should be even harder and even longer and then I'd be happier"
I'm feeling pretty despondent. My business may collapse or at least my income is going to be vastly reduced - probably for years, my DD feels she can't go back to college when it opens (mental health-related, she was getting support but that has gone), my DF died a few months ago and my DM has constant life threatening health emergencies, and I have no DP to care how I am. I'm usually pretty positive and proactive but I feel defeated just now. I know there are lots of people worse off than me, but this whole experience is just so different for different groups of people.
Each to their own, but I do find this a bit weird tbh
Why? I'm an introvert, life hasn't changed that much and luckily I'm financially okay. While I'm not enjoying the fact people are dying, not getting needed treatment and losing livelihoods, I'm enjoying quieter surroundings and having the chance to read/write/exercise as much as I like every day.
I absolutely understand why people are struggling, but when you don't really have family, friends or a social life then there's not much to miss.
Sorry I shouldn't have been so judgemental ImPeckish. I suppose I don't understand how people can relish the samey-ness of it with no novelty or future plans. I am not especially extrovert as it happens - probably somewhere in between
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