Re-Framing the Concept of “Pandemic Fatigue”

This is one of the pumpkins Charlie decorated this year – I relate to this face!

I’ve been noticing a lot of articles and news stories lately talking about “Pandemic Fatigue” or the “Six Month Wall.”

Whatever it’s called, the concept is that many people right now are feeling weary and wondering when everything will get back to “normal.” How about instead of waiting around for “normal” to happen, we live our best lives in the here and now?

I don’t have any magic words of wisdom, but here is what I TRY work on daily:

Daily Gratitude Affirmations

  • PEOPLE – my wonderful family, my community of neighbors and peers, friends near and far.
  • PLACES – we live in paradise. Sometimes I have to remind myself to look, see and feel it.
  • THINGS – nice warm socks, a yummy dinner, good books to read: there’s always some thing to be grateful for.

Three good things that happened today

Charlie and I challenge each other to name the BEST part of the day. Sometimes it’s hard to just pick one best part!

Only control what you can control!

I can only control what I can control, including my reactions to others’ actions or words.

Planting seeds or weeds: the choice is ours!

My favorite quotation is from Robert Louis Stevenson:

“Don’t judge the day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”

Plant seeds of gratitude, of joy, of calm – they will choke out the weeds that threaten to overwhelm us in challenging times.


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