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Can Pandemics Cause Fatigue?

The Paychology of SOLATION FATIGUE Amidst the COVID pandemic, 2 in 3 Americans have felt ANXIOUS, DEPRESSED, LONELY, OR HOPELESS AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK PANDEMIC FATIGUE What Are Americans Hoarding? * According to Neilsen, compared to the same time last year First Signs Of Stress: Supermarkets quickly sold out of common items in the first wave of panic buying* PANIC Duying 470% | Hand sanitizer WEEK 1 Ending March 7 385% | Aerosol disinfectants 213% Toilet paper More than any other consumer packaged good WEEK 2 Ending March 14 195% Facial tissue WEEK 3 647% Baking yeast Ending March 21 622% Spiral hams 55% Alcohol WEEK 4 456% A handful of brands saw huge growth, despite a tough economy Hard seltzers Ending March 28 243% Online alcohol sales 2000% WEEK 5 647% Hair clippers Purchases of vegetable seeds, chickens, and freezers have Ending April 5 23% Hair color skyrocketed 364% Normal demand % of increase 68% In April, MEAT PLANTS ACROSS THE U.S. WERE FORCED TO CLOSE due to outbreaks of COVID-19 among their workers saw a 68% increase in sales King Arthur's Flour sales increased 2000% Consumers responded by doubling typical meat purchases and emptying grocery shelves Sales of White Claw® Hard Seltzer grew 364% Rationalizing The Irrational In times of fear and stress, our brains present conflicting reactions The frontal cortex reacts rationally Tries to analyze the situation and long term consequences The HIDDEN Epidemic RATIONAL THOUGHT "I don't need to buy another roll of toilet paper." MENTAL HEALTH The amygdala reacts emotionally Encourages immediate action to protect yourself QUARANTINE SPILLOVER CHRONIC GUT REACTION & ISOLATION EFFECT STRESS "BUT, better safe than sorry." May lead to serious psychological effects, including symptoms consistent with depres- sion and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) High levels of anxiety over a long period, changes our brains- causing hypervigilance, fatigue, irritability, and increased risk taking Collective actions can When anxiety is high, these messages get confused and it's harder to make rational decisions lead to an increase in PTSD and depression, including for people who aren't directly involved At the end of April, 3 IN 4 AMERICAN ADULTS expected a second wave of the virus and supported continued social distancing BUT, over time compliance fatigue will grow TOO MUCH TO PROCESS: Informalion Overload The novel coronavirus posses an invisible, universal, and largely unknown threat -a cloud of uncertainty that can heighten fear and perceived risk INFORMED VS. MISINFORMED DANGER VS. RISK LINEAR VS. EXPONENTIAL COMPASSION VS. FATIGUE While the danger coronavirus poses is real, individuals' perception of the risk is based on their Our brains think linearly, assuming a constant rate of growth – but the virus spreads at an exponential rate Stories of suffering can suddenly become overwhelming in times of stress, when our desire to help turns into emotional and physical exhaustion A flood of information makes it harder to separate fact from fiction - spreading fear and potentially endangering public health own judgment and feelings The increased stress and anxiety felt during a pandemic can be even harder on Those with chronic, physical or mental health issues Workers helping to respond to the crisis Low wage earners facing financial strain and lacking sick leave NO ONE TO TALK TO? COPING Under Quaranline Social distancing may make us to turn to things that aren't as helpful as they seem SOCIAL MEDIA OVERUSE We naturally curate our media consumption to sources we already agree with, leading to more polarized opinions over time Push notifications can heighten the feeling of information overload by creating a sense of urgency and interrupting other activities Heavy social media use can lead to feeling even more socially isolated An additional 1.5 hours of daily use may double risk of feeling alone Turn off notifications limits exposure to only information you seek out Seek out reliable sources for accurate, Sustain relationships with one-on-one interaction through phone or text up-to-date info on COVID-19 ZOOM FATIGUE The unnaturalness of on-camera interactions can leave you feeling emotionally drained, but moving the camera out of your direct line of sight may help COPING WITH STRESS: Find a Wealthy Balance Periods of high anxiety aren't all bad – you may find opportunities for positive personal growth MacBook Pc Practicing coping skills may help you face the next crisis Sudden changes create opportunities for forming healthier habits Shared struggles remind us to give back and support the community Many Americans are returning to, or starting new hobbies that support creativity and self care Breadmaking Painting Home exercise Cooking Photography Mindfulness Gardening Calligraphy Meditation WHEN TO ASK FOR HELP: If you feel overwhelmed by emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others, it's time to ask for help Sources: Contact the Disaster Distress Helpline nytimes com/2020/03/11/business/new-sick-leave-policy.html Call 1-800-985-5990 Text *"TALKWITHUS" ptoms to 66746 or contact your health insurance for telehealth therapy options -chats-are-so-exhausting cdc oov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html -video how-to-find-a-therapist Land-ordces A pandemic can feel overwhelming, -19 fool cominyesting/202004/07/people-are-still-drinking-massive-quantities-of-h but monitoring your mental health can help. nationalor HOW ARE YOU MANAGING? phonewe com/science/sclence-news/neople-often-think-their-qut-s-not-ideal-pandemic-n1179926 Presented by: E DEVELOPED BY N NOWSOURCING -g-and-a-on-the-psychology

Can Pandemics Cause Fatigue?

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