Do you find that you are feeling drained and exhausted these days? You are not alone. As we transition into colder and darker days, a lack of sunshine can greatly affect energy and mood. Fall is also a very busy time of year for families that can drain everyone’s energy reserves. Between running after little ones, homework in the evenings, extracurricular activities and fall colds settling in, I don’t know about you, but I often find myself rubbing my eyes and reaching for that extra cup of coffee during the day.
On top of all of it all, do you feel an extra weight on your shoulders this fall? You could be suffering from pandemic fatigue, which is making many people feel mentally exhausted. Maybe you’ve been feeling the strain of being isolated at home. Perhaps you’re tired of following rigorous health measures at work or out in the community. Maybe your children are always battling colds and you are a regular at the COVID-19 testing centre.
Whatever the reason, remember that you are not alone. So many of us are finding it hard. Here are a few tips that may help give you a lift.
Some things you can do for yourself these days
- Be kind to yourself. Remind yourself that it is okay that to feel a little run down these days.
- Boost serotonin levels by getting outside for at least 10 to 15 minutes per day, ideally during daylight hours. Go for a lunchtime stroll or roll around in the leaves with your kiddos. Whatever you do, the fresh air will do you good!
- Talk to someone. Reach out to a friend, colleague or family member.
- Try to do something for yourself that you personally enjoy.
- Eat well. Try a new recipe!
- Enjoy the coziness of this time of year. Curl up inside with a nice warm beverage.
- Get a good night’s sleep.
- Keep an eye out for those first, magical snowflakes because they will be here before you know it!
These are not easy times, but we just have to find some energy to keep doing our part a little longer. Bear in mind that all of our actions have an impact on those around us, not just those in our close circles.
If you feel like you need a little extra support to give you a boost, don’t hesitate to reach out to one of the many wonderful resources available to our community. Feel free to take part in any of our Family Matters programming or in the weekly Getting Through it Together chats put on by EPIQ (English-speaking Parents in Quebec) volunteers. If you are feeling distressed and need help, please get in touch with the supportive mental health team at Jeffery Hale Community Services or call the 24 hour/7 days a week Info-social line. Dial 811 and choose option 2.
I am also available to help. I would be happy to share resources or point you in the right direction, so feel free to drop me a line: firstname.lastname@example.org