Pandemic Fatigue

While we can all experience fatigue in different ways, it is possible to counter its effects. The Commission has developed resources to help you look out for some of the signs of fatigue, and shares steps you can take to be kind to yourself and overcome these feelings.

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Pandemic fatigue is real and it's absolutely understandable many Australians are experiencing it.

Every Australian has had to endure a lot as a result of COVID-19.

We put 2020 behind us and envisaged 2021 as being a fresh start. We found the courage to support ourselves, our loved ones and our communities through many hardships last year, but it’s a bit different this time as many of us are running close to empty emotionally and mentally. It’s absolutely understandable that many Australians are experiencing pandemic fatigue at this time, but it’s important to realise that we can overcome it.

The National Mental Health Commission and mental health services are united in urging all Australians to take practical steps to maintain their mental wellbeing.

Everybody is experiencing pandemic fatigue differently.  Some of us may not even be aware it’s affecting us. 

It’s important to be aware of pandemic fatigue in ourselves and in those around us, so we can take proactive opportunities to maintain our wellbeing.

Click here to download further information about the feelings and behaviours that indicate pandemic fatigue and the practical steps you can take to alleviate them.

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