Have you got Covid Fatigue?

“If you are arriving by land, sea or air from any one of 22 countries you will be required to do a 14 day isolation in a government chosen hotel. You may only travel if it is Essential. Holidays are NOT essential.” “You must sign a declaration of WHY you must travel before you leave.” “The curfew begins at 7pm and ends at 4 am. You will be fined if found out and about during the curfewed times.” I have not made these up I heard all of these new restrictions on a reliable news source.

Why are the numbers still going up? How long with the lockdown be? When will the schools reopen?

Covid Fatigue.

Have you got Covid Fatigue? You know you have it when you realize you are:

  • Desensitized to numbers of new cases, numbers of people in ICU, numbers of people who died today.
  • Reaching the point where you cannot remember not wearing a mask everywhere.
  • Realizing the vaccine is not a silver bullet.
  • Accepting Covid is not going away by the summer or the fall or…. ever?
  • Wondering if the new variant will be the one to kill you, or someone you love.
  • Feeling at least ten years older than when this all started one year ago.

Covid Fatigue is NOT long haul Covid. That goes light years beyond fatigue. It is exhaustion on a level we could never have imagined possible.

Covid Fatigue is NOT the cause of protesters howling for protection of their “rights” and so on .Those people have a different motivation. Those protesters needed an identity and a group to belong to and now they have found it.

People suffering from Covid Fatigue have been wearing their masks, staying home, eating take out food, closing their shops or restaurants and loosing their businesses and livelihoods. They have been doing their best and Covid still seems to be winning.

Coffee shop closed by covid-19 with workers picking up and cleaning inside

I am certain that I have Covid Fatigue. But I am lucky. I have a solution. His name is Biasini.

But I am not alone. There is a new acknowledgement that horses can provide therapy for people suffering from Covid Fatigue and Covid stress. Horse Canada recently published an article on two organizations that were offering programs designed to assist people suffering from Covid Fatigue that was producing depression, anxiety and isolation. Here is link to the article. Do take a look and see how horses are helping and why horses are uniquely suitable for this task.

  • photos other than mine are Pixabay*

30 Comments Add yours

  1. Not sure if this is true, but I’ve heard that animal shelters have been seeing a lot more adoptions during COVID. Last summer I started a vegetable garden (first time ever) for something to do. I try to keep myself busy, but I am missing family get-togethers. I hope this is over soon!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I have also heard that adoptions are way up. People are looking for companions and also if it’s a dog it gives them a reason to get out and have some exercise walking the dog. I hope Covid is under control soon too.

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  2. Sarah Davis says:

    I am COVID exhausted. My 25-year-old horse is officially retired. I’m hoping I am find the right horse for me this spring. I need time on the trail.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I hope you will get that trail time. It will make big difference. Thanks for commenting

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  3. Anne Sandler says:

    I’m so glad you have Biasini. Photography is keeping me sane during this time. I go out with my photo pod once a week. It’s a relaxing and nice get-a-way.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      That would be a good way to combat thr Covid fatigue. I imagine it keeps you focused in the present moment too.

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  4. Emma Cownie says:

    Yes, I have covid fatigue too. I am fine if I just think aboout today but the minute I wonder about next week, month I get depressed and anxious. My morning exercises help a lot.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      It seems for a lot of people the morning is the tricky time of day and exercises seem to help. I do the Eldergym online in the morning and then go to ride. It helps me to get going for sure. And just being at the barn and seeing Biasini is a great help. Horses live in the present and when I am around him I have to live in the present as well. Thanks for your comment Emma.

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      1. Emma Cownie says:

        All animals are a delight as they live in the present which, is why they are happy individuals and humans are often not! Yes, if I leave my exercises until later, they dont get done. First thing is just right even if I have to push myself to make a start.

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  5. Yes, and No. With gyms only shutting for 2 -3 months. I believe March through June, I still have that outlet. I feel sorry for my daughter and family. The days she goes shopping, she can barely get back in an hour. Prisoners don’t have to worry about that.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Up here prisoners have to worry about getting Covid. There have been outbreaks in a couple of prisons . But they don’t have to worry about shopping for groceries 🤣

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  6. Jen says:

    Things are certainly weird. We have very few restrictions here but I still don’t go out much. I probably should while I can. Anyways, every time I do go to a store, I spend the next 2 weeks worrying that I’ve put myself at risk. So I don’t know what’s worse anymore.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Well we are back in a lockdown. The only place I go to is to the barn to ride. I groom and tack up in my horses stall and I take my tack home to clean it. This way I am getting the least amount of exposure possible. We all wear masks at the barn because now we are in the cold of winter the doors and windows are all closed .I even wear a mask to ride as we are in an indoor arena. It is a big one but I just want to take what precautions i can Thanks for commenting Jen!

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  7. dprastka says:

    I didn’t know it had a name but am very thankful it is being recognized as Covid fatigue. I too struggle, seems worse in the mornings. I’m going to dive into gardening this year. A bigger one and I’m going to read up on it to learn how to garden better. I’m hoping this will help relieve some frustrations that weigh heavy on my mind with staying safe with this virus. 🥰
    HORSES are amazing therapy, we are truly lucky to have our own ❤️ and thanks for linking the article, equine therapy! 🐴❤️

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    1. anne leueen says:

      You are most welcome for the shared link. I find mornings are toughest. Once I get going and do my Eldergym class I brighten up a bit. And yes we are lucky to have our horses. Without them I think we would really be struggling.

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  8. Cannotr afford, considering the alternative. Am frustrated with the vaccine situation here in New York (and USA).

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Vaccine situation in Canada is not good either. The producers are telling us they will not be sending the amounts they had promised and in fact are sending nothing for a few weeks.😥

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      1. gosh we need to hold on

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  9. Sirri Rimppi says:

    I think everyone I know is “suffering” form covid fatigue. Seems useless to make any plans for the future. Everything gets cancelled anyway. I would think this is affecting people’s mental health just as much (or more) as the initial fear of the virus. Its nice to hear that Biasini helps you to deal with the situation.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I am lucky to have a horse. Horses don’t judge nor do they live anywhere but in the present moment . I always come away from my time at the barn feeling quite a bit better.

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  10. sandyjwhite says:

    I hear you, Anne! My Biasini is a trip to the gym. I feel so much better getting out of the house for awhile and exercising. It’s a definite mood and energy boost these days, even moreso than normal.

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  11. Perhaps I need some horse therapy? Sadly, I do have that option in person. However, I do have your posts to read. Your adventures and life with your lovely horse are a helpful. Thank you.

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    1. da-AL says:

      I agree, Gavin and Wyatt — what a balm it is to read Anne’s posts! this is an especially great one. I’m thinking that will all the people home & increased pet adoptions, our pets will be recounting these times to their kids as, “twas the best of times, twas the worst of times…”

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      1. anne leueen says:

        Ah yes! That is a great way to look at it..

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      2. Time and distance from distress can help put it in perspective….I hope so.

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  12. Cyranny says:

    Hi there, Anne 🙂 Thank you for sharing this… For a while, now, I’ve felt what you are describing, but I didn’t know there was a name for it. I keep telling myself that others are having it well worse than me, but the fatigue just won’t go away. Let’s just hope that things get a little better soon… xx

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I hear you! I find that I feel pretty low in the morning. But getting to the barn and riding I always perk up. Today I got up and an hour later had to go and lie down for a few minutes. I was so tired and that is not like me at all. Let’s hope for better times ahead!

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      1. Cyranny says:

        Oh yes, that feeling in the morning is terrible. It is weird how no matter how many times I stop and tell myself that the situation really isn’t that bad (We have food and a roof over our heads, Chéri and I can still work full time from home, and we haven’t gotten in a single fight in the 10 months spent together 24/7), I still feel low. I guess it is just my brain protesting against my will.

        Yup! Let’s keep hope for better times to come… And give a nice pat to Biasini for me 🙂 *2 meters away Hugs*

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