Isn’t it ironic how we used to joke, “Wouldn’t it be great to have a six-month vacation twice a year?” It is rightly said, “You never realise the value of something until it’s gone, hence why you should always appreciate the little things in life.” We are all worn out by sitting at home.
The coronavirus pandemic has altered our lives in numerous ways and taken a heavy toll on us. One is likely to work sitting at home with new constraints, but most of us continue to complain about feeling tired and lethargic throughout the day and don’t understand why. After all, we’re not commuting and are instead “just” sitting at home on videoconference. it turns out that there is a real reason for our exhaustion.
Many of us have been sent home and no longer have the option of going to work or work in our usual capacities. The lack of autonomy can be both frustrating and disorienting. Whether we like it or not, our bodies require a schedule to function. Even if we are doing things that make us feel “relaxed” or “easy,” they can leave us exhausted and overworked. Yes, even watching Netflix all day gets tiring.
Everything in our lives has turned upside down. The line between professional and personal life is blurred in this new normal, and it has frequently impacted us mentally or emotionally. We, as students, are also fed up with online classes. Studying is difficult especially when our beds are only a few feet away. Sitting in front of a laptop all day, interacting via Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or other videoconferencing platforms, has also left us feeling overwhelmed. It has suddenly become part of the lexicon of our lives. When the environment is also not conducive to work or study from home, it becomes more stressful and inconvenient. We are social beings and need typical social contact. Nowadays we are spending far too much time in our beds and spending endless time scrolling through our social media accounts. While connecting with other people is important, it can deplete all our energy.
Working from home is difficult for a variety of reasons. Pandemic has the appearance of a large black cloud looming over our heads. We are all stressed and anxious as a result of the pandemic. We are all grieving as a result of a loss, a current event, or a disruption in our lives. All of this is emotionally draining, resulting in a lack of energy and fatigue.