Containment fatigue: what it is and how it affects us

Containment fatigue is one of those forms of discomfort that has arisen as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. and other similar situations that last for weeks or months.

In this article, we will see what it is, what are its main causes and what to do with this problem that affects us emotionally, physically and socially.

    What is containment fatigue?

    Confinement fatigue is a collection of feelings and emotions associated with the lifestyle favored by full or partial confinement. It is usually a form of psychological attrition, and as long as it lasts, the person who develops it does not feel well.. It “exhausts” us emotionally, with a mixture of stress and bad mood similar to what happens in burnout syndrome.

    In the case of the COVID-19 crisis, this psychological phenomenon may have affected many people, because for many months we have been subjected to the need to minimize our movements, with all that this implies for our way of life. and how to socialize.

    Causes of stress from confinement fatigue

    These are the main sources of discomfort related to confinement fatigue

    1. Lack of incentives

    Some people, especially those unfamiliar with the use of computers and other electronic devices connected to the Internet, may end up settling into a state of chronic boredom caused by the monotony of the stimuli to which they are exposed.

    Unable to leave home, they are limited in the variety of experiences they can engage in in their spare time. he is able to lead to apathy: A mentality is generated that it no longer makes sense to seek out interesting activities.

    2. Lack of social contacts

    The fact of having been for months in a state of relative social isolation, without being able to interact face to face with a few friends, family and acquaintances, it brings out a feeling of lack of a support network. This feeling of loneliness can turn into negative emotions related to anxiety and depressed mood. In turn, this can be very difficult for the more outgoing people.

    3. Physical inactivity

    Although our species is not characterized by its great agility compared to the rest of the animals, it is nonetheless true that the human body is made to move; our body has evolved in reference to a lifestyle of direct contact with nature, which has prevailed in our daily lives for hundreds of thousands of years.

    Therefore, going through a season almost without moving affects us not only physically, but also psychologically. And it is because the line which separates the body from the spirit is, at bottom, an illusion. for that how we interact with the environment conditions how we feel and how we tend to think.

    In confinement fatigue, the discomfort of adopting just two or three postures throughout the day, not stretching the joints, and leaving large muscle groups unused (such as those in the glutes, which remain motionless and in a hurry while sitting) that it exposes us to anxiety, because we perceive ourselves to be more vulnerable and the more physical wear and tear pushes the body to mobilize fewer resources to ensure the proper functioning of the brain.

      What to do?

      Faced with the fatigue of childbirth, it is important to have psychological assistance; you can thus have a professional who will take care of the case in a personalized way and will offer you tailor-made solutions, taking into account the characteristics of the individual and the context in which he lives. In addition, these sessions can be performed remotely via video call platforms, so there is no risk of infection and in addition complete confidentiality is maintained.

      If you are considering seeing a psychologist to overcome confinement fatigue or any other form of emotional distress, contact me. I am an expert psychologist in the cognitive-behavioral model and I assist both in my Madrid practice and online.

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