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Post COVID Fatigue: Take These Small Steps To Win It Effectively

What Is Post COVID-19 Fatigue?

Post COVID-19 Fatigue
Post COVID-19 Fatigue
People who have suffered from COVID-19 commonly face fatigue and eventually post covid fatigue. Dullness, tiredness, lack of energy, decreased concentration as well as low memory power and inability to complete daily tasks are the result of post covid fatigue. 

The duration of it may vary from person to person and depending on the severity of COVID-19 infection. Even after you successfully defeated COVID-19 infection, post Covid-19 fatigue may persist for two to three weeks or even months.

Fatigue is typically body's reaction to a viral disease like Corona. It is excessive tiredness that doesn't go away even after getting enough sleep or rest. Even if you got a lot of sleep and rest, you might still feel tired. Our body's strong immune response to the virus is probably to blame.

Fatigue not only affects patients with Covid-19 who are hospitalized but also those patients who suffer from mild forms of the illness and recovering at home. Post-COVID fatigue shouldn't be taken casually. It should be treated in a very appropriate manner. It is advised by health care providers and doctors to take sufficient rest. Modifying your diet and nutrition as well as modification in daily routine can help you overcome and defeat the fatigue. 

We can differentiate between tiredness and fatigue.  Enough rest provides relief from tiredness however, fatigue may persist even if you are sleeping and taking rest more than usual.

What are the Sign and Symptoms of COVID Fatigue?

According to researchers, even in COVID-19 patients who are asymptomatic, fatigue is the most commonly observed.  Nearly 63% of COVID-19 patients may have difficulty in performing activities of daily living like self-care. It may also impair social and recreational activities. In normal healthy people fatigue results in as a physiological reaction to extreme exercises and prolonged physical activities. However, a person suffering from viral infection or Covid-19 may feel fatigue or exhaustion even at rest.

Depending on the severity of viral infection, you may feel one or more symptoms:

  • Chronic tiredness or sleepiness
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Muscle soreness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Diminished reflexes and responses
  • Irritability
  • Loss of appetite
  • Reduced immune system function
  • Blurred vision
  • Poor coordination
  • Poor decision-making skills
  • Poor concentration and memory problems
  • Low motivation
  • Hallucinations

What Should You Do to Manage COVID Fatigue?

Fatigue, as a result of viral sickness like COVID-19 or long-haul COVID-19, may cause lack of energy and hamper day to day activities.

Here are some tips to manage fatigue symptoms:

1. Just Relax

You need to accept that fatigue is one of the side effects of COVID-19.

Getting a sound and enough sleep is necessary. It will make a faster recovery when you rest more. Getting enough sleep and getting up early can be good for your mental and physical health. It can expand your efficiency by causing you to feel lively, good and energetic. Remind yourself that your body heals and stores energy while you sleep, so don't feel bad about how much you sleep. An unfortunate COVID symptom is disturbed sleep patterns. 

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Try yoga, tai chi, aromatherapy, mindful meditation, and other forms of relaxation. All these techniques and therapies are well known for reducing stress as well as fatigue. 

Some ideas include going for a walk with a friend, watching old episodes of your favorite TV show, or getting together with friends for a virtual trivia night. Switch to your favorite comedy show or read the comics, if nothing else.

You can also try laughter therapy. There's a sound response to laughter by the body and could in fact set you up for in general long term wellbeing. 

2. Plan And Prioritize Important Task

Before you start, think about what you can do more efficiently with limited energy. Make a list of things you can do to feel better. Don't rush into work because fatigue can be overwhelming. Take it easy. 

Try to prioritize important tasks during the time of day when you feel most energized and less exhausted if you are returning to work. It can give you a sense of control without draining your energy. Focus on the task that are significant and important.

Our bodies thrive when we stick to routines every day. Quite possibly of the best thing to do is keep a day-to-day daily practice, follow it well and become comfortable to the tasks that need attention. The more you become adapted to it, the simpler it will be for you to fully recover a normal life.

3. Develop Positive Attitude

Develop Positive Attitude
Positive Thinking
Do not shy to talk about your frustrations you are facing due to fatigue or long haul Covid-19. Finding a friend, family member, or professional with whom you can discuss your anxieties and frustrations will be extremely beneficial. Ignoring the frustration will not result in its disappearance. In the long run they can come in as an emotional explosion and you will not have much control.

Look around at what beautiful things you have. The more you do this, the simpler it gets to live in the moment. It is human nature that we worry about future and carry our bad memories of the past. Don’t do that. Life is beautiful and full of opportunities. 

Think positively and treat yourself and others with compassion. We can not control all the situations that we are going through but we can definitively develop a positive attitude by appropriate reasoning. 

Keep reminding yourself, "I'm doing all that can be expected." Try not to anticipate flawlessness and don't be hopeless in failures. We were never adequately prepared to survive a pandemic. 

4. Light Exercise And Physical Activities

Keep yourself active but listen to your body. You may feel less energetic due to viral infection but light exercise can pour energy in you. Indeed, even a basic walk can help. Endorphins are released during exercise, which help us feel happier and less stressed. Post-recovery, exercise is a good way to get rid of aches and pains. But proceed slowly. Keep in mind that you are exercising to stay active, not for exhaustion.

5. Consume Healthy Food

Consume Healthy Food
Healthy Food
Consume foods that give you more energy. Vitamin D, an active form of the vitamin that plays a role in health-promoting processes like calcium metabolism, neuromuscular function, and immune system function, is best obtained from sunlight. Every day, try to spend 15 to 20 minutes outside for sun bath. 

Foods like soup, rice, and khichdi should be part of your diet because they are light, easy to digest, and full of nutrients. Stay away from excessive sugar, fried and packaged food. This can be difficult because of COVID's loss of taste, smell, and appetite. 

When you're recovering, staying hydrated is essential. Combating fatigue and exhaustion can also be accomplished by drinking more water and liquids that hydrate you. For example, you can go for coconut water and ORS supplements. If needed, additional ingredients can be added.

6. Follow Safety Precautions

Do not forget to take safety precautions. Wear a mask whenever you are outside and keep your distance from other people. You can get a good dose of core fatigue-fighting vitamins and minerals like zinc, vitamin A-C-E-K-B6, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, protein, riboflavin, by increasing the consumption of dry fruits every day.

7. Take A Note

Keep a diary and note down everything that makes you tired or makes it worse. This will help you to avoid activities that use a lot of energy. Monitor your fatigue in the diary and look for gradual improvement. There will be good days and bad days for you, but overall, you should get better slowly. Consult a medical professional, such as your general practitioner when needed.

When Should I See a Doctor About COVID Fatigue?

You should consult your physician or doctor when you had COVID-19 and your fatigue symptoms are not diminishing after 2 to 3 weeks of recovery.

Consult the health care provider when:

  • Your fatigue symptoms are worsening.
  • It’s being more than 4 weeks and there is no change in fatigue symptoms 
  • You develop any new symptoms.

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  1. Very Nice, consize informative data.... Been following ur articles quite some time now and really appreciate the work

  2. Great post. This is an important topic because it affects so many people. You've provided some very straight forward and helpful suggestions. Thanks for sharing!

  3. A relevant post that should be read by everyone whether they had covid or not. All the points are necessary and helpful. Thanks for sharing. 🙏

  4. I experienced this last year and it lasted for quite a while (a least a few months); it was quite difficult to deal with but reading this and learning about it has made me understand that time better. Thanks!


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