Post COVID Fatigue is Real: Here’s what you can do about it
‘When will my COVID fatigue go away?’ is a question searched multiple times on the internet as more and more people are recovering from mild COVID-19 symptoms in the second wave. While a negative RT-PCR report after a 14-day quarantine is usually considered ‘recovered’, in some people symptoms like extreme fatigue, anxiety, disturbed sleep and brain fog linger for weeks or even months.
After recovering from COVID, even a good night’s sleep can leave you drowsy and tired through the day. Sometimes the fatigue can even make you feel dull, confused while making it difficult to concentrate or recall what you planned to do next. And, adding to it, low physical activity due to fatigue can further make you feel anxious, stressed and reduce the urge to get on with the day’s usual activities.
Now, the next question is, what can you do about it?
Well, the first step is to accept that you are feeling tired, dull and don’t feel like getting on with your day’s work. A lot of COVID recovered patients feel drained after battling the viral infection. It might seem invisible to your peers, but the next step is to explain what you are experiencing physically and mentally. Read on to know what you can do for a smooth sail while healing post COVID.
- Be gentle with yourself & give time
Give yourself proper time to recover while getting back to your normal routine. Take small steps and try including a low intensity workout each day so that your body gets back to its usual routine gradually. Doing a lot in one go or sitting idle for long could further add to lethargy. Start with light exercises or do chores that don’t need a lot of effort.
- Try breathing exercises & relaxation techniques
While it might sound like a repetition of what you have been told many times, relaxation techniques do help post-recovery. Include pranayama or just sit in a comfortable position, inhale as you count to four, then exhale as you count to four and continue this for at least 5-7 minutes till you feel calm and at peace. Along with it, pick up a hobby, be it reading a book, cooking, gardening or even taking a long shower if it helps you relax.
- Plan your day in advance
If you feel overwhelmed each day after you wake up, plan and prioritize your tasks every day. Plan your day in advance with chores or tasks that are important. Make sure you don’t exert yourself with a long to-do list. It’ll take some time but you’ll get back to your usual routine step by step.
- Eat & sleep right
It’s time to stick to good old grandma’s advice, sleep well and have at least 3 meals regularly. Well, fatigue gets worse after disturbed sleep, so try adopting practice for a good night’s sleep. Apart from this, make sure you stay hydrated and have nutritious meals. Include body-building meals rich in protein, magnesium and vitamins to get back your strength and build immunity.
- Keep a check on your symptoms
After recovering from symptoms of COVID-19, it’s important to look after your well-being by following proper respiratory and personal hygiene. Track your symptoms every day and consult a doctor if you experience any recent developments.
By: Navreet Kaur | on 2021-05-25