Feeling Low? It Could Be “Disaster Fatigue”
We live in a strange era in human history. After decades of economic growth, many of us now enjoy lifestyles that were simply unimaginable to people living a hundred years ago – let alone before that. And yet at the same time, we feel battered and bruised. Over the last twenty years, we have had to deal with an endless series of disasters, seemingly one after another.
First, we had 9/11 and the dotcom crash. Then there was the Boxing Day tsunami in Asia. A couple of years later, there was the financial crisis, followed by another “one in a generation recession” just ten years after in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. In among it all, we’ve seen political instability, riots, shootings, and other stuff we’d rather forget.
The result of years of this is a sense that the future is catastrophically uncertain. Nobody seems to have a clue what changes will occur over the next decade, let alone the following one hundred years. Civilization seems to be on an accelerating train, and none of us have any idea when the track will run out.
Therefore, it should come as no surprise that it takes its toll on our mental health. The constant barrage of negative news and crises in the media is leading to disaster fatigue. And we’re getting tired of continually having to deal with new threats to our existence, seemingly every week.
If you’re feeling low at the moment, you’re not alone. Data suggest that the number of people living with a mental health condition has risen considerably over the last few years. The psychological cost of impending economic and environmental doom is high. People need something to look forward to. We need to build. Disasters make the fruits of your labor seem less certain.
How To Deal With Disaster Fatigue
For many people, coronavirus made disasters real. A large chunk of us avoided direct contact with the crises of the past, even if we shared in them through the stories we saw on the news. But this pandemic affects everyone, no matter where you live. Governments have shut down the economy and demanded that citizens stay in their homes for weeks on end.
At the start, they feared about the mental health consequences. And now many of us are feeling the effects.
Fortunately, there are options for people at a low ebb in these difficult times. PsyCare telehealth is one of many opportunities to get healthcare over the internet. People can now access many of the counseling services that they need online, without having to go to physical premises.
There is also more understanding of the types of emotions people are experiencing and how to deal with them. Combatting disaster fatigue doesn’t mean ignoring crises. But it does require a change in mindset and a deep acceptance that the world is fundamentally out of control.
Know this: if you’re feeling low, you’re not alone. And, importantly, you should reach out for help. There are ways to get out of a rut.