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Dr. Anna Baranowsky is a Canadian Clinical Psychologist, CEO of the Traumatology Institute, Founder and President of the Board at Trauma Practice. She is the author of two books on trauma, numerous courses to help train professionals in trauma mental health and the developer of the Trauma Recovery Program for Self-Guided trauma care. She works with trauma survivors and those with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) on post-traumatic growth and recovery.

Through her work she believes that when we share, dialogue and feel supported, it provides a powerful foundation for forward movement in our understanding and the care needed. In her own words "I have found that the most profound changes occur when a person truly feels heard and understood - I like to think of it as deeply BEARING WITNESS to life evolving. We can feel incredibly stuck when we live with our fears, stressors and troubles in isolation."

Dr.Baranowsky is the host of the Bear Psychology Show, focusing on bearing witness to Evolving Mood, Mind, Health. Her talks revolve around recovery, relationships, work and life adventures.

She is dedicated to assisting organizations and health professionals who help trauma survivors to ensure a trauma informed lens of care can grow in community health networks. With that vision in 1998, the Traumatology Institute Canada (TIC) was established. TIC has trained thousands of individuals nationally and internationally.

Dr. Baranowsky serves on the board of directors of the Academy of Traumatology and is a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress through the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and is recognized by The National Center for Crisis Management. She has published in the area of Post-Traumatic Stress, Compassion Fatigue, and therapeutic relationships (the Silencing Response).

Copyright:  Dr. Anna Baranowsky, 2020

Aug 17, 2020

Feeling TIRED during the COVID-19 Pandemic?  Well, there are good reasons why you feel this way.

We will start by acknowledging what is happening, learn about reasons why COVID Tired is occurring for so many of us and include ideas of how to deal with the fatigue in meaningful ways.

From parents working full-time while educating, cleaning, cooking and entertaining a family; medical professionals who spend time donning PPE to keep themselves and staff safe; or grocery store staff left with the task of ensuring carts are wiped down and shoppers wear masks...we are all feeling more TIRED during this COVID-19 Pandemic.

Let's also remember how exhausting it is emotionally to deal with the uncertainty of health, jobs and finances right now.

Are you frustrated with having to continuously wash your hands, wear masks, wash down groceries, use hand-sanitizer until your hands are raw?  Well, you are not alone and have joined a growing number of people feeling this way in what is now recognized as "Caution Fatigue".

There are many reasons for an increase in anxiety, fear and depression during this this time that naturally lead to feelings of exhaustion.  Whether you have lost a family member, friend or acquaintance due to COVID-19 or are fearful of getting ill yourself. Whether you are engaged in Self-Learning, Working from Home, not working and not studying (bored silly?), living in a tight space where there is no quiet, feeling job insecurity or trying to start your career with no prospects. Perhaps you are losing/lost a business/home or sense of freedom, financial worries, or preparing for a retirement that has now been put on hold because of the COVID-19 Pandemic – these can all create a draining feeling that is difficult to shake.

There is also a sense of loss about all the things you used to love to do or at least ways in which you filled your time, or helped you feel like life was meaningful?  Are these activities still possible or MUST you look elsewhere for feelings of fulfillment?  These are other sources of demoralization that often lead us into a tired, run-down feeling.

Let's start by just simply acknowledging that this is true for us, it is really happening and our exhaustion is not our fault or imaginary.  You are in good company with so many others who are trying their best to cope in this difficult time.

Stick around for strategies, tips, tools, and solutions to challenge this feeling of exhaustion!