COVID-19 Decision Fatigue: What It Is and How to Deal With It

  • Experts say COVID-19 may be causing decision fatigue for many people.
  • Decision fatigue is caused by not only the number of decisions but also the heavier impact that decisions such as going to the grocery store now carry, they say.
  • The pandemic may also be creating adjustment disorder, because of the constant changes that happen during lockdowns.
  • Experts advise that you acknowledge the difficulty of today’s decisions and try to take a break between decisions.

    Picture this: You don’t want to cook, but you’ve spent a half-hour trying to decide which takeout food to order.

    Now, you can’t decide on which movie to watch. Instead of relaxing, you’re stressing out.

    If this sounds familiar, you might be suffering from decision fatigue, a kind of mental overload that comes from having to make too many choices too frequently.

    “All people, regardless of profession, are subject to decision fatigue,” said Dr. Michael Wetter, PsyD, FAPA, a clinical psychologist with a private practice in Los Angeles and the director of psychology at UCLA Medical Center’s division of adolescent and young adult medicine. “It really depends on the number of stressors playing out in their life, the resources available to them to help manage those stressors, and the capacity to engage in appropriate self-care.”

    “There has perhaps been no greater stressor than that of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has resulted in economic, health, political, and family-based stressors to almost everyone,” Wetter said.

    Source@ https://www.healthline.com/health-news/covid-19-decision-fatigue-what-it-is-and-how-to-deal-with-it

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