Six months ago, many of us were sharing recipes and posting motivational memes to urge friends to do their part by staying apart until it was safe to gather again.
But like New Year’s resolutions that are prone to failure, it can be difficult for humans to stick with habits we know to be healthy.
According to a 2009 study published in the European Journal of Social Psychology, It can take anywhere from 18 to 254 days for a person to form a new habit and an average of 66 days for a new behaviour to become automatic.
Pandemic fatigue is real, because it’s hard for people to keep doing something when they don’t know if there’s an end in sight. We’re all tired. The virus has been a huge disruption to our lives.
The good news is that vaccines are on the horizon. We now have a sense that we may indeed be returning to some form of normal by this time next year
So, let’s think of concrete things to look forward to next year. Maybe this year we keep holiday celebrations simple to protect each other but we can think of ways to make next year’s festivities especially cool! Make plans that you can look forward to.
Let’s hang in there because there is a light at the end of the tunnel. In the meantime, let’s do our part to keep each other safe, take one day at a time and be kind to yourself and others.