Barbara Roberts, Homeopath

Trauma, emotional exhaustion and Covid fatigue

It’s been a long two years. So many people are exhausted by the ongoing emotional ups and downs. If has been like living on a roller coaster at times, and this can be exacerbated by family circumstances, health conditions, job stresses, and lack of connection with friends and whanau around New Zealand and overseas.

There have been many incidences of trauma, and what traumatises one person may not be a problem for others. One common thing with trauma is people comparing their experience to others and feeling like they shouldn’t be feeling this bad as others have it worse. To that I say, your emotions are yours to feel, and there is not a right or a wrong. If someone has a worse experience, that is awful for them, but it does not make your feelings less valid.

Covid fatigue is another problem. These two years have been constant press conferences, updates for numbers, comparisons to the world, and so so so many annoying adverts on the radio and elsewhere. Repeated messages with catchy phrases over and over. If you are sick of it, don’t want to hear about it anymore, you are not alone. Despite this it is hard to avoid the topic, especially with the constant media, and people being cautious with the current Covid Omicron outbreak.

For others, the news of Ukraine was deeply horrifying and is something that adds to a sense of powerlessness. Whether you have a personal connection or not, the empathy and concern for the people of Ukraine can be distressing.

Here are some things you can do, and of course some Homeopathy to help.

Be kind to yourself, put up some boundaries, and say no to (some of) the extras. I know this is really hard in real life, and it has taken me decades to learn not to volunteer and how to say no, but it has been one of the most important lessons in my life.

Seek connection. He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata, he tangata, he tangata
What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, it is people, it is people. The right people will not drain you, but will life you up when you are down and be there to support you. Put boundaries in place with people who do not lift you up.

Turn off the TV, avoid the newspapers, stay off social media or anything that is triggering you. You will still hear anything you need to know through people. If you can’t do that, put boundaries in place for when and how much media you will have. And decide what you will do instead in those 5 minutes of boredom when you otherwise would be reaching for Facebook or some form of news.

Homeopathy can help. A consultation will find something individual and tailored for you, but consider these remedies if you are self prescribing:

Ignatia for grief, whether loss of a loved one, a job or opportunities. You may have been idealistic or optimistic and been disappointed by something or someone, left feeling hurt, or offended. Often Ignatia want to avoid crying, only to end up sobbing inconsolably.

Arsenicum Album for anxiety, when there is a lot of fear and worry about everything from health and disease, to family well-being, to finances. With the anxiety you may be restless, have indigestion or diarrhoea.

Pulsatilla is tearful and better for company. You may need reassurance and comfort from others, or may have mood swings from tears to anger and back again.

Natrum Muriaticum is another grief remedy, but when dealing with any emotions Nat Mur will bottle it up and hold it all in, only crying by yourself when you are alone.

Gelsemium can get headaches or viruses after hearing bad news, or in anticipation of something happening. You are characteristically tired and weak, with everything feeling heavy.

Phosphoric Acid is a remedy for emotional overload and exhaustion. Usually there has been a sustained period of time with heightened emotions leading to burn out. You may even be forgetful, depressed and indifferent after long periods of stress.

Buddleja Davidii is a remedy for trauma and mentally holds space for you to process the different emotions. There may be anxiety, fears or irritability, through to detachment and not wanting to engage in life. While it can be a remedy for big traumas, it may also be useful for people who are under a lot of stress and going through a lot.

There are many remedies I haven’t mentioned, and if none of these sound right for you, there will be a remedy out there and making an appointment with me or another Homeopath can help you find the right remedy for you.

Kia kaha, hang in there and please message me if you would like some support. Payment plans are available if funds are tight. Arohanui x

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