What is Moral Fatigue?
Moral Fatigue, also known as moral distress, is the feeling of recognizing that you are in situations in which any decision or action you take can have devastating consequences.
Why am I feeling Moral Fatigue now?
The media has made it very clear: Social Distancing (i.e. staying at home) is the best way to prevent you from contracting COVD-19 as well as, it prevents you from spreading COVID-19 to others. This means every time we go outside to go grocery shopping or get gas, it is potentially a catastrophic mistake. This is why we are feeling moral fatigue- because we are reflecting on causality in what once was everyday life, and now a matter of life and death decision. This can be emotionally taxing.
Remember: social distancing does not mean social isolation. We need interactions to take care of our mental health.
What can we do to alleviate this?
First, recognize that the decision-making process is difficult for everyone right now. Next, make the effort to talk to people (loved ones, your therapist, etc.) digitally. Lastly, break down your decisions to one day at a time so as to not overwhelm yourself.