After eight months of pandemic-related self-isolation, illness, and disruption of daily life, it’s no surprise that many of us are feeling especially rundown.
“Natural disasters occur over a short period, even if recovery is long. Pandemics are different: the disaster itself stretches out indefinitely.” — Tara Haelle, science writer
The lack of focus, energy, and patience you’re experiencing means you’ve reached ‘surge capacity.’
It’s what science writer Tara Haelle calls the mental and physical adaptive systems that help us during short-lived emergency situations.
“Surge capacity is a collection of adaptive systems — mental and physical — that humans draw on for short-term survival in acutely stressful situations, such as natural disasters,” Haelle says. “But natural disasters occur over a short period, even if recovery is long. Pandemics are different: the disaster itself stretches out indefinitely.”
Halle has recently written about her own struggles with reaching surge capacity for Medium.