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David Coleman: Our teenagers are really fed up with everything right now. Here’s how to help them resist Pandemic Fatigue

Children, like everyone, are missing their friends, hobbies and routines. That makes it all the harder to stick to 

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Teenagers are really missing their friends and school and are struggling with the restrictions now. Picture posed

Teenagers are really missing their friends and school and are struggling with the restrictions now. Picture posed

Teenagers are really missing their friends and school and are struggling with the restrictions now. Picture posed

Most of my clients are teenagers and are not yet back in school. I’ve really noticed that they are tired these days. Weary might be an even better word to describe how they are feeling. When we’ve drilled into it a bit, they often talk of being just sick of restrictions, of not seeing friends, of not being able to get away from their families like they used to. They speak of missing sports, missing actually being in school, missing friends and being generally fed up. Many of them feel that sticking with all the pandemic restrictions and rules is just too much. Or, as one of my clients succinctly put it recently, “I’m so over Covid.”

You may find that you or your own children are similarly fatigued. Often it isn’t a physical tiredness, but is a complex experience of mental exhaustion, loss of motivation and a struggle to hold onto hope.


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