Think back on the last week: have you felt incredibly sluggish and tired? Are you usually someone who jumps at the opportunity to take on a new project at work, but lately, the smallest task feels impossible? Do your colleagues typically turn to you for your innovative genius, and now, you can’t seem to come up with one stellar idea? Take a deep breath: You aren’t failing as a leader, and you aren’t slacking.
You are, however, suffering from pandemic brain fog. As psychologist Dr. Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D. explains, this is caused by living through a period of intense, on-going stress and unknown variables that impact every single moment of our lives.
We don’t know when offices will return as they once were. We don’t know when mask-wearing will be a distant memory. We don’t know when traveling will be safe.