I don’t know about you, but my brain hasn’t been feeling so hot lately.
We’re more than a year into the pandemic and with each passing day I grow less convinced that the so-called complex organ rattling around in my head is still capable of controlling body parts and deciphering information. In my opinion, I have a pile of brain slush up there — a brain Icee, if you will. Maybe you feel your brain has taken on a smooth gummy-like form during this pandemic, or perhaps you think it’s been removed from your skull, fried on a hot sidewalk, and flipped back into position with a spatula when you were sleeping.
The truth is, these feelings of absolute mental chaos are most likely, almost certainly the result of living through this pandemic and quarantining for over a year. We’re all suffering from pandemic brain, fatigue, or burnout. Maybe you say you’ve hit the pandemic wall, however you describe the mood, it’s a mental state of exhaustion, overstimulation, and endless anxiety.
One minute you’re feeling inspired to create the next King Lear in quarantine or crank out your creative equivalent of three albums like Taylor Swift. But then you remember you don’t have the energy to do anything other than crash on your couch and watch Netflix. Work? Feels impossible. Creativity? Vanished into thin air! Maintaining healthy personal relationships? Can you even remember the last time you replied to a text?
1 + 2. Ah, the vicious circle
(is arguably a low-insight way to say “depressed and not getting anything done because I am at almost a full year of fear and social isolation and of saying ‘this is it, I’ve hit my limit, I can’t do one more day of COVID’ and then there is another day of COVID anyway”)
— Cliff Jerrison (@pervocracy) February 2, 2021
3. The biggest mood
4. We all deserve medals or something
5. The duality of pandemic texts
85% of my texts either say “omg” or “hahahaha” and nothing else I’m sorry this is just what the pandemic has done to my brain
— Anna (@bernstein_anna) February 21, 2021
6. What’s that thing called again?
is everyone else forgetting very simple words on the reg is this pandemic brain
— Alex Friedman (@kosherhotdogz) February 22, 2021
7. This checks out
8 + 9. Ouch 🙁
I did not so much “hit the pandemic wall” as the pandemic wall fell out of the sky and murdered me
— Liam Stack (@liamstack) February 20, 2021
10. Who among us hasn’t stress shopped?
I didn’t think I’d hit the pandemic wall … and then I bought rose gold dry shampoo. So, uh, here we are.
— Maggie Coughlan (@MaggieCoughlan) February 26, 2021
11. Now that we think about it, the “pandemic wall” is so last year
I’m not so much hitting a pandemic wall as wandering lost in a pandemic labyrinth. And hoping to avoid the minotaur.
— Tom Tomorrow is thirsty for the vax (@tomtomorrow) February 24, 2021
12. How foolish were we to think there was just one of them
I though I hit the pandemic wall last month but there were more walls hiding behind that one
— Kira Goldenberg (@kiragoldenberg) February 22, 2021
13. Is the new season of Selling Sunset out yet and if not then WHAT is it waiting for?
At that stage in the pandemic where the only thing my smooth brain can handle watching is reality TV
— lyd (@thegirlwithfood) February 27, 2021
14. TYSM, same to you
15. Damn, brain. Back at it again with the memories I specifically asked you to repress.
here’s my impression of my brain:
instead of focusing on the pandemic and america’s 1000 present crises, why don’t you remember a bunch of embarrassing things from your childhood, teens, and twenties
— josh terry (@JoshhTerry) February 10, 2021
16. I dare you to read this tweet and not get hungry
I feel like my brain is on slow cooker mode and ima need it be on instant pot. I blame the pandemic. 😑
— Vashti Harrison (@VashtiHarrison) February 12, 2021
17. We all cope in different ways
Taylor Swift recorded three albums during the pandemic but I watched three seasons of The Sopranos last week so we’re all using this extra free time in our own productive ways
— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) February 11, 2021
18. Some people write books, others think about maybe reading one again some day
anybody who is writing a book rn….how are you doing it with pandemic wall rot lol what brain??
— Allison P Davis (@AllisonPDavis) February 10, 2021
19. ANY accomplishments is impressive at this point
folding laundry in month 11 of the pandemic is my king lear
— jason c. (@netw3rk) February 12, 2021
20. The reminder we all need
Lots of people are feeling unproductive. If you didn’t infect anyone today, you were productive.
— James Hamblin (@jameshamblin) January 5, 2021
The sheer fact that you made it to the end of this article means your brain is still doing something right. Stay strong, and if you need some tips for practicing gratitude, staying mindful, cutting back on doomscrolling, or fighting the Sunday Scaries, we’ve got you covered.
We’re all in this together. Brains or no brains.