Six Ways to Prioritise Your Wellbeing During COVID-19
In the space of just a few weeks, the COVID-19 outbreak has flipped lives, businesses, communities and economies upside down around the world. It’s normal for the subsequent lifestyle changes to bring on feelings of sadness and anxiety, so we are here to remind you that you are not alone.
During this uncertain time, managing your mental health and wellbeing while in self-isolation or house confinement is not easy. There are several strategies that key mental health institutes like Beyond Blue have identified to help you through this period, and we’d like to share them with you.
THIS IS TEMPORARY
Remind yourself this is not forever and understand that isolation will help our current situation be over sooner than later. Your efforts in staying home are helping others in the community to avoid contracting the virus.
Take this time to increase virtual contact with your friends, family and colleagues. Technology has never made this so easy! Call the friend you’ve been meaning to catch up with, check in with elderly relatives or use your smartphone to challenge a colleague to a game of Words with Friends.
Fuel your body with nourishing food and avoid excessive consumption of depressants like alcohol. Increase your intake of fresh fruit and vegetables and use this opportunity to get creative in the kitchen.
MOVE YOUR BODY
The Government’s current advice states exercising is allowed so endeavour to move your body once a day. Just ensure you’re following all social distancing recommendations and that you don’t gather with more than one other person (outside your household members). If gym closures are impacting your usual routine, why not try brisk walking or running instead?
TOO MUCH NEWS IS A THING
Don’t over consume news as it’s likely to make you feel worse. Instead, choose a reliable news source and avoid social media if you find it distressing. Remember, there is still positive news, it just might be buried underneath all the COVID-19 headlines.
THE IMPORTANCE OF ROUTINE
For those working from home, try to maintain a healthy balance by allocating specific work hours, taking regular breaks and, if possible, establishing a dedicated workspace. And if you need a new pair of cosy slippers to make yourself more comfortable, we can help you with that here.
The tips above are recommendations only. Please check the Australian Government website for COVID-19 updates and stay properly informed.