24th September 2020
You could say that 2020 has been a topsy-turvy year due to COVID-19 – the global pandemic that has changed the way we live and breathe. It is normal to feel overwhelmed and stressed by it all. Rest assured that this is a very normal response. That being said, it is even more important than ever to take care of yourself and take some time out for some self-care. Here are some of our suggestions...
- Practice mindfulness. We all know the benefits of being present in the moment, to help cultivate your sense of being and help overcome anxiety, stress and depression. During the pandemic, it is even more important. Practicing mindfulness doesn’t have to be complicated or intensive and can include participating in yoga, Pilates or Thai chi, expressing your feelings through journaling, painting or talking to others.
- Good nutrition. Nothing is better than a tasty, healthy home-made meal – especially if you made it yourself. Good nutrition is always important, however during stressful times it is even more important. If getting ingredients is a challenge for you at the moment, keep it simple and get creative!
- Sleep is the foundation for good health. Stressful situations and worrying can impair sleep patterns which can negatively affect mood and daytime functioning. While the amount of sleep needed for good health and optimum performance varies between individuals, it is recommended on trying to get between 7-9 hours each night.
- Stay active. We all know that exercise is good for both our physical and mental health. Although a lot of us are facing home-isolation at present, there are lots of different types of exercise you can do from home. If you can go outside, walking and bike riding are great options for taking in your surroundings. If you’re after something a bit more sedate, online aps such as YouTube offer exercise solutions you can do from your own loungeroom such as Yoga and Pilates. Remember to check with your GP before commencing any rigorous fitness regime.
- Chat with your friends. Pick up the phone and call a friend! You will be amazed at what this can do for your mental health. If you’re feeling a bit more tech-savy, texting, messenger, WhatsApp, Facetime and Zoom are all terrific ways to stay in touch with your friends and loved ones.
- Take a break from the news. Coronavirus updates are saturating the media at present. Stay informed, but try and limit your media intake.
- Make a music playlist. “Music can change the world.” Beethoven
Hop onto your favourite music platform and make a playlist of your favourite songs. You can even create a group playlist and ask your friends to add some of their favourite songs.
If you or someone you love is finding it all a bit too much, Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service 1800 512 348, Lifeline Australia 13 11 14, Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636, Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800, MensLine Australia 1300 78 9978 or Open Arms – Veterans & Families Counselling 1800 011 046 can all be contacted by phone if you’re not able to get in to see your GP.