GLOBAL PANDEMIC AND POSITIVITY: Looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak.

The world is currently experiencing an unprecedented pandemic, it is affecting everyday life in so many ways.

We are inundated with information, it can be hard to know what to believe and what not to believe.

It is normal to feel stressed, anxious and overwhelmed during this time.  It is so important to look after mental health, please see some tips on how to do so below –

Ensure access to reliable and quality information

Be sure you are getting your information from credible sources; The Australian Government, The World Health Organisation etc. This will help you stay up to date, follow any new restrictions and maintain perspective of the situation. Constantly being exposed to negative information can increase anxiety, remind yourself that although it’s important to stay informed, it’s okay to have a break from the news and social media at times.

Stay Connected

Even practising social distancing and being in isolation it is so important to stay connected with the community, particularly with family and friends. A facetime with your parents or a virtual coffee date with a friend can help remind you that you are supported and we are all in this together.

Establish a new routine

If you are attending an online classroom or working from home, try and keep some level of ‘normal’; get up at the same time you usually would, get dressed, eat when you would normally eat etc. Obviously you will need to implement new measures and activities throughout your day. Developing a new routine or schedule can give you a sense of control and purpose.

Do things for you

Be kind to yourself and do things that help you feel physically and emotionally safe. It may be doing an at home workout, completing a puzzle, having a bath, meditating, cooking/baking or reading a book.

Get help if you need it

Don’t be afraid to talk to family and friends or if you need additional support, call any of the following services.

Lifeline: 13 11 14 or www.lifeline.org.au

Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467 or www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au

beyondblue: 1300 224 636 or www.beyondblue.org.au

Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800 or www.kidshelpline.com.au

SANE Australia: 1800 187 263 or www.sane.org