Sam Jones interviews Jill Newby, from UNSW and the Black Dog Institute. Duration: 17:43
It is normal to feel overwhelmed, stressed, worried or anxious in times of uncertainty, but there are some simple things you can do right now to help maintain your mental health and wellbeing. For more information about where you can go for help for your mental health, go here.
Reflect on what you are thinking and feeling
- Pay attention to and act on things that you do have control over.
- Recognise and acknowledge your emotions regularly, rather than avoiding them.
- Be aware of your thoughts and question whether these are helpful and factual.
- Remember thoughts are just thoughts, not necessarily facts.
Be selective of your information sources
There is a lot of conflicting information in the media about COVID-19 and it can be difficult to determine fact from myth. It is good to be informed but avoid overwhelming yourself with constant updates. Checking the reliable websites below once per day is enough to stay informed.
Limit your access to Social Media or be selective about who you follow
It is challenging to limit your exposure to COVID-19 information when there is so much related content on social media. Take a break from social media and the news. Or follow accounts sharing the good news stories and tips on how to feel more connected.
Show compassion to yourself and others
It is hard not to be affected in some way by what is going on in the world right now, so it is important that we show compassion and kindness to ourselves and those around us. Be kind to the check-out assistant in the supermarket or the classmate who is falling behind with the group assignment and most importantly check in with yourself and talk about how you are feeling.
No gym, no problem! There are lots of free home workouts you can try out without the need for equipment. Search for free workouts online and remember you can still go for a walk or run in the fresh air unless you have been advised to isolate. Remember to try to move your body each day, as exercise helps to lower stress and elevate your mood. Check out these tips on staying active.
Social distancing may sound scary but remember it does not mean social isolation. In fact some experts argue that 'physical distancing with social connection’ is more helpful language. Studies suggests that social connection is one of the best things you can do to boost wellbeing. Call your family, arrange virtual coffee dates with friends and check in on those who may be feeling lonely.
Seek help if you need it
If you are feeling overwhelmed and in need of support reach out.