The outbreak of the Coronavirus has impacted people in varying ways on an international scale. It is understandable that during times like this, people may be feeling afraid, worried, anxious and overwhelmed by the constantly changing alerts and media coverage regarding the spread of the virus.
While it is important to stay informed, the following are some mental health and wellbeing tips and strategies to continue looking after each other and ourselves during these difficult times.
Show compassion and kindness to one another
These times of fear, isolation (both physical and social) and uncertainty are when it is most important that we strengthen our sense of community by connecting with and supporting each other. Remind ourselves that we can manage this much better together in solidarity.
Actively manage your wellbeing
Maintain routines where possible, connect with family and friends (even if not in person), staying physically active, eating nutritious foods and seeking additional support by contacting Lifeline or further professional support as required.
Follow a calm yet cautious approach
Do your best to remain calm and be mindful not to contribute to the widespread panic that can hinder efforts to positively manage the outbreak. Ensure you are following directives issued by the government, medical advice and observe good hygiene habits.
It is extremely important to seek out help if you feel you need it, call Lifeline on 13 11 14, text 0477 13 11 14 or chat to someone online at www.lifeline.org.au. You can also contact Beyond Blue at 1300 22 4636 or www.beyondblue.org.au