The media coverage surrounding COVID-19 can easily become overwhelming and may result in feelings of anxiety and distress which can affect your body, thoughts and behaviour.
Maintaining a good level of mental health is important.
Here are some things you can do to help:
- Remind yourself that this is a temporary period to slow the spread of COVID-19
- Remember that staying in your home, practicing good hygiene and applying social distancing is helping others in the community to avoid contracting the virus
- Stay connected with friends and family via email, social media, video conferencing or telephone
- Engage in healthy activities that you enjoy and find relaxing such as reading, cooking or gardening
- Keep regular sleep routines and eat healthy foods
- Where possible try to maintain physical activity and get out and enjoy a walk
There are many studies that have suggested mindfulness meditation can positively impact mental and physical health. Whether it’s by reducing stress, improving sleep or increasing focus, meditation could help.
There are a range of meditation apps and online tools available to help if you’re having trouble sleeping, dealing with anxiety, or need some positivity. Visit the app store to download.
Headspace – Currently free to help support everyone through this time, this app provides guided audio sessions of meditation
Aura – Provides personalised meditations based on how you’re feeling with options as short as three minutes or up to an hour
Calm – Content has been hand-picked to support mental and emotional wellness including calm music, sleep meditations and mindfulness resources
Calm have a blog with many free resources.
Visit blog.calm.com to steady your mind during this time.
If you are feeling overwhelmed and need to talk to a professional counsellor, contact:
1300 224 636
COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line
1800 632 753
South Australians who are part of the LGBTI community and are feeling overwhelmed, distressed or needing social support can get in touch with the ECH LGBTI Connect Team by calling 1300 275 324.
For additional peer support, contact COTA SA on 8232 0422, or QLife on 1800 184 527.
Information in this article was sourced from Beyond Blue