COVID-19 and its lockdowns have been hard for everyone. In fact, one in five Aussies report feeling high or very high levels of psychological distress linked to the pandemic, with women, young people and those with a disability worse affected.
It’s completely normal to feel overwhelmed, isolated, and anxious at a time like this but it’s important to make sure you’re doing everything you can to feel better. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of self care tips recommended by experts to help you stay well during lockdown.
- Stay connected
Lockdowns make connecting with family, friends and colleagues harder than ever and can cause feelings of isolation. It’s important to reach out to those you care about to help manage those feelings.
This could be as simple as calling one friend or family member a day, hosting group Zoom calls, playing Scrabble or other games online or even connecting with old friends via email or social media.
- Exercise, eat well, sleep well
Getting enough exercise, eating a healthy diet and getting sufficient sleep are essential during times of distress. Doing these things will make it easier to stay in a positive mental space and deal with everything that comes your way.
- Get outside
Staying inside for an extended period of time can contribute to feelings of isolation and anxiety. Make sure you get outside at least once a day (while following all COVID-19 restrictions and requirements in your area).
- Change your perspective
Lockdowns may seem like they’re never ending right now but remember ,one day soon, they’ll be over and life will return to normal. Hard as it may be, try to change your perspective and look at the lockdown as a chance to slow down, learn a new skill, spend time relaxing, or reconnect with old family and friends.
- Limit your exposure to media
It can be hard to adopt a more positive perspective if you’re watching the pandemic unfold on the news and social media every day. Do yourself a favour and limit your exposure to the media so that COVID-19 isn’t always at the front of your mind.
- Join the Belong club
If you need a hand staying connected and taking care of yourself during lockdown, try joining the Belong Club. This CCNB initiative is designed to create and foster connections in our community with virtual activities and experiences like weekly film reviews, quizzes, creative and education workshops and exercise. It’s the perfect way to make new friends and try something new from the safety of your home. And the best part? It’s completely free if you’re a CCNB member.
Find out more and sign up for the Belong Club here.