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COVID-19 has drastically changed the way we live and continues to do so even now as most of Australia finds itself facing prolonged lockdowns or snap lockdowns. During such troubling times, it is important to look after your own wellbeing.
It is completely normal to feel frustrated and less socially connected to others. Not being able to see family or friends often can be very challenging and can take its toll on our own health and wellbeing. That is why it is even more crucial to stay healthy and look after your mental wellbeing during lockdown.
Even though you may already know how to look after yourself in lockdown, there is no time like the present to remind you to look after yourself and others during these tough times. Here are a few basic tips to help:
Keep up with friends and family virtually – Even though you can’t see your friends and family in person, there is no shortage of apps you can use to keep up with your loved ones virtually such as Zoom, Facebook, WhatsApp, Microsoft Teams and much more. Having that social interaction can help you feel connected to each other while being physically apart.
Stay physically active – It is no surprise that regular exercise and eating well can help people feel better. Whether it is going on walks or creating an exercise routine to follow at home. Keeping active can make a world of difference to your mental wellbeing.
Take regular breaks – It is okay to take breaks during the day and take some time for yourself to de-stress and do something that calms you down. Make sure you break up your day to take some time for yourself.
Maintain a healthy balance with media – We can find ourselves getting too involved with media especially in lockdown where there is very little else to focus our attention on. It is important to stay informed with current events however if you find the media and news is upsetting you, it can be good to limit your media intake.
Create a routine and stick to it – In our day to day lives, we have a routine that we follow that guides our days. It is important to maintain our routines in lockdown even if we have to adjust them to the restrictions. This gives us stability and establishes a new sense of normal in our lives.
Seek support – In these challenging times, everyone can have ups and downs and experience a large roller coaster of emotions. There is nothing wrong about seeking support if you need it. Whether that be reaching out to your loved ones or looking for online resources.
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