As the number of coronavirus cases rise and the Government introduces tighter restrictions, it is understandable if you’re feeling an increased level of stress or anxiety. Here are 5 ways to support your mental health and manage stress during the coronavirus outbreak.
1. Find a healthy balance when it comes to media and social media
While it’s smart to stay informed, it’s also important to take regular breaks from media and social media. Experiencing an overload of information can enhance your feelings of stress and anxiety. It’s important to take regular breaks from media channels, to help still your thoughts, be present in the moment and try to relax. Limit your screen time and instead, try reading a book, meditating, calling a friend, or doing some gentle stretches or exercise in your breaks.
2. Make sure you have access to reliable information from credible sources
There is so much information surrounding the coronavirus, so it’s important to know what information you can trust. This can help to maintain perspective and help you to feel more in control. Reliable sources include:
To help access reliable information, we have pulled together a list of reliable information sources relating to Coronavirus and disability.
3. Follow Government advice around social distancing and good hygiene habits
Another way to manage stress and anxiety is to know you’re in control of your own health. By following Government advice on social distancing and good hygiene habits, you can take comfort in knowing you’re doing everything you can to stay safe. You can also feel proud knowing that your efforts are also helping to protect other people in the community from contracting Coronavirus.
4. Stay connected with family and friends
Social connectedness is very important for mental health. While you’re following the Government’s advice on social distancing and staying home, this doesn’t mean you can’t talk to your friends and family. Use phone, video, text, email and social media to stay in touch with the people you care about. There are other ways to stay connected to the community too: join an online book club, join an online community like Reddit and chat with like-minded people about the things you care about; or gather your friends for an online game!
One of the most important elements of feeling socially connected is receiving support from others and knowing that they are there if you need them – don’t be afraid to ask for help! Kinela is always here to have a chat and help in any way we can.
5. Take care of your health and wellbeing
With so much change in our lives, it can be easy to start seeing changes to your daily routines too. Even if you are staying at home a lot more, it’s still important to find balance and stay healthy. It’s also really important to keep engaging in activities that you enjoy, at least once a day, to help you feel relaxed and re-energised. Here are just some of the ways you can stay healthy during the Coronavirus outbreak:
- Eat healthy, well-balanced meals
- Get plenty of sleep
- Stay as active as you can
Make time for things you enjoy:
- Read a book
- Watch a movie
- Do some drawing or art
- Play a board game
- Take a relaxing bath
- Do a puzzle, crossword or sudoku
- Listen to music
- Stretch or do yoga
- Dance around
- Do an at-home workout (YouTube is a great resource!)
Throughout the Coronavirus situation, Kinela is committed to helping you manage your stress and anxiety. For more helpful resources and updates, head to our Coronavirus support page. If there are any immediate ways we can assist you, or you have any questions, please reach out to our friendly team on: 1800 431 506 or email us: email@example.com