Look after your mental health, Australia
The message is simple: “Look after your mental health, Australia.”
During this time of physical distancing and heightened anxiety in our community due to the coronavirus (Covid-19), we are encouraging all Australians to look after their mental health.
Remember to eat well. Sleep well. Exercise. And try creative ways to engage socially. Oh, and don’t forget to be kind to yourself, and to others.
It might seem hard to focus on your wellbeing and mental health at this time, but prioritising this is more important than ever. Staying socially connected with friends and family is a great start.
To find out more, and to share your own tips on how to look after your wellbeing and mental health, follow #LookAfterYourMentalHealthAustralia and #InThisTogether on social media and head to lookafteryourmentalhealthaustralia.org.au.
In the meantime, here are five suggestions to get things started:
1. Stay active
Exercise increases wellbeing and helps reduce symptoms of common mental health concerns. Your gym may have closed or your fitness groups may be cancelled, but that doesn’t mean you can’t exercise. Yoga, Pilates, HIIT routines can be done in a relatively small space and with no equipment. Have a search on the internet for free workout videos and guides.
2. Eat well
Eating a nutritious diet is great for both your physical and mental health. As much as possible, try and stick to a healthy diet despite changes to routine and environment. And supermarket availability.
3. Connect with others
Physical distancing is crucial right now, but social connection is more important than ever. Use technology to talk to your friends and family, using video chats to talk face-to-face where possible. Reach out to your neighbours and community. Share how you’re feeling, and invite others to share with you.
4. Limit coronavirus media consumption (and choose trusted sources)
Choose how often you engage with news and social media about the coronavirus, and be sure to find news sources that are trustworthy and factual. It might help to add in some content that makes you laugh and feel comfortable wherever possible.
5. Try and keep to a routine and make it fun
Keep to a regular routine as much as possible, including exercise, sleep, daily chores, work, recreational activities and connecting with others… and make it fun where you can. We will come through this.
Need help now?
If your life is in danger CALL 000.
Need support now?
If you or someone you care for is in need of immediate support you can contact the below National Crisis Counselling Services.
- Lifeline 13 11 14 - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- Lifeline Text 0477 13 11 14 – 6pm to midnight (AEDT), 7 nights a week
- Beyond Blue – 1300 22 4636 - www.beyondblue.org.au
- Butterfly Foundation National Helpline 1800 334 673
- Carer Support 1800 242 636 or 1300 554 660
- SANE Australia Helpline 1800 187 263
- Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
- Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 www.kidshelpline.com.au
- MensLine Australia 1300 789 978
- QLife 1800 184 527
- Open Arms – Veterans and Families Counselling 1800 011 046