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Mental Health During COVID Lockdowns

With half of the country dealing with lockdown or going in and out of lockdown it is important to prioritise your mental health now more than ever and also to be aware that others around you may be struggling.

Here are some things you can do for your mental health:

  • Get outdoors -Moving, fresh air and being amongst nature can all have positive effects on your mood.

  • Maintain your routines - While your schedule may be thrown upside, its important to try to keep those activities which help keep you grounded and relaxed. This can include morning coffee, exercise and eating well.

  • Acknowledge feelings of stress and worry - Sharing your feelings with people close to you can make how you are feeling a bit more comfortable. They may also be able to offer some needed support.

  • Stay positive - easier said than done but looking at the bright side and focusing on the little things you're grateful for can help you navigate through tough times and change your perspective.

  • Take a break from the news - While it is important to stay updated on restriction updates, watching the news can provoke fear and sometimes make situations seem worse. Try searching up the relevant info you need to stay updated and using your time watching the news to pick up other interests or activities.

  • Stay in touch with people - Try force yourself to keep in touch with people whether it be through a call, zoom, or going for a walk with someone.

  • Seek help and support - If you feel that is may just be too much, seek help. Just like how you see a PT for training, accountant for taxes, or hairdresser for your hair, there are people who specialise in supporting others and can help you navigate through tough times. Here are some key support services below

- Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service 1800 512 348

- Lifeline 13 11 14

- Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800


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