Staying well during the Covid-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on everyone’s lives. It has challenged our normality, affecting everyone financially, socially, and emotionally. New realities of social distancing, wearing a mask, hand sanitising and working from home have taken us time to adapt to. It should not be surprising that we are all experiencing an overwhelming number of emotions during this time.

Now, it is more important than ever to recognise the psychological impacts that pandemic has had on us and actively respond to them. It is absolutely normal to feel angry, scared, anxious, frustrated, confused, sad, lonely…the range of emotions is limitless.

Here are five tips that could help you and people around you stay mentally healthy during COVID-19:

  1. Take care of your body by staying active, sleeping regularly, and avoiding excessive alcohol and substance use.
  2. Make time for yourself by unwinding and doing activities you enjoy such as drawing and baking.
  3. Stay connected with the community. Video call your family and friends or practice faith with your religious organisation if you are religious.
  4. Be aware of screen time usage and take regular breaks. Follow the 20-20-20 rule – look away from the screen every 20 minutes and look at something around 20 feet away from you for about 20 seconds.
  5. Limit news consumption and only use trusted news sources. Fake news can cause unnecessary anxiety.

In addition to this, remember to continue to keep yourself and the community safe from COVID-19. Practice good hygiene, social distance and get tested if you ever experience any symptoms. For more information, head on to the NSW Health website: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/