5 Quick Tips and links to Online Resources ...
Feeling anxious, uncertain and overwhelmed at this point in the pandemic are all completely normal responses to the stresses of the pandemic situation we find ourselves in. Whether you have had covid-19, are feeling anxious at the prospect of catching the virus and/or passing it onto others, or are currently in isolation, we all just want to be informed with and have access to the right information and facts.
We appreciate how difficult this can be, as well as trying to maintain a healthy and positive mental health mindset and lifestyle. Often in difficult times, one of the first the first things we abandon is the simplest principle of taking care of ourselves and maintaining our own mental and physical health.
We have collated the best and most trusted advice, resources and support services below for you refer to or refer others to.
Tip #1 - Trust your Sources
If you feel it’s important to stay up to date with the latest pandemic news and updates, we strongly recommend you only use news sources like the World Health Organisation WHO), the Australian Governments’ Department of Health website, the Health Direct Coronavirus website, or find state & territory specific COVID-19 information and support here.
Mainstream and social media is more often than not filled with misinformation, distorted and exaggerated news stories and creates a constant stream of updates and posts which are not healthy for us to consume on a regular basis. It is so beneficial to limit your exposure to all news and social media sources and instead focus on things inside your circle of control, such as…
Tip #2 - Try to be healthy and active
Sounds so simple but it so easy to overlook. Making sure we keep on top of basic lifestyle factors such as eating well, getting enough sleep, keeping active and getting out in nature for some fresh air (especially if working from home) all make the world of difference to both our mental and our physical wellbeing. Find out exactly how connected physical and mental health are here.
Tip #3 - Maintain Social Connections
Staying connected with family and friends is also an essential part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Having a sense of belonging to community, others or even just one person whom you can share your thoughts and feelings with is so critical.
Even if isolation or geography makes this difficult, there are a range of ways we can maintain relationships or find new approaches to staying socially connected.
Tip #4 - Cultivate Positivity and Acceptance
Author and Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School, Ron Siegel, PsyD says:
“Positive psychology is not about denying difficult emotions. It’s about opening to what is happening here and now, and cultivating and savouring the good in your life.”
Research in psychology has shown that by cultivating satisfaction and wellbeing but staying open to the full range of emotional experiences, both good and bad, we are better able to enjoy an enduring sense of contentment. Contrary to what you might expect, trying to resist painful emotions actually increases psychological suffering.
By cultivating a sense of acceptance in difficult and challenging situations often can lead to a shift in thinking and perspective which can result in new opportunities, personal growth and/or a sense of being at peace with the situation. In these uncertain times it also useful to accept what is inside, and what is outside of our circle of control so that we can let go of those thoughts, feelings and emotions which no longer serve us.
Tip #5 - Get Help and Support when needed
It’s important to know when the time comes to reach out to professionals for the appropriate help & support. We have listed below into helpful categories some of the best evidence-based, trusted and free services and resources to give you an idea of where to go if you find yourself or someone else in a crisis situation or just needing professional advice.
By becoming an accredited Mental Health First Aider with us you will also be best equipped to identify and support someone who may be at risk of developing a mental health issue or who is in crisis. You will gain life-long skills and knowledge which could potentially save a life.
We have a range of courses to suit community or individual needs (Teen, Youth, Workplace & Community as well as Refresher courses currently available).
Mental Health & Wellbeing information to support you during the COVID-19 outbreak
MHFA Australia Online Resources
Free Support Services available to all Australians
Call this line if you are seeking information on coronavirus (COVID-19): 1800 020 080 (24 hours/7 days)
Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467
Open Arms - Veterans Support Service: 1800 011 046 (24 hours/7 days)
Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800
eHeadspace: 1800 650 890
Family Relationship Advice Line: 1800 050 321
Mensline: 1300 78 99 78
QLife: 1800 184 527
Reminder that if you are in crisis or in the case of an emergency, please phone 000.