Seven Tips to Look After Your Mental Health During the Pandemic

Submitted by Susanne Jones, Just Better Care Brisbane North and CBD

During these challenging times it’s especially important to look after your mental health and overall wellbeing. Here are seven simple tips to assist:

1. Keep Physically Active

Keeping physically active is great for your mind and body. Exercising outdoors is a great way to get fresh air and feel more energised. Exercise regularly and choose activities that you enjoy, such as walking, jogging, yoga or an indoor workout. There are also many free exercise and yoga videos on YouTube.

2. Eat Healthy Nutritious Food

Eating healthy food is important for our mental and physical health – after all, “you are what you eat”.  Eat lots of different fruits, vegetables and other high-fibre foods. Limit snacks and drinks which are high in sugar, unhealthy fats and salt. 

3. Stay Connected

Social connection is crucial for our mental health. Stay in touch with family and friends over the phone or online. Share your feelings with loved ones and trusted people from your community and invite them to share with you.

4. Take a break from the news and social media

It’s good to stay informed but choose trusted sources of information. Social media can help you stay connected, but too much can make us feel stressed, passive and overwhelmed. 

5. Stick To a Routine

Have a regular bedtime and mealtimes.  Plan your day so you have time for household chores, connecting with others, activities you enjoy, and rest.

6. Monitor Your Mental Health and Wellbeing

It’s important to monitor your own mental health and wellbeing. It’s also good to be aware of family, friends and neighbours who may be worried or stressed. Things to look out for include difficulty concentrating, poor sleep, and feeling distressed or overwhelmed. These are signs that it’s time to reach out.

7. Seek Support

Don’t be afraid to talk to someone if you feel stressed or anxious. Talk to friends and family about how you’re feeling and if you’re feeling overwhelmed, you can talk to a trained counsellor any time, by calling the Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Line on 1800512348.

And importantly, if what you’re going through is making it hard to get on with your daily life, contact your GP. 

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