The world is pretty topsy-turvy right now because of COVID-19. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed by it all, be reassured that this is a very normal response. However, it’s important to go easy on yourself and to take time for self-care. Below is a list of self-care activities that you can do from home. They might help you feel a little better and give you a sense of control during a very uncertain time.
In times of crisis, it’s recommended that you monitor how much, and what you’re exposing yourself to, as well as when you’re consuming it. Set some limits around the time you will dedicate to reading or watching the news (including social media), such as 30 minutes. Making these boundaries can help keep you updated with the latest information while also putting restrictions on exposure – watching too much media can increase anxiety. Avoid watching the news before sleep as this can interrupt your ability to fall asleep or to sleep soundly. It’s also important to get your information from reliable sources, such as the Australian Government’s health alerts. You can also download the Coronavirus Australia app for up to date information.
Coronavirus hotline: 1800 020 080 (for information or advice about COVID-19)
It’s well known that exercise is really good for both our physical and mental health. There’s heaps of different types of exercise you can do from home, thanks to YouTube and apps. Here are some free options:
Here are some good links to learn how to manage fear and anxiety:
When we’re stressed about something our thoughts tend to speed up. Taking 10 minutes or so to practice mindfulness can help produce a sense of calmness, and can make it easier to then make decisions. Here are some free options:
Being indoors may free up some more time for us to explore our creativity – whether this is music, art, films. Below are links to free virtual tours of galleries, museums, as well as suggestions about arts and crafts.