5 Ways to Prioritise Yourself in Lockdown
COVID-19 has greatly changed the way we live. When we are unable to see friends and family regularly, it can be difficult to stay engaged or even recognise when something feels off.
It’s OK to not feel OK
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 20% of Australians will experience mental duress each year – it’s more common than we think and it’s no longer taboo to talk about.
Your mental health is your physiological and emotional wellbeing. Being mentally well doesn’t mean you experience ‘negative’ emotions like sadness or anger, rather being able to experience all the ups and downs of life in a psychologically and emotionally healthy way.
Cultivate Mental Wellness
- Look after your body and mind: just as you would eat veggies, cutting down on smoking, alcohol and drug use can help improve your mental wellbeing. Focus your energy on exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet, drinking plenty of water, getting enough sleep and establishing a routine that gets you up and moving around the house.
- Build meaningful relationships: feeling connected is fundamental in staying mentally well. It can be especially difficult when you’re isolating, but there are ways to foster relationships with people around you. Call a friend, FaceTime your family or organise ZOOM weekly wrap-ups with colleagues – your peers will appreciate you reaching out and knowing that you care.
- Find your purpose: feeling like you have purpose helps build your self-esteem and make you feel motivated. It doesn’t have to be work-related either! Consider your strengths and talents; those things that you enjoyed doing as a child and see how you can transform them into a hobby, or a calling to help other people.
- Give your mind a workout: keep yourself busy during lockdown with activities and hobbies that flex your mind. Remember to also appreciate mindfulness moments; meditation techniques can help you learn to quiet your mind and stay present in the moment.
- Take time out: sometimes you just need to take a break and allow yourself to rest and relax. Don’t be afraid to take the occasional day off and schedule some ‘you’ time to help relax and reset. Put away the to-do list, switch your phone to silent and do something that makes you feel good.
You’re Not Alone
Everyone is different – how we react to circumstances and how much we are affected by things out of our hands. We must try to monitor the stresses in our work and personal life, and identify when you’re not OK.
If you need help right now, it is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, anywhere in Australia.
Lifeline: 131 114
If you are experiencing a personal crisis or have suicidal thoughts, call the Lifeline 24-hour crisis line.
Beyond Blue: 1800 512 348
Seek information, advice and strategies to help you manage your wellbeing and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467
For immediate, professional 24/7 telephone and online conselling to people who are affected by suicide.
Heads up (link)
Queensland Health (link)