Having to isolate at home during a lockdown for any period of time can be challenging but particularly stressful during extended periods. The stress of normal life does not go away but on top of that there is the additional stress caused by fear, isolation and loneliness. It's normal to feel sad, stressed, confused, scared or angry. Talking to people you trust can help.
Your mental health matters so we’ve put together this handy guide with some coping strategies you can use:
1. Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
Ensure you maintain a proper healthy diet, get adequate sleep and exercise, and enjoy social interaction with loved ones at home or online.
2. Seek Professional Advice
Speak to professionals about your physical and mental health needs instead of smoking, drinking alcohol or using drugs to cope.
3. Gather Factual Information
Use credible sources to help you accurately determine your risk and take reasonable precautions.
4. Avoid Bad Media
Reduce the time you and your family spend watching or listening to media coverage of news that you find upsetting.
5. Practice Mindfulness and Mediation
Next time you find your mind racing with stress, try the acronym STOP:
S – Stop what you are doing, put things down for a minute. T – Take a breath. O – Observe your thoughts, feelings and emotions. P – Proceed with something that will support you in the moment.
Light a candle, focus on your breathing, try a guided meditation on YouTube, play relaxing music or soothing sounds.
Tip: If you find it hard to focus, try watching the flame of your candle.
6. Reach Out
It's important for all of us during this time to keep communicating with others. Reach out to friends and family if you need someone to talk to. If you are struggling and are not sure who to talk to call Lifeline on 13 11 14.
Some Things You Can Do While At Home
- Read a good book
- Play relaxing music
- Watch your favourite TV shows
- Indulge in self-care
- Try a new recipe