The current pandemic was something that came unexpectedly and there is no doubt that it can cause a lot of stress, worries and anxiety. The uncertainty of everything as well as the widespread panic across the world is definitely making this a difficult time for everyone. In particular, this can greatly impact people living with mental health issues.
Quarantine and self-isolation can cause many physical and psychological impacts on people as they may have to be separated from their loved ones and this can cause some symptoms of mental health issues to arise. Furthermore, the pandemic can especially affect people with anxiety disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), agoraphobia and panic disorder.
It is important to care for ourselves as well as others during this tough time. If you personally struggle with mental health issues, or you know someone who does, it is a good idea to educate yourself with what you can do to help yourself and others during this time.
Self-care is very important in order to stay healthy and happy. Take good care of yourself by:
Getting enough sleep each night
Sleep can improve mood as well as keep your immune system strong.
Doing physical exercise often
Exercise is also great for boosting the immune system and improving mood.
Getting some sunlight and spending time in nature
Don't just stay trapped inside the house all the time, go out for a walk or sit in your backyard once in a while to appreciate the outdoors.
Trying relaxation and mindfulness activities
It is helpful when you feel that you are getting overwhelmed or stressed out.
Finding a routine
Explore what works for you and gives you structure to your days. This can help you feel more on track and organised.
It's difficult to be physically isolated from friends and family, but thanks to the great technology we have, there are many ways to stay connected! Texting or instant messaging using social media apps is very easy and convenient. We can also call or video chat our friends and family, regardless of how far apart we are. There are also many options to watch movies together online or to play multiplayer games online. Spending time with other people and talking to people you trust can make you feel much happier as well as help combat the loneliness and other negative effects some of us may feel due to isolation.
Finally, it's important to know that you can get professional support if you need it. It's a good idea to know where to reach out to if you or someone you know wants support or help. Helplines provide convenient and immediate access to support and advice that is free and anonymous.
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Here are some mental health support lines that you can call if you ever feel the need to:
1300 555 788 (Metro) or 1800 676 822 (Peel) or 1800 552 002 (Country/Rurallink)
13 11 14
1300 224 636
HealthDirect (for general health information and advice)*
1800 022 222
It is a difficult time for everyone and at times like this, we need to support and love one another even more. Take good care of yourself and also care for others, especially those who may be struggling. Check up on your family members, friends, neighbours and coworkers and offer your care and support to them as it can make a big difference to their lives!