6 Ways to Care for Your Mental Health during the Coronavirus Self-Isolation
As news about the Coronavirus dominate the headlines and the number of cases continues to rise, there is no doubt that this pandemic has brought about much worry and uncertainty to many Australians and New Zealanders.
Being concerned over this recent health crisis is understandable. However, for people with existing conditions such as OCD, anxiety and depression, this situation could fast become too overwhelming and unbearable.
Not panicking about the COVID-19 is easier said than done, but there are several ways to help ease any Coronavirus anxiety and keep a sense of control and during these difficult and unprecedented times.
6 ways to ease Coronavirus anxiety
1 – Seek only accurate information
Try and limit yourself to reading accurate and official information only from sources such as the WHO (World Health Organisation), Australian Government or NZ Government websites. These are credible and trustworthy sources for information and will help you to avoid any unnecessary panic that misinformation can cause.
2 – Set limits on your news exposure
Avoid excessive exposure to media coverage. While keeping up-to-date with the latest changes is essential, constantly monitoring social feeds and news updates about the virus can worsen feelings of distress and concern. Consider taking a break from the news and set boundaries as to how much you will watch, read or listen to each day.
3 – Take care of yourself
Practising self-care at this time helps you to focus on the things that you can control. Where possible, try to keep up with your daily routine and activities such as exercise, eating healthy and getting at least 6-8 hours’ sleep. Try to prioritise your mental wellbeing at this time. Health care workers in particular need to take care of their needs and get a good amount of rest between their shifts due to work overload during this time of crisis.
4 – Acknowledge your feelings
It’s completely normal and understandable to feel anxious, upset and stressed during this current situation. These are unprecedented times and we are bound to react with a wide range of emotions. Allow yourself time to express what you are feeling, such as by talking to others or writing them down in a journal.
5 – Reach out to others
If you are in Coronavirus self-isolation or practising social distancing, keeping in touch with family and friends can help ease the stress. Receiving care and support from those around us can bring a sense of stability and comfort. Furthermore, if possible, try to assist others during their time of need, this will benefit not just the person receiving help, but you as well.
6 – Professional help for Coronavirus anxiety
Even if you are self-isolating, you can still reach out for support from Psychologists and Psychiatrists during this difficult time. At Positive Mind Works, we are a national telehealth service and provide counselling from the comfort of your own home. All you need to access an appointment is a reliable internet connection and access to a smartphone, tablet or laptop with a microphone and camera.
Keep in mind that this pandemic will pass. In the meantime, taking pro-active measures such as these listed above can help you to manage your mental health during coronavirus self-isolation and social distancing. Remember that even if you are under COVID-19 quarantine, there are ways to still connect with health professionals digitally at Positive Mind Works.Click here to book your online psychology session