Amelia writes: As I’ve been talking things through at home , it’s become clear to me that it’s important for us to be keeping mentally and physically healthy. The Australian Government through the use of a free app have made available free resources for us to access when needed. It’s natural to feel a whole range of emotions, such as stress, worry, anxiety, boredom, or low mood. There are constant discussions and conversations concerning the coronavirus outbreak and implementing and practising self-isolation, which can be stressful and has the potential to impact our mental health and wellbeing. Many of us can feel distressed by the constant news and overwhelming amount of information.
During this time, it is very important to be doing things that help us to cope and maintain good mental health, while of course following the social distancing guidelines and restrictions. Here are some ways to stay mentally healthy.
1. Maintain a healthy lifestyle
Key things that we know help include:
- Set up a daily routine. Plan activities that are fun (such as reading, watching movies, hobbies) and that give you a sense of achievement (such as cleaning, completing work tasks, learning a new skill).
- Stay active – create an exercise routine that can be completed at home, to maintain physical fitness and reduce stress.
- Eat well – plan and eat a variety of nutritious meals.
- Stay connected with friends and family via phone, chat, email, or video conferencing.
- And we might add from our own perspective times of prayer, reading scripture, listening to helpful teaching and taking time to worship.
2. Stay informed
Getting information from trusted sources can help you determine reasonable precautions to take to maintain your health. The Australian Government have a free app available for you to download to keep up to date with the latest information and useful links. Some things you can find on the app include: registration for your isolation; current status of live cases in each state and territory; symptoms; and advice on matters such as JobKeeper payments, case numbers in detail, Indigenous and remote communities, health and aged care, visa holders and more.
3. Stay positive
- We are loved by God. The depths of God’s love for us is found on the cross and validated through Jesus resurrection. He is the good shepherd, He is Immanuel. We are people of hope.
- This is a real trial but it will not be forever.
- What you say to yourself is important. What you listen to similarly. Listen to the things you are saying to yourself and align with God’s truth about yourself.
4. Access support
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, access support!
Coronavirus Health Information Line: Call this line if you are seeking information on coronavirus (COVID-19). The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 1800 020 080.
You can also visit the Head to Health website for:
- links to mental health online and phone support
- resources and services that can help if you’re experiencing mental health concerns of trying to support someone else.
Rev Jamie and your small group leaders as well as our own pastoral team are available to talk to as well as the many informal networks of relationship in our community here at St Nic’s. Contact us . Let’s keep on caring for one another and those around us.