Tips on How to Stay Mentally ‘Fit’ While Self Isolating 

To reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus many Australians still need to stay inside and selfisolate from others, with workplacespubs, gyms, cafes and places of worship closing. But what does this mean for our mental health? Many people are struggling with extended periods of isolation from work colleagues, family and friends. With many physical and social activities restrictedhow can we maintain a healthy mental state? 

We have provided some guidelines and tips on how to stay mentally ‘fit’ throughout Australia’s COVID-19 restrictions – where you live. 

Eat Healthy 

With so many people still working at home it is easy to fall into bad eating patterns, especially with the fridge so close! Eating a healthy and balanced diet has shown to improve one’s mental state and keep your body healthy. Don’t turn to alcohol just because you are bored and not having to drive anywhere! Alcohol actually increases depression and anxiety so drink water/tea/coffee instead!  

Exercise Regularly

As we know, physical activity releases endorphins and makes us happy. With limited numbers allowed in gyms and some people still in lockdown, the active lifestyle you want and need may be hard to reach. Alternative physical activities such as running, walking and cycling around the neighbourhood, as well as dancing, athome yoga and weight training are all great potential substitutes. At-home workout videos found online are also a good supplement.  

Go Outside 

Although we are not recommended to go into public areas in large numbers without a mask, fresh air and sunlight can improve one’s mental state. Whether it be sitting on the deck, backyard or a stroll around your neighbourhood – there are many ways for us to still enjoy the outdoors while being at home. Sunshine is better than social media for wellbeing.  

Find a Hobby 

We have to get crafty with the spare time we have at home, so we may as well learn something new! Learning a new skill or language online, painting, gardening, knitting, journaling, reading or finally getting around to those unfinished jobs around the home can keep us busier and more entertained. Check out the New York Times Bestsellers and work your way through the top ten. 

Be mindful 

Staying in a calm and considerate mindset can increase one’s wellbeing, as well as having a fixed sleep schedule and routine.   

Need Help Adjusting? 

COVID-19 is going to be a part of our lives for some time, so it is important that we stay in a good head space. If you are struggling or need some advice, Doctors on Demand provides access to online psychologists so you can talk to a professional while you are social distancing. Medicare rebates apply when you have a GP Referral. 

If you or someone you know have the symptoms listed below, don’t hesitate to book an appointment with one of our registered psychologists through this difficult time. 

  • Frequent panic attacks 
  • Overwhelming feelings of hopelessness and lack of hope in the future 
  • Obsessive and intrusive thoughts of impending doom 
  • Low, unstable mood 
  • Feelings of emotional and psychological isolation 
  • Lack of any form of contact with friends and family 
  • Disturbances in sleep and appetite (oversleeping and eating; insomnia and under-eating)  

For any medical inquires or concerns book an appointment online now with one of our Australian Registered GPs and avoid sitting in a waiting room! 

Stay well and look after yourself. 

From all of us at Doctors on Demand.  

 

References 

https://www.livescience.com/55407-eating-more-fruits-veggies-linked-with-life-satisfaction.html 

https://www.artshub.com.au/news-article/features/covid-19/the-big-idea/how-to-cope-with-covid-19-mental-health-issues-260053 

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200317-covid-19-how-to-stay-happy-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak 

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