To reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus many Australians still need to stay inside and self–isolate from others, with workplaces, pubs, 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 restricted, how 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.
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!
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, at–home yoga and weight training are all great potential substitutes. At-home workout videos found online are also a good supplement.
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.
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.
Staying in a calm and considerate mindset can increase one’s wellbeing, as well as having a fixed sleep schedule and routine.
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.
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.