If you’re feeling worried or struggling to cope during the COVID19 Victorian isolation, that we are under, now with more “Stage-4” restrictions in place, here are some self-care+ things to consider.
“Self-care” can be understood in many different ways. In its simplest form, the term refers to our ability as human beings to function effectively in the world while meeting the multiple challenges of daily life with a sense of energy, vitality, and confidence. Self-care is initiated and maintained by us as individuals, it requires our active engagement.
Manage your exposure to media coverage, as well if you have children, manage theirs. As this could increase feelings of fear and anxiety. Be mindful of sources of information and ensure, if you need to, you are accessing good quality and accurate information.
Learn how to nourish and sustain yourself, the things that have a positive impact on your physical, mental and emotional state.
Find ways to manage stress and unwind, relax, unwind and recover. Energy expenditure needs to be balanced with the same amount of energy recovery.
Be aware of changes to your emotional wellbeing and speak to your support network (family, friends, work colleagues) when you find things are getting on top of you. Don’t hesitate to get professional help if you get to point where you are not coping.
If there is someone you think may struggle, through this further extended period of isolation, it is important to reach out to them and let them know you care:
- Call them to check on their welfare;
- Send an email or a text; and or
- Don’t underestimate the power you have to offer hope and a chat to another person.
Whatever you’re feeling during these challenging times, you can talk it through with one of Beyond Blue or lifeline counsellors. They provide advice and support based on your specific needs.
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