• Staying well during Coronavirus

    If coronavirus has changed your life in any way,
    then it's impacting your mental health.

    As coronavirus and a shifting economy change the way we live, work and play, focusing on health and wellbeing has never been more important. We've compiled a set of practical resources to help you continue to navigate these uncertain times.

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    Checking in with yourself

    Being honest with yourself about how you feel is a great start to proactively managing your mental wellbeing. Simply taking a moment to consider how you feel, gives you a chance to take practical action to improve your mindset.

    Asking for support

    If you're having a hard time, seek support in family and friends. Think of yourself as you would think of a dear friend, and treat yourself kindly. We all need help and support to get through difficult times. Consider a video chat with a friend, call a close family member, or participate in something fun like the R U OK? initiative #takeawaytogether.

    Learn more about #takeawaytogether

    Tips to maintain productivity

    If you're working from home, you may have felt your motivation and energy levels drop. This is entirely normal and probably a result of a variety of factors. Here are some great ways you can boost your energy levels:

    • Get outside for some fresh air a few times a day to set your circadian rhythm.
    • Take regular breaks away from your computer to stretch and breathe.
    • Make lists and tick things off, so you can enjoy your progress.

    It's also useful to accept that a change in productivity is perfectly natural, and something you'll work through with your new routine.

    Slow down

    If you're feeling anxious about the future, and grappling with uncertainty, it can help to take a step back from planning. With so many unknowns, it's difficult to make concrete plans as you normally would. Simple mindfulness practices can help to quiet your problem-solving mind.

    • Explore leading meditation apps like Headspace or Smiling Mind, to help calm your body and mind.
    • Build some moments of quiet into your day, with relaxing rituals like a long walk or warm bath.
    • Avoid thinking too much about the future and shift your energy to enjoying small moments. It's the perfect time to tackle just one day, hour or even moment at a time.

    Explore mindfulness resources on Health Direct

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    Healthy habits

    Your mental health is deeply connected with your physical health, so basics like healthy eating, exercise and relaxation are crucial. It's easy to let your normal healthy habits slip when going through a period of change, but keeping these up can make all the difference. Don't punish yourself when times are tough, but enjoy living healthfully to feel good in body and mind. If you're looking for inspiration, our partners at Live Life Get Active have provided access to free on-demand workouts and great tips for keeping well at home.

    More healthy habit tips from the NSW Government


    Feeling overwhelmed

    If it's all too much, it's important to get help. You can reach out to Lifeline on 131114 or Kids Helpline on 1800551800, who both offer phone services 24/7. If you prefer web chat or text messaging, visit the Lifeline website for options.