How to look after your mental wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak

By MiNDFOOD

How to look after your mental wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak
From sticking to routines to seeking support, there are several things you can do to look after your mental health amid the fears of the coronavirus.

As the public discussion around COVID-19 continues to grow and new updates surfacing every day, it can feel like an uncertain time for many.

As well as looking after your physical health, it’s important to prioritise your mental wellbeing during this time. Many people may be feeling scared, anxious and worried which is completely normal.

If you’re feeling this way, there are many things you can do to look after your mental wellbeing. Here is some advice from the Ministry of Health:

  • Create a safe space. Spend time in places that feel safe and comfortable as much as possible.
  • Remind yourself your feelings are normal. Tell yourself how you are feeling is a normal reaction and will pass – it’s nothing to be afraid of.
  • Find support. Reach out to your support systems – family, friends or workmates. Sharing how we all feel and showing support is important.
  • Stick to routines. Maintaining your everyday routines such as mealtimes, exercise and sleeping patterns is a good way to find comfort.
  • Stay active. While many of us may be afraid to go out, keeping active like going for a walk is a good way to work through your feelings and take care of your wellbeing.
  • Reach out. If your feelings get worse over time, remember, there is support out there.

In New Zealand, You can call Healthline on 0800 611 116, your local GP or call or text 1737 to talk with a trained counsellor for free. In Australia, you can call the Coronavirus Information Health Line on 1800 020 080 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636 or visit their website to chat over the web.

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