2020 has presented a challenge for us and we can become overwhelmed with all the information, restrictions and uncertainty. Explore what the experts have to say about fostering our wellbeing.
How to do 'Physical Distancing'
Confusion abounds about what is and isn't allowed, and it does seem to change depending on the source of information. The regularly updated Australian Government guidelines are a good place to start.
As well as exploring the material above you can dig a little deeper with the resources below and canvas other services offering assistance.
- WHO - Advice to the public
- COVID-19 support - Head to Health
- Coronavirus information and symptom checklist - Health Direct
- COVID-19 health information - SA Health
Download our tip lists
- COVID-19 wellbeing masterclass - a summary of our top tips for managing mental health
- In close quarters - tips for living closely with others during periods of social restrictions
- Distance and relationships - strategies for managing distance relationships
- Studying from home - tips for studying online and at home
- Setting up for exam success - tips on how to do exams in an online environment
Responding to your mental health during COVID
- COVID-19 resources - information sheets on coping with anxiety and social isolation (Psychology.org.au)
- FACE COVID - Russ Harris youtube
- Looking after yourself during the coronavirus outbreak - beyondblue
- Taking care of your mental health during COVID-19 - Medicine Sans Frontières - video
- Mental health and COVID-19 - SA Health
- Managing your mental health online during COVID 19 - E Mental Health in Practice
- Mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19 - Lifeline
- Be Well Plan - SA based free wellbeing and resilience 5 week program from SAHMRI
Supporting you through the COVID-19 pandemic - This Way Up, offering free online courses during the COVID outbreak
Reassuring young people/children
- Reassuring young people about the unknown - Black Dog Institute
Try some practical responses from the Find Meaning category of the Wellbeing Hub.
When we fall and break a leg, we get help immediately. But it can be harder to know when it’s time to seek help for our emotional health. During times of stress or uncertainty we might notice our wellbeing change gradually over a longer period of time resulting in us feeling less able to cope. We might start struggling to begin an assignment or feel less inclined to connect with our friends for support. It can be hard to know when to act. Finding an easy and simple way to check in with ourselves around a few key wellbeing areas is a great way to plan what might help and know when it’s time to ask for help.
The Black Dog Institute have produced an excellent self-assessment tool to guide you through a few simple questions. On a weekly basis, working through this tool can help you keep track of wellbeing. It also allows you to develop a self-care plan, either individually or with the help of health professionals, which can be a helpful way to build positive wellbeing whilst we travel through this situation together.