How can you deal with anxiety, distress and concern related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic?
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Tips for looking after your mental health:
- Media coverage: find a healthy balance and limit news and social media if you and your family find it too distressing.
- Sources of information: access credible information from government and health authorities (i.e. Australian Government and World Health Organisation (WHO)).
- Maintain perspective: remember that experts around the world are working hard to help. Also, while coronavirus can affect anyone, those with the disease haven’t done anything wrong so don’t make assumptions.
- Stay calm and be practical: follow advice from credible sources (see above), and resist the urge to panic, as this makes it harder for authorities to manage the outbreak effectively.
- Stay connected and/or seek support: keep in touch with your family, friends, colleagues or professional support services by phone, video call, social media or email.
- Stick to a routine: aim to get plenty of sleep, maintain physical activity, eat healthy foods and allocate specific work hours and breaks. Stay curious about your new experience and how you can use it develop healthy habits.
- Financial support: visit the National Debt Helpline to find relevant information.
While the ‘new normal’ may cause heightened levels of anxiety and stress at first, following these tips can help reduce these feelings, and support your mental health so you are better able to stay mentally healthy.
Tips for looking after your Physical health:
- Set up a daily routine – Plan activities that are fun (such as reading, watching movies, hobbies) and that give you a sense of achievement (such as cleaning, completing work tasks, learning a new skill).
- Stay active—create an exercise routine that can be completed at home, to maintain physical fitness and reduce stress.
- Eat well—plan and eat a variety of nutritious meals.
- Stay connected – with friends and family via phone, chat, email, or video conferencing
How to access mental and physical health services:
It is important to seek support if you are feeling anxious, stressed or overwhelmed. Speaking with friends or family to let them know how you feel can help, and they might also appreciate talking to you about how they feel. Also remember that Sarina Russo JobAccess offers a range digital mental and physical health services that you can access online or over the phone, or you can connect with a health professional such as your GP.
Protect others and stop the spread
We can all help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Australia.
To protect others you must:
- sore throat
- shortness of breath
If you are sick and think you might have COVID-19, check your symptoms using healthdirect’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Symptom Checker.
Tips on social isolation
Be Mentally Prepared
- stay positive
- don’t overload yourself with information
- Remember it won’t last forever
Organisation yourself, your family, your friends
- Set a schedule
- Be social by virtual
- Stay busy
Social Isolation Doesn’t Have To Mean Emotional Isolation
Tips on keeping your distance
One way to slow the spread of viruses, such as coronavirus, is social distancing (also called physical distancing). The more space between you and others, the harder it is for the virus to spread.
Stay up to date with official information and advice about the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. You can check your symptoms and get notified when urgent information and updates are published.
Join our COVID-19 WhatsApp channel to learn the latest on Australia’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19). If you’re already a WhatsApp user you can send a message to the channel to connect. If you don’t have WhatsApp, download the app to join the channel.
Translated resources – coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
COVID-19 translated information for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, health professionals and industry. Information includes factsheets and promotional materials.
- Coronavirus hotline: If you are concerned, call the coronavirus hotline 1800 675 398 (24 Hours).
- Interpreting service: If you need an interpreter, call TIS National on 131 450.
- Triple Zero: Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.