To help control the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) across the country, all Australians have been asked to practise social distancing.
Separation from loved ones, loss of freedom and reduced income, are leading some people to experience feelings of anxiety, boredom, frustration and fear. The Australian Psychological Society has released a guide on how to maintain your mental health during this time.
Positive social connections can help us cope in times of stress. This can be as simple as phoning a friend or spending quality time with the people you live with.
Structure your day
Schedule tasks as well as activities you enjoy to help you stick to your routine. Plan out your days to restore a sense of purpose and normality to your daily life. If you’re working from home, structuring your day is even more important. Set up a dedicated work space, change out of your pyjamas and limit distractions.
Maintain a positive outlook
Think of how self-isolation is slowing the spread of the virus and protecting those most vulnerable in your community. Ensure you have access to accurate, reliable and up-to-date information that communicates what is expected from you if you are in isolation.
Seek additional support when needed
If you feel that the stress or anxiety you experience as a result of self-isolation is getting too much, a psychologist may be able to help. Psychologists are highly trained and qualified professionals skilled in providing effective interventions for a range of mental health concerns, including stress. You can use the Australia-wide Find a PsychologistTM service by going to findapsychologist.com.au or call 1800 333 497
Remind yourself this period of self-isolation is temporary and you are doing your part to stop the spread of the virus.