Managing Stress and Anxiety During COVID-19

As the COVID-19 global pandemic continues to have dire implications on our country, particularly Victoria, it is fair to say that most of us are feeling a little overwhelmed and stressed with

Control the Controllable

COVID-19 and the many restrictions in place are completely out of our control, so let’s control the controllable. We cannot control the past, nor can we control the future. So, let’s focus on the here and now.

Keep a Routine

With most of our daily rituals having been thrown out the window now that we are all working from home, it is important to try and maintain some form of a routine. Start some new daily rituals, perhaps that is getting outside for some exercise before you begin work for the day, or taking a morning tea break everyday at 10am… set yourself a routine and your mind will thank you for it.

Stay Connected

Just because we are apart from our loved ones, doesn’t mean we can’t stay connected. Schedule in a Zoom call with your friends and family once a week or organise Friday night drinks via zoom with your colleagues as you would in the office. It’s these little interactions that can keep us sane.

Practice Gratitude

Studies have proven that spending 30 seconds per day focusing on what we are grateful for can improve our overall happiness. So, why not begin your day by writing down 3 things you are grateful for.

Breathe

With the constant influx of negative news in the media, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Introduce mindfulness and mediation into your daily routine and obtain the benefits of deep breathing.

Show Compassion

We are all in the same boat and everyone is feeling the effects of the situation so it’s important to check in on others and ask them how they are coping.

Limit Social Media

We want to stay informed, but not so much so that it effects our mental health and wellbeing. Try and avoid constant scrolling through social media and instead set yourself certain time blocks dedicated to using social media. The benefits of doing so are undeniable.

Please note that this is generalised advice. If you or someone you know is struggling, please consult a medical professional.

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