There are a lot of different ways to look after your mental health. Mental Health Australia has put together a handy list of things you can do to put your mental health on the top of the list.
- Stay Active – Exercise increases wellbeing and helps reduce symptoms of common mental health concerns.
- Eat Well – Eating a nutritious diet is great for both your physical and mental health. As much as possible, try and stick to a healthy diet even as your activities and environment change.
- Connect with others – COVID-19 has made connecting with others trickier, but social connection is more important than ever. When many of us face lockdown, physical distancing, and travel restrictions, we may need to rely on technology to talk to our friends and family.
- Do something you enjoy each day – Do things that make you feel physically and emotionally comfortable, engaging in activities that make you feel safe and calm. Continue to do the things you enjoy as much as possible.
- Limit media consumption ( and choose trusted sources) – Choose how often you engage with news and social media, and be sure to find news sources that are trustworthy and factual. Add in some content that makes you laugh and feel comfortable wherever possible.
- Keep to a routine – Keep to your regular routine as much as possible, including exercise, sleep, daily chores, work, recreational activities and connecting with others.
- Get an early night – Priorities getting enough sleep each night to help you feel more energised and focused during the day. Getting enough rest is the foundation to protecting your mental health.
- Be kind to yourself – Remind yourself that there is no right or wrong reaction to the uncertainties of the pandemic, or to worrying events. Allow yourself extra grace if your productivity and motivation have been impacted by the changing environment.
- Maintain perspective – While this is an uncertain time, try and view these changes with openness and acceptance. Remind yourself of things you’re grateful for and things you’ve learned.
- Seek help – It’s normal to experience anxiety and stress resulting from the pandemic. Talking to trusted friends, family, or your GP can help you through it. There are also many online and telehealth resources available.
For more information and resources to help you please visit some of our recommended sites below
- Mental Health Australia – Mental Health Australia | (mhaustralia.org)
- LAYMHA | Make a promise (lookafteryourmentalhealthaustralia.org.au)
- National Mental Health Commission – World Mental Health Day 2021 – National Mental Health Commission