While some people have enjoyed a slower pace of life, for others the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated challenges have had a negative impact including resulting job losses, increased parental pressure, health fears, loneliness and more.
As we begin to move towards less restrictions and a new normal, it is still important to be patient with ourselves. The transition is likely to be slow and life may not return to how it was previously. As we embark on this new territory, managing mental health and wellbeing is essential.
Mental health and wellbeing strategies
Having some strategies in place can help, so find what works best for you as we navigate new terrain.
Take it slow
It will probably take some time to find a new rhythm as restrictions ease or change over the coming weeks and months. It’s okay to take it slow and be patient with yourself as you get used to the changes. Don’t feel like you have to rush out and visit family and friends immediately simply because you can. Adjust to life in your own time and tweak things when it feels comfortable to do so.
Acknowledge your feelings
This year has brought some unprecedented changes to all our lives. While we are now able to move about with more freedom, it is not unusual to have a range of feelings to deal with. Many of us could be feeling anxious or fearful of going back into the community, while others may be experiencing depression or worry about a range of issues including employment, health, family or money.
Look after yourself
Continuing to take care of yourself is important when managing your mental health. This includes regular exercise, adequate quality sleep and eating healthy foods. Aiming to incorporate these three things into your day can go a long way to support your wellbeing. Create a daily schedule that includes self-care so there’s always time for your health.
Do things you enjoy
Carve out time to pursue the things that make you happy. Perhaps it’s playing a musical instrument, doing yoga, reading, photography, playing video games — whatever makes you feel good. Allowing space for the things you enjoy can lift your mood and give you a much-deserved break.
Reduce your media consumption
Staying up to date is good, but it’s important to give yourself a break from the news, especially when if it causes you to feel anxious or overwhelmed.
Seek out support
Help is here if you need it. If your mental health is suffering, chat to your doctor about a mental health plan. There are also a number of additional mental health resources including Lifeline and Beyond Blue with many strategies to support you in managing your wellbeing.
We’re here to support our learners and clients during this time, if you have any questions please contact us!