Be Kind to yourself
Tips and resources on how you can look after yourself during this time.
Some tips to look after your mental health
It's normal to feel overwhelmed and stressed during a time like this.
Here are some ways you can look after yourself:
- Stay informed - but avoid too much media coverage and social media
- Keep things in perspective - remember that experts around the world are working hard to help
- Take reasonable precautions - see English-speaking coronavirus health advice here and translated health advice here
- Stay connected - reach out to people you trust like friends and family, neighbours and workmates. You can call, email, Facebook, FaceTime, WhatApp and more. Instead of catching up for a coffee you can use apps such as Zoom or Houseparty to catch up with friends. Looking for someone new to have a chat with? Chat with a volunteer via Friendline
- Make time for activities you enjoy
- Set up daily routines - try to keep regular mealtimes, eat a healthy and balanced diet, make sure you're getting enough sleep, and keep physically active. Need some help to set up a routine? Try using a free daily planner such as this one.
- Practice mindfullness - schedule a few minutes each day for some mindfulness. A simple 5-minute practice may really help. Check out this four step process for mindfulness and other mindfulness and meditation tips.
Look after your physical health
We know hanging on the couch, or taking a nap are pretty tempting right now. But staying active and doing some exercise each day is great for your health.
If you're new to exercise, or feeling a little lost because your normal way of staying fit isn't possible right now, here are some ideas to get you moving:
Check out if your local exercise studio is offering online classes or try a class on YouTube. There are endless free exercise videos regardless of your fitness level or the size of your living room. This Girl Can – Victoria ambassador Sana also has some great tips on exercising at home.
Do your own exercise - try gentle chair exercises, Instead of weights use household items like filled water bottles and cans or jars of food, walk or run on the spot for 30 second intervals, do some star jumps, planks, sit ups, push ups, or even burpees.
Go solo outside if you can - walking, cycling and running are great solo activities and safe if you’re feeling well and haven’t been asked to self-isolate.
We suggest going early in the morning or late in the day, and avoiding streets and parks with high foot traffic, to minimise your risk. Remember to pack some hand sanitiser containing at least 60% alcohol and stay at least 1.5 metres away from to other people.
Relationships and safety
The coming months will see Australian households and individuals experience higher levels of stress, financial and uncertainty. For many this will impact on personal relationships and some people will be fearful for their safety and may experience violence from a family member or partner.
Everybody has the right to be safe. Please look out for your family, friends and neighbours at this time and contact one of these services if you are concerned about their welfare or safety, or if you are experiencing family violence yourself.
- Triple Zero (if you are in immediate danger)
- Berry Street Family Violence Support
- Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre
- Djirra (support for Koori women)