Looking After Your Mental and Physical Health

During these challenging times, it is more important than ever to look after your mental and emotional wellbeing.   

Remember to eat well, sleep well, exercise and try creative ways to engage socially. 

There are many free resources to help you achieve this and whether it is your mental, emotional or physical health you are concerned about, there are steps you can take to get the help you need. 

Physical Health

Daily exercise is a key component to assist in maintaining physical and mental health.  You don’t need to spend hours at the gym to achieve this, a simple walk to your local park or shops or for those in self-isolation there are many home workouts available for free online.   

https://theconversation.com/how-to-stay-fit-and-active-at-home-during-the-coronavirus-self-isolation-134044 

https://www.gransnet.com/health/coronavirus/self-isolation-and-exercise-at-home-coronavirus 

Don’t exercise if you feel unwell – If you don’t feel healthy enough to exercise, it’s important that you don’t push yourself. Also think about any health conditions or injuries you may have which will affect the type of workout you can do. If exercise isn’t on the cards for this reason, why not partake in a sedentary activity to uplift your mood and keep you occupied?  

Eating a balanced and nutritious diet helps your immune system defend itself.  Limit your intake of sugary food, drinks and alcohol to help improve your body’s immune system.  Maintain hydration by drinking plenty of water.  For more information on eating well visit the link below: 

https://www.eatforhealth.gov.au/  

Mental and Emotional Wellbeing

It might seem hard to focus on your mental health at this time but prioritising this is more important than ever.  Staying socially connected with friends and family is a great start. 

Mental health issues affect one in every five Australians.  While its normal to feel anxious or uncertain during this time, you can seek help if these feelings start to affect your everyday functioning.  There are many free resources and links you can access either for yourself, a family member or friend you may be concerned about. 

  • The 24/7 Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service has been developed by Beyond Blue to address the growing mental health impact of the pandemic, including fear about the virus, financial stress, family stress, anxiety and loneliness. Call 1800 512 348. 
  • My Compass (Beyond Blue): A personalised self-help tool to manage mental health stress in COVID-19. 
  • NQ Connect is a free and safe telephone and online counselling service for people in North Queensland for individuals 15 years and over experiencing difficulties that impact on their mental health. 
  • The Department of Health’s Head to Health’s COVID19 support page offers tips for maintaining good mental health, information on how to access mental health services, information for parents, and how to keep older Australians safe and connected by helping them get established online. To receive frequent mental health updates on coronavirus, subscribe to the Department of Health’s enews 
  • National Mental Health Commission campaign to deal with COVID-19 stress: Sharing stories about coping – #Wereinthistogether  
  • Kids Helpline: A 24/7 support service to help children through the COVID-19 pandemic is available free of charge to all Australian children. Call 1800 55 1800, or use the email or webchat service. 
  • LifeinMind: Providing vital connections to resources designed to support the mental health and wellbeing of those experiencing an indirect or direct impact from COVID-19. 
  • headspace: Support for young people, including how to cope with stress related to COVID-19.  
  • Lifeline: Managing your mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak. Call 13 11 14 
  • Emerging Minds: Helping parents and carers best support their children and reduce worry and distress. 
  • Black Dog Institute’s tools and resources can be accessed by anyone, anywhere to help deal with feelings of anxiety and stress associated with COVID-19. 
  • If you know children or young people who are feeling concerned by the situation, this 6-minute video from SchoolTV can help your family feel informed. 
  • Mindset: 10 Psychological Tips for Coping with Coronavirus (COVID-19).  
  • Queensland Mental Health Commission resources relating to COVID-19.  
  • Mind Australia: Supports people dealing with mental illness, as well as their families, friends and carers; provides specialised therapies for complex behaviours and needs including people who have intellectual disability along with mental ill-health.  
  • Community Services Industry Alliance (CSIA) has collated useful information and links to mental health supports for community groups and people that may have been impacted by COVID-19. 

For serious concerns for yourself or some you know, there are 24/7 crisis services you can call for help: 

Lifeline 13 11 14
Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
Beyond Blue 1300 22 46 36
MensLine Australia 1300 78 99 78
Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800