As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across the globe, many experts, including the World Health Organisation (WHO) have shared tips to safeguard mental and psychological well-being. You might be feeling stressed or confused. You might have concerns for your family and yourself, such as health and financial concerns.
WHO advises to seek information from factual, authorised sources, mainly for practical steps to prepare plans and protect yourself and loved ones. Council urges staff to check up-to-date accurate information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) at this website:
Social isolation and the additional pressures on daily life, both at home and in the workplace, can take their toll on your mental health. WHO suggests ways to better safeguard your mental health. Here are some thoughts which may assist:
* Stay connected and maintain your social networks
Even in situations of isolations, try as much as possible to keep your personal daily routines. If health authorities have recommended limiting physical social contact to contain the outbreak, you can stay connected “virtually” via e-mail, social media, video conference and telephone.
* Pay attention to your own needs and feelings
Engage in healthy activities that you enjoy and find relaxing. Exercise regularly, keep regular sleep routines and eat healthy food.
* Keep things in perspective
Public health agencies and experts in all countries are working on the outbreak to ensure the availability of the best care to those affected.
Please see below a link to Beyond Blue and an article about “Looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak”.
Don’t forget you also have access to the EAP should you require assistance. Online access is available at the link below and our access code is: gleninnes. The EAP 24 hour contact phone is: 1300-361 008