In times like these, it can be easy to feel stressed or overwhelmed by the current COVID-19 situation. Supporting our families and friends through difficult times may lead us to overlook our own mental health.
But taking care of yourself is always important and should never be neglected. There are ways we can physically protect ourselves from the virus and maintain our peace of mind as well.
Here’s a summary of ways you can maintain your mental wellbeing during the COVID-19 situation. Today we discuss why having the right facts is important and when to step away from the news.
Know your facts
There is a lot of news out there about COVID-19 that can be quite alarming and overwhelming. While it’s important to stay on top of the latest recommendations, you do not have to read or react to every single article or update.
In fact, news is often exaggerated for extra impact and can cause more harm than good. There is also false information about the virus and so-called remedies being shared on social media that we need to be wary of.
- Do: Search for credible sources of information, like from Government websites, and take a break from the news if it distresses you
- Don’t: Follow every news outlet or social media account’s coverage of COVID-19 and believe everything that is written online
Understand how pandemics works
COVID-19 is not the first pandemic that has affected Australia. Most health outbreaks follow a common pattern: first there’s doubt, then public attention and panic which affects our economy and societies. But with some time the situation is contained, reality sinks in, and people return to normal life.
Knowing that pandemics and outbreaks are and have always been a part of our lives will help put things into perspective. Here’s a visual history of pandemics to help you.
- Do: Understand that while COVID-19 is unique it’s not the only pandemic we’ve ever experienced, and with time things will improve
- Don’t: Believe that this has never happened before and is the worst we’ve ever experienced
Don’t be up-to-date all the time
With so much information out there, keeping up with the latest news can quickly become exhausting. The media continues to provide nonstop coverage and limitless news angles. This creates a barrage of information no matter where you look.
However there is a limit to the amount of input you can take in. You may find yourself so wrapped up in the news that you cannot help but feel stressed on behalf of your family and friends.
We recommend following the Health department recommendations to know how best to protect yourself and your family. Apart from this, engage in the news when you can. Don’t feel that you should always be on alert for change.
- Do: Know that you don’t have to keep up with the latest news all the time: if it causes you anxiety then you should take a break
- Don’t: Feel obliged to stay up-to-date at all times and worry about emerging events that you cannot control
We hope these strategies help you maintain peace of mind as we navigate through the current situation. If you have any questions about our practices and how we support our people, contact us by email or on 1800 610 665 today.