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6 Ways to Look After Your Mental Health During COVID-19

We’re still in a time of uncertainty, even in 2022, even in Western Australia.

No one’s really sure what’s going to happen to the state (yet alone the world), and it can be extremely overwhelming, scary and distressing. We’ve pulled together 6 ways to try and help you get through this time, by focusing on keeping a positive frame of mind.

1. Don’t let masks scare you!

For a lot of people, this new ‘normal’ of seeing everybody out with masks can be really scary, especially if a Support Worker, parent, carer or Coordinator suddenly looks like an entirely new, strange person.

Remember that the person you know is still under there! They’re just trying to keep you and everyone else safe. If you know someone who’s uncomfortable with mask wearing, take the time to show them step by step how to put theirs on properly. Make it a fun activity and eliminate the fear aspect.

2. Stand out in the sunshine

It’s super easy to try and spend all of our time indoors at the moment, but even spending 30 minutes a day outside can improve your mental outlook (just make sure to sunscreen up!).

Take the time to be in nature – feel the grass between your toes or the warmth on your skin to bring you back to experiencing all that nature has to offer.

3. Get back into your hobbies!

How many times do you catch yourself thinking: ‘I don’t have time to do the things I love’? Or wondering why you don’t paint or sing or read anymore?

The best way to get back to being you and finding yourself again is to remember why you love the things you do. Pick up that paintbrush, dust off that novel you’ve been promising you’ll read, and give it a go.

4. Eat healthy meals

A healthy body always helps create a healthy mind! Take advantage of the summer heat to enjoy fresh salads, BBQ’s and meals that nourish your body instead of deplete it of nutrients. If your local supermarket is suffering from low stock at the moment, it could be a good opportunity ti start your own veggie patch!

If you need help with your Nutrition and Diet, we do offer help through Enable.

5. Socialise online

Messaging friends is super easy, but a lot can be said for a simple video call or video group chat (where you don’t have to wear masks!).

Why not tee up a time for your regular friend group to have a group Zoom or Skype meeting? There are heaps of games you can play over the internet in a group setting, whilst enjoying good friendly banter and catchups.

6. Talk to someone

As much as our steps above might help, sometimes all you need is a good chat. Someone to talk to who listens. There are multiple mental health phone call facilities in the South West (including Headspace and Beyond Blue), that are available to talk to if you’re feeling down.

Our biggest reminder is that this is only temporary. Until we know what the future holds, all we can do is be as safe as possible and follow the advice set out by the WA Government.

If you have any questions at all pertaining to COVID and your Supports, please get in contact with our team.

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