Taking Care during COVID-19
In recent months, life has been a bit of a whirlwind for all of us. Between having to balance the usual aspects of our everyday lives along with the stress of a pandemic looming, it only makes it easier for those intrusive and negative thoughts to cloud inside our heads. For now, it’s important that we take care of our emotional well-being, so that we’re mentally strong enough to overcome these temporary setbacks. Simply put, it’s okay to not be okay sometimes.
We hope with some guidance that we can support our little community to alleviate us when we’re feeling down or just not like ourselves.
At times, it’s like the only way we truly feel connected to the outside world is by checking the news every other hour to stay in the loop or endlessly stalking through our socials in fear of missing out on something.
Spending hours staring at the blue light emitting from our phones not only affects our vision and concentration, it can also damage sleeping patterns and raise anxiety levels. Unplugging for a couple of hours and taking some time to bask in reality can truly change your perspective for the day while you give your eyes some needed rest.
With a lot more free time on my hands, I personally find my brain overflows with thoughts of what I should be doing, and it consumes me so much that I find myself lethargic and completely unproductive. Meditation and mindfulness activities are geared to promote happiness by achieving a deeper sense of awareness of the world around us.
If you find yourself facing a similar slump, start by trying some deep breathing exercises. Try to relax and find yourself in the present. Use the time to release any negative energy that may be lingering and let go of any worries you’ve had for the day. Your brain deserves a break every now and then, so take a few minutes to allow a bit of clarity to shine through during this foggy time.
Get your body moving!
A place I can assume most of us have parked our bums since isolation began – the couch. Sure, watching Netflix in the same pair of pj’s you’ve worn for a week is fun for a while, but eventually it gets old, and our bodies need physical activity to properly function.
Go for a jog around the block or pick up a cardio class on YouTube. Dancing, yoga and Zumba workouts are also great ways to get active, without even leaving the house! The amount of tutorials online are endless and who ever said we needed a gym membership to keep fit?
Practice the act of gratitude
Put yourself in another person’s shoes. It’s easy for us to take things for granted at times like this, but we have a lot to be thankful for. Many people are doing it tough at the moment, from small businesses to single mothers, people of all walks of life are finding it hard to cope with the abnormalities of this pandemic.
I myself am grateful for the roof over my head and having access to necessities that others may struggle to receive. It’s comforting to focus on the fact that living in a regional city lowers the overall risk, and that we have amazing health care workers who are always willing to lend a hand. Practicing gratitude helps us to show empathy toward others and remind us to stay grounded and appreciate the world for what it is.
Reconnect with loved ones
Just because we’re physically distanced, doesn’t mean we can’t still be together as a family and community. With the wonders of the internet, most of our loved ones are only a click away. It’s important during this time for us to stay linked with one another to avoid becoming lonely or feeling claustrophobic. Video calls and text messages are always a good option to help us stay in the loop. Don’t forget to write a letter to your grandparents, too!
Beautify your routine
The best way to pick yourself up (so I’ve found) is to care for your outer self when your inner self is feeling icky. When you’re sad, simple things like showering can almost feel like a chore, but thankfully there is a world of beauty gurus on the world wide web who are here to help. The list of possibilities are endless, from DIY oatmeal face scrubs to egg white hair masks, you’ll find nearly everything you need right in your pantry. Get creative, and see how your skin and mind will thank you for it!
It’s easy to get lost in the daily slump, especially for those of us who are out of work for the time being. Why not get involved in giving back to your local community? Lately, community members have been reaching out to their neighbours and committing random acts of kindness. The Kalgoorlie Community Care Collective on Facebook is a local page dedicated to these affairs, and is a great place to start. Doing the weekly grocery shop for someone in isolation, writing a letter to a nursing home, and donating spare non-perishable goods to local charities are just some of the awesome ways our KB society has been lending a hand, and you can too!
Get real support
Obviously, it doesn’t matter how many face masks and breathing exercises we can muster up, if we’re really suffering with our mental health, it’s crucial to get some real support. Thankfully, KB has a dedicated team of health professionals who are here to support and guide us on our way back to a positive outlook. Goldfields Mental Health Service, Headspace, Centrecare and 360 Health Centre are all helpful, local service providers willing to offer counselling and psychological services to heal our people. Never be afraid to speak out. To get further information, visit the Health Direct website.
With the toll these events may be taking on our mental health, we hope our readers are able to find some solace while scanning through this piece, and find some direction for where their health journey is headed next. It’s all a process, so take care of yourself. If you can, find time to take care of others, too, they might just need it more than you think.
Thank you for reading.
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