We understand that it could be a difficult time living in the pandemic. Latest research suggests that more than 40% of Australians aged 18 years and older feel different degrees of anxiety and even depression.
Besides doing good personal protection and keeping good hygiene practices, it is also very important to look after your mental health during COVID-19.
According to the Department of Health and the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission, “Staying Connected” and “Staying active” are two major means to maintain sound mental health for the aged community.
It’s important to stay in touch with the people you love, even if COVID-19 restrictions mean they can’t visit you as easily or as often.
But there are also many other ways to stay connected with others – phone calls, video chat, writing a letter or email, sharing your updates on social media or group chats…
Seeing you love ones in person where it is safe could also be a good choice!
It doesn’t really matter how you stay in touch, just that you do.
Who will you contact today?
Are you missing some of your favourite activities? You can still do many of the social activities you enjoy.
Exercises home, gardening, a short walk in the park nearby, have a games night with family and friends, taking online yogo, tai-chi classes… All these activities can help reduce health risks such as cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases. They can also help control your weight, reduce anxiety, lower your blood pressure, and improve your sleep.
A lot of community centres, clubs and religious groups are now offering gatherings and activities online. It will also be a good option to attend.
Already staying active and enjoying yourself?
That’s good! There can be a great variety of activities for you to explore at this time!
If you need assistance using technology for you to stay connected and active (e.g. smartphones, tablets), you can talk to your case manager and we will provide you support with purchasing as well as show you how to use these devices.
You can also access a wide range of our quality social support services home, safely and conveniently via Melbar Virtual Service (Learn More Here).
1. Contact 24/7 Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service (Free)
Call 1800 52 348 or visit https://coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au/
2.The Australian Government is providing 10 additional Medicare-subsidised psychological therapy sessions for Australians affected by COVID-19. You can speak to your GP about accessing these services.