The Covid-19 pandemic is taking its toll on mental health. In some countries the rates of depression have doubled. More people are trying to access mental health support too.
Health officials also warn that one of the consequences of the pandemic may be long-term impacts on the health and mental health of the population.
People living in Victoria in particular have had long periods of staying indoors. These social distancing requirements keep us safe but can mean being separated from friends and family. Even people at home with family still feel loneliness, depression and anxiety. For some, spending all day, every day with family is stressful for a number of reasons.
The last 18 months have been very challenging. And while self-isolation will be a reality remember it is in the best interests of your health and the health of others if you are required to stay at home.
If you are spending a lot of time at home or have limited outdoor time make the most of it to boost your wellbeing. Keep moving and active. Exercise is great for relieving stress. Physical activity helps keep you fit and well.
Having a daily routine is a good idea. That provides structure and you can make exercise part of that routine. Don’t neglect cleaning. Keeping your environment tidy and clean boosts wellbeing too.
Eat well and regularly. There are many resources online that can help your find activities to help your structure your time as we limit our normal activities. There are many online resources too that can help with mental health during this time as well.
If you would like to talk about how Retreat South can help with treatments for a variety of mental health conditions, we are available on 03 5568 4155 or visit our website.