It’s okay to feel overwhelmed, stressed and anxious during the COVID-19 pandemic, these are normal human reactions to extraordinary times.
Our usual day to day life has been impacted. Some of us may have lost our jobs, be feeling financially unstable, be worried about our health or someone we care about getting sick. We may also be spending more time at home without regular activities to help maintain our normal daily routines.
Practising mindfulness may help you to become more aware of your experience (feelings, thoughts, and sensations). Noticing your experience can help you to respond to what’s happening with a clearer sense of what’s needed to reduce stress and anxiety.
Be mindful of what you have control over
We might not be able to change what’s happening, but we can practice how we respond to our experience. A simple way to be mindful is to stop what we are doing for a moment, take three deep breaths and notice what’s going on for us (feelings, thoughts, sensations). Once we notice what’s going on we can take kind action to help ourselves.
The below videos have been put together to support adults and children to practice basic mindfulness techniques.
You can also access eBooks, audiobooks, print books and magazines related to mindfulness from Libraries SA.
Stay connected with friends, family and colleagues by phone or online – or post them a letter. Keeping in touch with people who matter to us is the best thing we can do to protect our mental wellbeing.
Keeping connected is not easy whilst maintaining physical distancing, self-isolating or in quarantine.
The below video will give you some tips and tricks on how to stay connected during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Take time to take good care of yourself and engage in a range of self-care activities. Do something you love, find a new hobby or revive an old one. Engage in healthy activities that you enjoy and find relaxing.
Keep a routine
Keep to your daily routines as much as you can – exercise, eat nourishing meals, get plenty of sleep.