As Covid-19 advances in Australia with record-breaking new cases and the strict restrictions in place, with lockdowns in many areas, everyone feels more and more insecure about their future, lives, and physical and mental wellbeing.
Families, teenagers, children, seniors, friendships, and relationships are being heavily affected by the new rules. Schools closed, workplaces changing to virtual businesses, job loss, you name it. There is no denying that the pandemic is here to change everything we knew so far, forcing us the create new ways to cope with our feelings and emotions.
A survey conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed that one in five Australians reported high or very high levels of psychological distress linked to the Covid 19 pandemic, with young people, women, and those living with a disability the most affected by poor mental health.
If you are feeling more stressed, uncertain, anxious, lonely, burnt out, or are worrying more about COVID-19 and how the lockdown and restrictions can affect your life in the short and long term, know that all these feelings are completely normal, and you are not alone.
In fact, you can take the time of isolation and try to make the most of it. Take care of yourself, your mind, your emotions, creating new habits, investing in self-development to thrive through these difficult times.
Focus on Your Wellbeing
While the pandemic threat has seen consistently high with very high levels of psychological distress, harnessing your energy to take care of yourself, keeping a positive attitude, and a forward-looking mindset can be the game changer to keep your stability. Here are some great examples of how you can make positive changes in your life.
Be gentle to yourself
Do not be too harsh to yourself. Let yourself feel all the emotions, feelings, frustrations. Do not feel that you have to do everything, that you need to be strong all the time. You don’t!
Take this time at home to look inside and self-reflect on how you are living your life. What are the things that you like about your lifestyle? What are the things you would like to get rid of and change in your life? How can you do that? What are the steps you need to take in order to improve certain aspects of your life?
Focus on your habits
Create a healthier routine for yourself and your family. How is your physical and mental health at this time? What can you do to improve it? Change your eating habits, include physical activities in your routine.
Create a routine
Once you have a plan on what you want to do now, how you want to get better and have a better life to keep a good mental and physical state, you need to make sure you create a routine and include your new habits in your life. Do not give up on the first week. Keep going.
Stay connected to your friends and family. Take the time to talk, relax and have fun, online and safe.
Focus on what matters
Forget what you can’t control and focus on what you can. Do not waste your energy on the uncontrollable and make an effort to keep your mind and yourself safe at this time.
Do not wait! If you feel you need help to cope with the loneliness, with the fear and the uncertainty, seek help right away. Talk to your family, your friends and seek for a professional to help on your journey of self-development.
The Bottom Line
Australia is going through something never seen or experienced before. It is entirely normal the fear, the loneliness, and the feeling of uncertainty. However, keeping your mind and body in good shape will be only beneficial for you. You can do better, and you will!
Written with the 2021 Olympics and Post Covid-19 in mind, Eric Bailey does share not only his personal stories but also his strategies and tools to help us all thrive in our lives, Going for Gold. Click on the link for your playbook to win the Gold…And Live Your Personal Best.