Top 5 tools to reduce stress amid COVID-19
We need calm, empowerment and planning to manage in these uncertain times.
As you well know, the Covid-19 virus, known also as coronavirus, is creating a world-wide change in our attitudes, our lifestyles, and our ability to manage the everyday living needs during this time. It has adverse effects on every part of our life.
Amidst the changes around us causing adverse effects on our lives, we are also challenged to expose our vulnerabilities – personal, social, technological, technical and more! This is a time for ‘community’, wellness and support.
So what can you do to manage your levels of stress and anxiety?
Our 5 top suggestions are:
- Physical Distancing alongside Social Connection – Follow the Australian Health Department’s guide – wash your hands, good hygiene, social distancing and avoid large crowds – but also stay connected with your loved ones – give them a call, say ‘hi’, share your story with someone who cares.
- Contact one of our local counselling services (see list below)
- Hear what the professionals are saying to you, your kids, your community (Special report on schoolTV, Unicef advice for parents)
- Read widely, and breath deeply – your survival response is being triggered, so calmly get context around your thoughts.
- Use technology wisely to inform you, but not absorb you to a point of distress. Turn off your tv if necessary, and limit the time you spend watching or hearing news television or social media news.
Local counselling services providers here on Expect Me Wellness Hub include:
- Donna Piromalli, Griffith Counselling, Griffith NSW.
- Health Retreat at Home, across the Riverina, Canberra and South Coast – online
- Mind Your Matter Healing, Coolamon and Wagga Wagga and online
- Emma Kelly, Mental Health and Wellbeing Counselling Service, Leeton
- SteppinOut4Youth, Leeton
- Country Holistic Counselling, Riverina
- Emotional Health Counselling Services, Canberra
- Entire Health Solutions, Albury
If you would like to connect with local counselling, psychology or social worker services for you, your family or friend, GET STARTED with Expect Me and we’ll help put you in touch with the right people to help. We offer a FREE 15 minute consultation to hear you.
If you’re a parent or carer wondering how to manage your child or teenager’s stress and anxiety on this topic, we suggest schooltv’s Special Report HERE, with one of Australia’s leading adolescent psychologists, Dr Michael Carr-Gregg.
The Australian Government health department has an official response HERE suggesting how we can protect ourselves and others from spreading germs, with some simple guidelines. These include good hygiene, social distancing, and avoiding public gatherings. Some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are HERE on the department’s website.
Emergency Mental Health Contacts for our region are HERE when you need them.
Remember, we’re all in this together, and Expect Me brings you the best in the business to help you and your family. HOME