Pandemics, self isolation or quarantine getting you down?
Local headspace centres are offering tips and coping strategies for young people during this stressful time.
Ron de Jongh, CEO of Grand Pacific Health, who are the lead agency for headspace Wollongong, Nowra, Goulburn and Bega, is encouraging people to stay connected.
"It's important we stay socially connected to loved ones even when we're physically apart," he said.
"We prefer using the phrase "physical distancing" instead of "social distancing," because we need our social connections now more than ever.."
headspace offers the following additional tips:
- Be mindful of exposure to information through stories, traditional and social media. It can be helpful to take a break from the 24-hour news cycle.
- Do things that make you feel physically and emotionally safe, and be with those who are helpful to your wellbeing
- Engage in activities that promote a sense of calm and feeling grounded (use of alcohol and other drugs can be counterproductive with this).
- Follow our seven tips for a healthy head space: get into life, learn skills for tough times, create connections, eat well, stay active, get enough sleep and cut back on alcohol and drugs.
- It can help to talk with a trusted adult if it all feels a bit much.
- We've been advised to stay at home where possible but staying at home doesn't mean we can't stay connected. It's important to stay in contact with loved ones during this time and we are fortunate we have so much technology at our fingertips enabling us to do so.
- Self-isolating or social distancing? Remind yourself that this is only temporary