Here’s TEN tips on how to find things to help stay on top of the lockdown blues that we’re all experiencing at the moment.
The world is pretty topsy-turvy right now, because of the global panic around coronavirus (COVID-19). If you’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed by it all, be reassured that this is a very normal response. However, it’s important to go easy on yourself and to take time for self-care.
It’s pretty well known that exercise is really good for both our physical and mental health. There’s heaps of different types of exercise you can do from home, thanks to YouTube and apps. We’ve listed a few free ones (share your tips for others on the ReachOut Forums), or continue doing whatever works for you.
These are just three ideas, do whatever works for you. If you can go
outside, consider going for a walk or run while taking in your
When we’re stressed about something (such as coronavirus), our thoughts tend to speed up. Taking 10 minutes or so to practise mindfulness can help produce a sense of calmness. If you don’t get what mindfulness is all about, check out our WTF is mindfulness meditation.
Here are some suggestions for free mindfulness apps to try:
Even if an in-person meet-up is off the table, try to stay in touch with your mates via text, Messenger, WhatsApp, FaceTime, or (gasp!) a good ol’ fashioned phone call. Ask them how they’re feeling and share your own experience if you feel safe to do so.
Check out our article on 5 steps to talking to someone you trust. You could even start a group chat where each person shares one good thing that happened in their day.
If you’re feeling (or literally are) isolated, jump on to our online forums.
ReachOut Forums are a safe, supportive and anonymous space where you
can chat to other young people. If you’re struggling, check out the
thread Today I am having a tough time because… Or share what you’re doing for self-care in the thread Today I practiced self care by…
Good nutrition is always important, but during stressful times there’s nothing better than a tasty, healthy homemade meal – especially if you made it yourself. You could ask a friend or family member for their fave recipe, or check out Taste’s easy recipes section. See our article on how to make healthy food choices for some tips.
For many people it may be challenging to get some ingredients at the moment. If you’re running low or not able to get certain things, it’s totally fine to keep it really simple. You could also get creative with substitutions or Google ‘[ingredient] substitute’ for ideas.
Between the news and social media, we’re all feeling saturated by
coronavirus updates right now. It’s important to stay informed, but try
to limit your media intake to a couple of times a day and use trusted news sources.
If you catch yourself turning to social media because you’re feeling
isolated, take a break and spend time on another activity, such as those
we’ve suggested here.
Music can make us feel so much better. Hop on Spotify and make a
playlist with your fave songs. You could make a group playlist and ask
your friends to add five of their favourite songs as well. If you want
to get fancy, you could make several playlists for different moods/vibes
(e.g. rainy day, feeling happy, etc.).
If you’re suddenly spending a lot more time at home, it can help to
have an environment that feels good to you. Instead of getting all Marie
Kondo and trying to overhaul your whole space in a day, try
decluttering for five mins a day. Pick a shelf to start with, or pick up
five things and find a home for them. For more five-minute decluttering
tips, check out this article.
Distraction can be a good thing. Watch something that you find uplifting and allow yourself to zone out from what’s going on in the world. Some suggestions include The Good Place and Brooklyn 99 on Netflix, or The Bold Type and Family Guy on Stan.
YouTube is a great option too, plus we’ve put together this collection of different relaxing videos
that are sure to help you chill out. If reading is more your thing, go
to your bookshelf and choose an old favourite or something you’ve been
meaning to get to for a while, or if you don’t have physical books then
e-books are a great option.
Have you wanted to get into drawing or learning a musical instrument?
Now’s a great time to make a start. If you want to learn a new
is an awesome free language learning program you can access from your
computer or phone. YouTube has great free online tutorials for pretty
Sometimes things can get overwhelming, even if you’ve been practising self-care. As most people will be physically distancing or self-isolating a great option is telephone and online services. Lifeline (13 11 14) and Kids Helpline (1800 55 1800) can be accessed for phone and online counselling, with Lifeline phone counsellors on call from 7 pm to midnight, and Kids Helpline available 24/7. Eheadspace also offers free online and telephone support and counselling.
If it’s available to you, you could consider seeing your GP or mental health professional for extra help (but make sure to follow the advice of Healthdirect if you’re showing symptoms or are in self-isolation). You could also ask your mental health professional if they could chat over Skype/FaceTime if you’re in self-isolation.
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