With the rising cases and a confirmed community spread in a few communities in Metropolitan Melbourne area, the situation looks a bit grim at this moment. Another lockdown is neither feasible nor is it recommended because of the aftermaths and the current situation prevalent in the whole country. Lockdowns not only hamper the economy they also have a very negative effect on the psyche of individuals. COVID-19 is something that we cant see or feel in real time but the impact it is having on the mental health and well being is quite profound.
These are the times when people think that they have lost their independence, their jobs, their livelihood and forcefully made to stay home. We as human beings are feeling isolated because of the social distancing norm we need to follow. Our children cannot go to school. Its more or less living on our own. This kind of a lifestyle surely has a deep rooted effect on the psyche of any human being. Lives have been turned upside down not only for common people but also for the rich and mighty.
Mental health needs to be your primary focus in these testing times since much of your physical health depends on the mental state you are in and vice versa.
First and foremost you need to have a positive outlook towards life. If you have lost your job or your livelihood and have been restricted to your home but you are reading this consider yourself lucky since many people who are suffering from this deadly virus wont be able to return back to work or see their loved ones again. Tell yourself that this is just a temporary phase and will be over in a few days / weeks / months till then you need to have patience.
You need to establish a clear routine for yourself with a focus on healthy eating, regular sleep pattern and regular exercise while not venturing out of your home to ensure your and the community’s safety. Keep an eye on the information coming in about COVID-19 from a reliable source but don’t let that information overwhelm you. Gather and give support to your friends and family – both mental and emotional. Parents need to talk clearly and calmly to their kids regarding the situation.
A few members of the community might struggle more than others during these tough times. See if it is possible for you to help them out. Help only if your means allow you to help do not risk the mental, physical and financial health of yourself and your family by going overboard to help someone.
In case you are not really feeling well mentally or emotionally and need help you can call the below mentioned numbers to seek help.
In case your situation is life threatening call (000) immediately.
Seek help from your GP
There are few agencies that might help you get out of your negative feelings by just calling them
Lifeline Australia: 13 11 14
Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636
Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467
Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800
Headspace Canberra: 02 5109 9700
MensLine Australia: 1300 78 99 78
Canberra Health Services Access Mental Health: 1800 629 354 or 02 6205 1065