COVID-19 & Mental Health - Outdoors Great Southern

COVID-19 & Mental Health

Here are some tips to help with self-isolation and social distancing:
  1. Move more – Get out in your garden, go for a walk or bike ride. Fresh air and sunshine will help build up your immune system. If you have to self-isolate, exercise at home indoors. You don’t need a home gym to exercise. Youtube has every form of exercise that can be done in front of your TV!
  2. Be in the moment – Meditate, do breathing exercises or do something creative that allows you to feel joy. Youtube has some fantastic channels, find a podcast or a Spotify playlist that helps you be in the moment.
  3. Tidy and organise – do things that you have been putting off because you just haven’t had the time. Make to do lists of things you can control.
  4. Stay connected – Check in on family and friends, use platforms like Skype, Zoom, Messenger and What’s App to do the face to face contact. Phone calls and emails are good but seeing the person who you are talking to is more important.
  5. Find novel ways to connect – make a time to watch the same show at the same time with a group of friends and message each other like Goggle Box: be alone together.
  6. Share highlights – find one highlight in your day and share with family and friends – you could have a theme each day.
  7. Avoid bad habits – try to minimise media consumption and numbing practices such as excessive alcohol consumption.

Stay healthy, remain positive, and get outdoors.