Maintaining Emotional and Mental Wellbeing

It is normal to feel stressed and anxious about this uncertain situation. That is why we have put together some information from the Australian Red Cross to ensure you maintain not only your wellbeing during this difficult time but also the wellbeing of your family, friends and neighbours.

Tips to Maintain Your Wellbeing

Here are four tips put together by the Australian Red Cross to help you maintain your wellbeing during this difficult time.

  1. Talk to people you trust. Set up regular check-ins with friends and family, especially if you are self-isolating.
  2. Maintain a healthy lifestyle, including a good diet, sleep and exercise. Why not join in one of our Facebook Live yoga and chair yoga sessions.
  3. Try to keep perspective. Remind yourself the world will keep turning and the sun will come up. You could try sharing three gratitudes at the end of each day with your loved ones.
  4. If you feel overwhelmed, it is okay to ask for help. Talk to a health workers or counsellor.

Tips to Support Children

With schools ending, earlier than expected your little ones at home might be feeling a little distressed, worried and confused. Here are some tips from the Australian Red Cross to assist you in helping your child navigate this uncertain situation.

  1. When speaking to children about what is happening be real and explain what adults are feeling and doing. Children can usually already see this for themselves.
  2. Keep updating them and explaining what is happening in simple words so they can understand it.

If children are experiencing distress:

  • Explain what you are doing to keep them safe, show how your knowledge helps meet the threat.
  • Get them to talk about what they think might happen and correct any wrong ideas.
  • Reassure them that they are brave, will manage well and you are confident in them.
  • Show affection and comfort them when they are upset.

Helping and Supporting Others

Although you cannot physically spend time with your friends and family during this uncertain time, there are other ways to support and help the ones you love. Here are some ways to support others as recommended by the Australian Red Cross.
  1. Give them a call to check in. Help them understand the facts and how to protect themselves. This prevents misinformation and stress.
  2. Check in on your neighbour, especially if they are elderly. Leave them a note with your number so they can give you a call if they need anything or just want to have a chat because they feel overwhelmed or lonely. 
  3. Help get the elderly connected online. We often take for granted how easy it is for us to connect with others using technology but it is not that easy for everyone. If you are not sure how to help, why not give the Shire of Dardanup Library Service helpdesk a call on 9724 0470.