Whether you are in quarantine due to suspected exposure to the coronavirus or complying to strict social distancing rules in order to help prevent the spread of the virus, you may well be faced with feelings of loneliness, anxiety, stress and an overall change in your usual positive and happy mood.
Looking after your mental health during this time is so important for your sanity and well-being and although it is easy for people to tell you to ‘calm down’ or ‘don’t worry, it’s going to be fine’, this is sometimes easier said than done. For this reason, the team at Brix Projects have put together a list of 5 activities to distract you and help maintain a healthy mind and body.
Make sure you stay in touch with friends, family and work colleagues over the phone or via video chat. Social distancing does not mean you have to lose connection with those that are closest to you and who could help lift your mood. If you are away from home, try organising a group chat with family members overseas at a time that suits everyone. Virtual house parties are a fun way to keep in touch with friends and continue the tradition of after work drinks on a Friday!
Exercise at home
A lack of physical activity can lead to increased anxiety and stress levels, especially if you are normally an avid gym goer or regularly play sports. Try a home workout, there are plenty of free workout videos on line that you can follow as and when you have time. Alternatively, go for a run or bike ride to stay active and enjoy some fresh air.
Don’t allow boredom to take over, start reading a new book, play a game with family members or even embark on that home renovation task you’ve been saying you’ll make a start on for months. If you are unable to leave your home, do some research on-line and read up on topics that interest you or even download the audible app. Just because you’re at home also doesn’t mean you can’t stick to a schedule. Start each day with a plan, keep a daily diary about how you are feeling and what you are doing.
Avoid excessive exposure to social media and news updates
Although it is important to stay informed, you don’t want to feed your anxiety and fear by constantly hearing about the coronavirus. Instead of checking your phone or television for breaking news every hour, you could set times during the day to check for important updates.
Make a list of organisations that can help
Create a list of community organisations that you could reach out to if you are feeling down or if you simply want to get information from trusted sources. State and Local governments are also setting up resource lists for those affected by COVID-19. Here’s a few that we thought might be useful to you
During this time MATES in construction are continuing to provide support 24/7 on 1300 642 111.
If you are a client you can download a MATES in construction COVID-19 poster here that lists useful tips on coping with stress to print for site use or circulate to your team
With the uncertain times ahead we should all be supporting each other, so if you need anything please get in touch. Brix Projects are here for anyone who may be looking for employment and for our clients still looking to fill integral roles.
Get in touch today on 1800 621 066 to speak to a team member. Our office is open and we would love to hear from you.
Keep washing your hands, listen to all advice and stay safe!