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Looking after your mental health during lockdown - 28/05/2021 :: 30/06/2021


There are things you can do to take care of your mental health and wellbeing.


Look after your physical health

Exercising and eating well help us stay physically and mentally healthy. Read more about how you can stay physically active while following physical distancing rules, and find tips on eating well at home.

Getting a good night’s sleep is a really important part of staying healthy. If you’re finding it hard to get to sleep, these tips might help.

Stay connected

Maintaining social connections is important to feeling safe and well.

You can still keep in touch with family and friends while you practise physical distancing through:

  • video chats
  • phone calls
  • online groups
  • chats with neighbours while keeping 1.5 metres apart

Develop new routines

We’re used to having routines to guide our days and give us a sense of achievement. When so much seems out of our control, establishing some structure in our days will help to provide stability and a ‘new normal’.

This is particularly challenging for families adjusting to home learning. Try to create new routines as a family to help separate ‘work and school time’ and ‘family time’.

Think about the parts of your usual routine you value the most and find ways to make these part of your day — such as having lunch with colleagues via video chat, or finding an online gym class.

Take breaks

Be kind to yourself and take time just for you, even if it is just a few minutes to take some deep breaths and step outside into the fresh air.

Plan your breaks and use them to do something that makes you feel calm and happy.

Reach out to others

Some people are particularly vulnerable for different reasons. They may be older, live on their own, have a chronic medical condition, or live in a challenging home situation.

Reaching out to give people support, if you are able, can help your mental wellbeing and make a big difference to someone else’s life.

Seek support

It’s normal to have ups and downs, and it is important to talk about how you’re feeling with family and friends. In times like these, they are likely experiencing similar feelings.

If you want to talk to someone else, but aren’t sure where to start, there are lots of great online and phone chat support services available. You can also reach out to MHFA's National Mental Health Helpline on 1300 643 287.

But if you are feeling anxious or depressed for an extended period, see a health professional.

Doctors and other health care providers such as psychologists are consulting via video or phone. Find out more about telehealth options.

Stay safe! 

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