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Our Top Lockdown Self-Care Tips

18 August, 2021

Being in a lockdown is a necessary measure to limit the spread of COVID-19 and keep us as safe as possible, but it can be a very stressful and overwhelming time. It is important, now more than ever, to make sure we take the time to manage our stress and support our mental and physical health. Focus Care has compiled a list of our top self-care tips, all of which can be done easily and safely. 

Limit your time watching the news

Limit the amount of time that you spend watching, reading and listening to news stories and social media.  We are surrounded by media coverage on the pandemic and hearing about it constantly can be too much, and can result in overwhelming negative feelings.

Try to surround yourself with positive headlines instead. The Good News Network is a site dedicated to providing readers with uplifting stories, updated daily.

Use technology to stay in contact

Use technology to stay in contact with the important people and relationships in your life.  Connecting with people you trust can help you have a sense of belonging and purpose. 

Using video calling platforms such as Google Meet, Zoom, or FaceTime can help you see and hear your loved ones, helping pass the time by engaging in real conversation.

Take care of your body

Take care of your body.  Try to eat healthy food, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep and avoid excessive alcohol, tobacco and substance use.  Your physical health is linked to your mental health, and positive physical health can promote positive mental health.

One way you can stay healthy and pass the time productively is by learning how to cook healthy, sustaining meals, all from the comfort of your home. Jamie Oliver has a page on his website dedicated to healthy meals that are perfect for beginners. 

Make time to unwind and relax

Continue with activities that you can still do, such as going for a walk, gardening, reading, cooking, watching a movie, or calling a friend.

Ask for help if you need to

If you are feeling stressed due to your work with Focus Care, contact us and ask to speak with a relevant Head Office staff member, and we will assist you.

You can also call the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) on 1800 818 728.  The EAP is a confidential counselling support and advice hotline that Focus Care has joined, which our team are able to use whenever they need.

If you, or someone you know, is experiencing a crisis and it is an emergency, call 000.  If you need help and it is not a crisis, contact your GP or call one of the many helplines such as:

Lifeline 13 11 14

Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467

Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800

Mensline Australia 1300 78 99 78

Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636

If you have any questions or queries, or need to talk to someone at Head Office, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.

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