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How to look after yourself and others during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis

06 April 2020

The COVID-19 virus remains at the forefront of everyone’s minds, and the rapidly-changing environment is overwhelming for so many. With the saturation of COVID-19 in the news, on social media and in everyday conversation, we may feel heightened levels of anxiety and depression.

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It’s as important as ever to be kind to yourself and others. Try to limit how often you spend thinking, talking and worrying about the virus.

Follow these simple steps:

  • Allocate a set period of time each day (a few minutes or no more than half an hour) to review information on the virus or watching only one news bulletin daily.
  • Consult reliable sources of information only (the Department of Health and Human Services is providing up-to-date and official health advice for Victorians)
  • Limit your exposure to social media
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If you are finding it hard to focus on anything else, try to:

  • Say to yourself:
    • I acknowledge the seriousness of the issue
    • I am doing everything in my power to help

 

  • Do things that support your wellbeing and help others to stay positive:
    • Eat healthy meals
    • Exercise
    • Call a friend and help them to focus on their health
    • Donate food and other goods
    • Shop local
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  • Reach out when you need help:
    • Call, message or video chat with loved ones
    • Phone helplines like beyondblue (1300 22 4636) or Lifeline (13 11 14)
    • Contact Latrobe Community Health Service for over-the-phone support related to your mental wellbeing, financial and gambling problems, family violence and alcohol and other drug use. Phone 1800 242 696.

It is OK to rest knowing – by keeping your physical distance and maintaining good hygiene practices – you are doing everything that is required of you and in your control.

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