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10 Mental Health Tips for Surviving Melbourne’s 2nd Lockdown.

I keep hearing people say: “Another 6 weeks” with raised eyebrows and a lot of disappointment so I thought I would share with you my top 10 Mental Health Tips for Surviving Melbourne’s 2nd Lockdown. I am sure these will be able to make a difference to get you and those around you through this Lockdown 2.0.

(1) Establish a Morning Routine:

First thing in the morning is to shower and get dressed, PJ’s although comfortable do not help with your mental health during this time, just because the workplace can’t see you, it’s about how you feel about yourself when you are performing work duties or if you are looking for a new job or if you are homeschooling. Even if you change into activewear it’s going to be better for you and your mental health. It might also instigate exercise if that is not normally your thing. Limit PJ days to Sunday.

(2) Just because you’re in lockdown doesn’t mean your thoughts have to be:

The answer Journaling, I always like to meditate then journal as it makes for better journaling but really it doesn’t matter. I currently have been picking up my journal many times throughout the day to stop thoughts going round and round. It doesn’t matter what you write about or when you do it as long as you download your chatter, you will find it ensures a different outlook. Getting it on the page gets it out of your head and you may even find it turns into quality information for you in your current life.

(3) Do something positive:

Find the gratitude and the appreciation, write down a minimum of 3 things daily. Set the challenge every day and don’t just write it or say it actually feel it or do something for someone else that is generous of heart. It will warm yours and theirs. Ensuring each day is a little better.

(4) Movement:

Ensure you walk, dance, vacuum or do some exercise daily. It gets you some fresh air or moves the energy around you making for a clearer mind and environment. It also ensures you are taking care of your physical health. If the weather isn’t that great I like to put on some music and have a dance, this is a great one to do with the kids as well to expel some energy.

(5) Binge TV is not the answer:

You have a minimum of 6 weeks, set your self to a task and complete it or at least move it along. Even if it is just setting an intention for each day and getting it done. You will feel like you have accomplished something. For those working from home try a different approach by making yourself an intention that isn’t work-related to give you something other than your work to do. Mix it up. If you are just working all day in the same place, its good to stimulate your brain with something else once you have finished, even if it’s cooking a new dish for dinner or making something creative make sure you give yourself some time to explore this, plus it’s great for the kids to get into as well.

(6) If you are struggling financially please remember to seek help: 

Don’t let it fester, there is nothing to be ashamed of. There are always options even when you feel like there are none. The government website has plenty of places you can turn to for help. https://moneysmart.gov.au/managing-debt/urgent-help-with-money

(7) Connect with your children on a different level:

Those with children at home remember you will never get back this time you are sharing. This hopefully is a once in a lifetime experience so make the most of it. When they are on your nerves take the biggest deep breath and ask is this reaction a commitment to my heart and soul. I know juggling everything can be a nightmare, don’t be so hard on yourself or your kids. Do your best to find the gratitude in your scenario and don’t compare yourself to others, everyone’s circumstances are different, connect with your child and not the idea of what your think your child should be.

(8) Connecting to others in the COVID-19 way:

Find a walking buddy and keep your distance 1.5m. Those who don’t have access to a buddy but need that connection ensure you connect with people around you via phone, online, email or good old-fashioned post. The joy of getting old-school post that isn’t a bill is something I know a lot of people appreciate as it shows you have taken the time to care. If you find yourself without that possibility then even when you are out and about getting essentials or exercising ensure you give a smile to those around you. It makes all the difference to your day and theirs.

(9) Get Perspective:

If you are safe in your home without COVID-19 trust it is the best place for you and your family. This is not imprisonment it’s survival.

(10) Consider your self-talk during this time:

Work on one belief a day that really isn’t serving you and your heart and soul. There are various topics you can address; self-worth, money beliefs, work beliefs, general negativity that you need to work through. If you need some help with working through beliefs contact Eiran to book an online session.

And remember this, most peoples biggest fear is that they won’t be able to deal with what is thrown at them but I like to believe in your resilience and courage that ensures that you can!

We are in this together.

If you liked Eiran’s top 10 Mental Health Tips for Surviving Melbourne’s 2nd Lockdown and need further support,  contact Eiran eiran@openforlife.com.au for more information about her Coaching Services.

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