Health & Wellbeing

Make a mental note to take care of your mental health and wellbeing

By focusing on the small things that you can do every day, you can give yourself an energy boost and a sense of routine.

And that is exactly what Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) Disaster Recovery Team Leader Steve Carrigg, is encouraging residents to do.

As the current Covid-19 outbreak continues to develop, Mr Carrigg is offering some simple tips to keep your mental health and wellbeing on track.

More importantly, he is also reminding residents that help is always available to support mental and physical health during these challenging times.

Some of Mr Carrigg’s suggestions include waking up every day at the same time, doing some exercise for 30 minutes, ideally outside if it is permitted, and turning off your smartphones at mealtimes.

“It’s important to make time to do something for yourself like reading a book, playing a game that you love, or making time for a hobby,” he said encouragingly.

“It’s also important to be kind to yourself if you find you don’t have the energy to do all the things you’d usually do.

“We’re all dealing with a lot of pressure, and it’s normal for people not to feel like their usual best.”

Mr Carrigg also recommends limiting your exposure to social media.

“Try to make that a small part of your day rather than a large part,” he said.

“And if you are struggling and you need to talk, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14, Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800, or visit Beyond Blue

“If you are living with a mental health condition, or you provide care to someone with a mental health condition, please call the NSW Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511 to connect with specialist mental health services.”

Following the extension of the current stay-at-home orders in regional NSW until September 10, Mr Carrigg is encouraging residents in the NNSWLHD to reach out to available services for additional support if necessary.