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Tips for staying calm, healthy, brave and together during covid-19

In terms of your physical health, the most important thing you can do is maintain basic hygiene, particularly frequently washing your hands with soap or using hand sanitiser. For your mental wellbeing, there are a number of things you can do.

  • Maintain a healthy diet, exercise and sleep regime.
  • Talk to loved ones about worries and concerns.
  • Engage in hobbies and enjoyable activities.
  • Be prepared – ensure you have enough food, supplies and medication on hand. Ask for help collecting these items where possible.
  • Avoid or reduce your use of alcohol and tobacco.
  • You may feel stressed listening to the news, so make sure you receive information through trusted and credible sources, rather than social media. Make sure one of those sources is specific to your state. This will help you feel more in control.

Staying positive

While it might feel like we don’t have control of current events, it’s important to remember that we can do many things to feel empowered and enabled.

Find opportunities of sharing positive and hopeful stories with others, generate positive emotions by sharing memories, and take the opportunity to show acts of kindness.

Staying connected

It’s important to stay connected with friends and family at this time to reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation.

For older Australians, now might be the time to embrace technology. Younger family members can help you get set up and guide you through the process. Give it a go!

If you are more comfortable with the phone, call friends and family for regular catch-ups.

You could even write notes or letters.

Next Practice Prahran continues to stay open to the community for any of your healthcare needs. Book here.

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