BLUFThis article offers suggestions from psychologists on how to deal with yet another COVID lockdown.
Many Australians have gone into yet another COVID-19 lockdown. With each new lockdown, concerns arise for the mental health of those affected. This ABC News article includes some strategies from psychologists to help people better cope with the stress of lockdown as follows:
- Focus on what you can control—not on the things you can’t. This includes staying in touch with those you care about and keeping up some form of exercise, including deep breathing exercises which help calm nerves.
- Take breaks from news and technology. While it’s important to keep up to date with what’s happening, a constant bombardment of bad news will work against you trying to stay positive.
- Remember, you’re not alone—that’s important. Psychologists say that feeling connected is important for our mental health, and we should reach out to those we care about
- If you’re struggling, get in touch with your GP or psychologist.
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