Lockdowns are challenging to our mental health. It is OK to reach out for extra support.
Sydney City Psychology's psychologists can provide online video sessions during lockdown.
They've also put together a few practical tips to help support you right now:
Overcoming cabin fever
During lockdown, many of us are sitting at our computer in a dull, non-changing, home environment.
Normally, we would be working in more stimulating and dynamic environments such as the workplace or a library, or even outdoors.
The solution to defeating Covid Cabin Fever is to create change in your home environment and to make it more stimulating.
How can you change your work-from-home space to make it more dynamic, to create more of a boundary from the rest of your home, and to replicate the experience of actually being in your usual workplace?
You're learning new skills every day
Adversity requires our mind and body to adapt.
Although we didn't choose this situation, living in lockdown requires us to become flexible and, in the process, to build a whole new set of skills which will make us stronger into the future.
Every day, you are developing determination, frustration tolerance, self-discipline, self-motivation and emotion regulation strategies.
Our relationships are also tested, and we learn new ways of relating to our partners, children, friends and colleagues.
It is trial and error, but our skill set is growing.
Share the pain
Research shows that sharing pain actually reduces the intensity of pain that each person feels.
Is there someone you can contact today to chat over the phone, to remind them that they are not alone, and to share the pain that you might be experiencing together?
Accept what you can't control
Focus on your own performance and accept you cannot control the government, other people, that pesky virus, or world events.
Focus back on your own development and working towards the "new you" that is going to emerge after lockdown, like a butterfly emerging from its cocoon.
Exercise, sleep and good nutrition are essential. How can you build these factors into your daily routine?
- Online video sessions with a psychologist at Sydney City Psychology can be done anywhere. To book call (02) 9235 3127 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.