In times like this, Mental health will play a huge part in regards to getting through times that prove impossible. At Verdé, we believe in you. Forget buying our clothing, forget our social media and hype surrounding new collections. We always said, this was bigger then fashion. This is a lifestyle, the lives of many that at the moment depend on mental health, resilience and grit through tough times! we are a family. We are here to help! we will do this together.
If you are self-isolating or distancing yourself because of all that is happening in the world with coronavirus (COVID-19), it is important to look after your mental health. From our team to yours, we share some tips that may be of benefit or help. Remember, we will get through this stay positive and stay active! we hope this helps:
1. Manage your exposure to media coverage as this can increase fear and get you feeling scared or full of anxiety. Be mindful of sources of the actual information and ensure you are accessing good quality and accurate sources. We have provided some links below of sources that we find more credible.
- Australian Department of Health – http://www.health.gov.au
- World Health Organisation – http://www.who.int
- Smart Traveller (information for Australian travellers) - https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/news-and-updates/coronavirus-covid-19
2. Take care of your body. Exercise daily & stretch Take deep breaths, stretch, each healthy and try to train / exercise daily. With gyms being forced to close, we have provided some links below of online training / classes / at home workout apps you can download to stay motivated and positive while isolating! Check these out on the app store or simply google them for more information!
- Fitbit Coach.
- Asana Rebel.
- Adidas Training and Running by Runtastic.
- Nike Training Club.
3. Managing self-isolation or quarantine There are a number of ways to support your mental health during periods of self-isolation or quarantine.
- Remind yourself that this is a temporary period of isolation to slow the spread of the virus.
- Remember that your effort is helping others in the community avoid contracting the virus.
- Stay connected with friends, family and colleagues via email, social media, video conferencing or telephone.
- Keep regular sleep routines and eat healthy foods.
- Establish routines as best possible and try to view this period as a new experience that can bring health benefits.
- For those working from home, try to maintain a healthy balance by allocating specific work hours, taking regular breaks and, if possible, establishing a dedicated work space.
4. SEEK SUPPORT in times like this there is nothing wrong with reaching out. Whether that be to a friend or a a designated hotline for assistance.It’s normal to feel overwhelmed or stressed by news of the outbreak. We encourage people who have experienced mental health issues in the past to:
- Activate your support network
- Acknowledge feelings of distress
- Seek professional support early if you’re having difficulties.
For those already managing mental health issues, continue with your treatment plan and monitor for any new symptoms.
Social contact and maintaining routines can be supportive for our mental health and wellbeing. In circumstances where this is not possible, staying connected with friends and family online or by phone may assist.
Acknowledge feelings of distress and seek further professional support if required.