Your emotional and mental wellbeing is extremely important.
It is normal to feel stressed or lonely when self-isolating.
There are some things you can do to improve your sense of well-being.
Even if you are not sick you may be feeling anxious about COVID-19. This is normal.
Reach out to your usual supports – family and whanau, friends and workmates. Sharing how we feel and offering support to others is important. You may need to be creative with regard to how you do this safely.
We also recommend sticking to a routine such as having regular mealtimes, bed-times and exercising.
Spend time in places that feel safe and comfortable as much as possible.
Tell yourself that how you are feeling is a normal reaction and will pass – it’s nothing to be afraid of.
Keep active – doing usual leisure activities, walking in your garden and keep in contact with friends can improve general wellbeing and help distract from distressing feelings.
If you feel you are not coping, it is important to talk with a health professional. For support with grief, anxiety, distress or mental wellbeing, you can call or text 1737 – free, anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – to talk with a trained counsellor.
For further resources: www.covid19.govt.nz
(the above information has come from this website)
Let us consider how we might spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together (though in different form), as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another.
Rev. Faye Davenport, RN