• Don Mackenzie

Coping with COVID-19

Being able to tolerate uncertainty is not an easy skill. Often our underlying anxieties and worries are made worse when world events, outside of our control, seemingly gets worse even though we are trying our best. Following government and medical advice is critical in times of infection control. We also tend to not like to change our routine, patterns and behaviours, which is why COVID-19 is so challenging to reduce transmissions.

To help, you can use the following strategies:

- Remind yourself that this is a temporary period of isolation - Remember that your effort is helping others in the community - Stay connected with friends, family and colleagues via email, social media, or phone - Engage in healthy activities that you enjoy and find relaxing - Keep regular sleep routines and eat healthy foods - Try to maintain physical activity - For those working from home, try to maintain a healthy balance by taking regular breaks - Avoid news and social media if you find it distressing

- Develop a Self-Care Plan of things you can do to maintain your health and wellbeing

- Identify helpful thinking styles that you can rely on when you are anxious or stressed

- Understand what is in your circle of control, circle of influence or circle of concern

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