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Volunteer wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic

Maintaining your wellbeing at this time of uncertainty is very important. Worry and feelings of unease are natural and expected during stressful events like the current COVID-19 pandemic. However, there are things we can do to manage our stress and minimise the impact on our mental health.

Tips for maintaining wellbeing

  • Stay aware and engaged – Check in on friends and family. Look out for changes to what they’re saying about how they feel or think about the situation.
  • Socially connect – Keeping our distance physically doesn’t mean you should socially isolate. Think about creative ways to check in on family and friends – for example messenger chats and virtual catch ups.
  • Maintain a routine – Whether you’re at home or working in a socially distanced workplace, try to maintain or establish a routine.
  • Relaxation time –Disconnect from media and take time to unwind from the stress of the current environment.
  • Remember your goals – Use this time to action some activities from your ‘if only I had more time’ list.
  • Look after yourself – Keep physically active, eat well and healthy, maintain sleep routines and general health.
  • Timeframe awareness – Know that our reactions to the COVID-19 restrictions will go through peaks and troughs.
  • Seek professional support if needed.

Anxiety management related to COVID-19

The tips for coping with coronavirus anxiety factsheet (PDF 118KB), developed by the Australian Psychological Society, has helpful strategies for adults and children to manage the stress and anxiety experienced as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. It includes information about precautions, necessary self-care, talking points with children, and where to seek additional support when needed.

The Australian Psychological Society website also has information on the symptoms of anxiety, tips to manage anxiety such as checking self-talk, keeping things in perspective, practising relaxation, meditation and mindfulness, the importance of looking after your health, and where to go for support when needed.

Mental health during social isolation

The maintaining your mental health during social isolation (PDF 144KB) factsheet, developed by the Australian Psychological Society, contains useful strategies to maintain mental health during this unprecedented time of social distancing and self-isolation. Key topics include avoiding difficult situations and structuring your day, tips to cope with self-isolation, helping children through self-isolation and where to seek support.

SA COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line

Phone 1800 632 753 for mental health support for people struggling with the impacts of COVID-19. It's available to people to maintain their mental health and wellbeing.

Supporting our mental health during COVID-19

#InThisTogether: Supporting our mental health during Coronavirus is a national conversation sharing practical tips online to support the health and wellbeing of Australians during COVID-19. It was developed by the Australian Government’s National Mental Health Commission with mental health organisations, experts and leaders.

Looking after your mental health during COVID-19 videos

Phoenix Australia has put together a range of videos related to the COVID-19 crisis. The videos include how to have courage and joy whilst looking after the mental health of the workforce in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Support for domestic and family violence

Domestic and family relationships come under additional stress during times of uncertainty and financial hardship.

1800 RESPECT is a national phone service offering 24/7 support to anyone impacted by or supporting people impacted by sexual assault, or domestic and family violence.

Mental illness – additional support

The Australian Government has made psychological therapy more accessible by delivering support via telehealth.

If you or your family are experiencing mental health symptoms, ask your GP for an assessment and a mental health care plan. This will entitle you to engage with a mental health clinician (psychologist or accredited social worker) for focused psychological services delivered via telehealth (videoconference or phone).

For more information and wellbeing tips, visit the Australian Government Department of Health Head to Health website.