COVID-19 self-care tips

A pandemic like COVID-19 is something most of us have never experienced before. As we are going through a period of change and uncertainty, it is perfectly normal to have feelings of stress or anxiety right now.

 

To help you maintain a healthy and positive mindset during these challenging times, we wanted to share some self-care tips with you that we should all be trying to incorporate into our daily routines…

Communication. We’re all in this together; so remember to regularly communicate how you are feeling with the people around you that you trust. Using video-calling platforms and apps like House Party, Zoom, or Skype are a few great ways to stay in touch.

Stay Positive. Try to focus on the things you are grateful for. It can be helpful to make a list and look at it every now and then as a reminder. Some great apps to help with this are Grateful: A Gratitude Journal, Day One Journal, and Reflectly.

Get outside. While we have to make sure we are keeping a safe distance from others (the Government advice at the time of writing is 1.5 metres), it’s important for your mental health to stretch your legs and get some fresh air.

Exercise. Exercising is great for your health, and releases endorphins which makes you feel happier and more energised. There are plenty of great at-home workouts you can find online – for example, check out this 30-minute HIIT workout you can do with no equipment!

Keep busy. Rediscover things you enjoy doing; use this time to channel your energy into things you are passionate about! Whether it be reading, drawing or painting, music, photography or board games… work with what you have around you!

Try meditation. Meditation helps to reduce stress and anxiety. Headspace, Calm, and Aura are just a few free mindfulness apps that can help guide you through meditating if you are new to it. Alternatively, try doing yoga – check out these top 3 yoga poses for beginners!

Incorporating these activities into your day-to-day life is important and will help improve your mental well-being.

We are also here to help guide you through these tough times in any way we can, and if you have any concerns about COVID-19 and riding with Deliveroo, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Rider Support team.

Alternatively, there are a number of support phone lines that are still available if you would like to speak to someone about how you are feeling.

Beyond Blue – for anyone feeling anxious or depressed
beyondblue.org.au, 1300224636

MensLine Australia – men with emotional or relationship concerns
Mensline.org.au, 13300789978

Lifeline – anyone having a personal crisis
Lifeline.org.au, 131114

Kids Helpline – Counselling for young people aged 5-25
Kidshelpline.com.au, 1800551800