People are afraid, rightfully so, however this is not serving our physical, mental or emotional health. Try not to fuel your own or other people’s fears by spreading and consuming too much information.
Make sure what you do share and consume is from rock-solid sources that provide helpful tips and a clear understanding of the virus.
COVID-19 has confronted us with the reality that we cannot always control events and behaviours around us. However, this is also a really important time to remember what we can control – one of those things is what we feed our minds.
You will feel more empowered if your aim is to really understand the virus and what can be done to limit the spread.
The collective consciousness is under attack right now – not just our physical health. Our mental health needs to be addressed also.
The reality is the psychological impacts will still be healing well after the virus passes, so don’t forget to take care of your and your loved ones’ mental health.
So what should I be doing to help others? Here’s my top 5 tips:
- Stay SAFE! Make sure you are safe from the virus by following all the department of health guidelines. Hygiene, hand-washing protection, and social distancing etc. You cannot help others if you become the risk. Put the oxygen mask on you first!
2. Get properly informed. We need to be informed about the situation but, we are inundated with so many messages, videos etc around the current crisis, it can become confusing. Find a source you trust and stick to it! Governments have good sites for updates, so does the World Health Organisation. Here’s my top four sources for you:
- Australian Government Whatsapp Channel — Atlassian developed it. Feel free to check this out and share with as many people as you can (we want to test traffic before hard launch tomorrow). https://aus.gov.au/whatsap
- Australian Government Health Department Coronavirus (COVID-19) current situation and case numbers https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-current-situation-and-case-numbers
- World Health Organization Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Situation Dashboard https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/685d0ace521648f8a5beeeee1b9125cd
- Lastly, Here is a link to a YouTube video explaining the Science Behind the Virus. https://youtu.be/ddlRvqhGdPk
3. Limit news and take a break. Minimize your news consumption and, limit how much information you are consuming, make sure you are consuming what is relevant for you and those you are responsible for. This helps is important to guard our mental health because it empowers us with what we can do and prevents anxiety. These are two different distinctions’ that I think are important for us to have a balance of being informed (which is very important right now) and safeguarding our minds, raising our vibrancy and stay as positive as possible.
4. Writing down goals and reflections in a journal can really improve our outlook and release stress.
5. Here are few questions you can start your day with to set you on the best possible trajectory for the day.!
- What can I control in my life today?
- What am I grateful for about today?
- What am I enthusiastic about today?
- What are my 3 major goals/tasks today?
This type of education will get people to buy in to the severity of the crisis. Which I believe will be our strongest weapon against this threat!
𝓑𝓮𝓬𝓪𝓾𝓼𝓮 𝓨𝓸𝓾𝓻 𝓛𝓲𝓯𝓮 𝓢𝓱𝓸𝓾𝓵𝓭 𝓑𝓮 𝓐 𝓜𝓪𝓼𝓽𝓮𝓻 𝓟𝓲𝓮𝓬𝓮!