Some Tips to Take Care of Your Mental Health During Lockdown
Words by Gabrielle Zgrajewski.
As a creative, self isolation can be a scary thing when gigs are getting taken from under you, and you’re losing income quickly. To keep on top of the current affairs around us, it is really important to take some time for self care and look after your mental health. Unplug from the world for a little bit and take a break from your phone or the news. Here is a list of things that may help you take some time out and reduce any stress or anxiety:
Outdoors: because social distancing doesn’t mean you have to stay inside
Take yourself for a walk around the block or to a park
Meditate or try some yoga in the sun
Do some gardening
Inside: for when it’s a bit too warm or a bit too cold
Start journaling (whether you have a notebook sitting around or write online)
Cook a nutritious meal to make sure you’re looking after your body
Do a massive clean of your house and create a new space or redecorate to bring in new, positive energy
Find a new podcast
Pick up that book or comic you have been meaning to read
Social: to keep in touch
Call a friend / family member / other loved one to see how they are instead of texting
Write a letter and send it to someone! Snail mail is always exciting to send and receive. Include drawings, stickers, mixtapes, photos - even if it is to a friend you see daily, it will be a nice surprise for them.
Keep involved in any group chats to see how everyone is
Reach out to a friend or family member when you’re struggling
Keep up to date with your favourite artists, many right now are doing live streams and are trying to connect more with their audiences.
Help Out: to keep distracted while helping those in need (if safe to do so)
Reach out to anyone you may know that is considered a vulnerable person (disabled, elderly or immunocompromised) to see if they need help getting groceries or medication to get you out of the house
Offer to take people’s pets for a walkif they are unable to do so - pet therapy
Do shopping through local business where possible, a little bit of retail therapy in a new place may help clear the mind
We cannot stress how important it is to keep on top of your mental health and practice self care during restricting times like now. During times like these, please remember that there are people that can help you out. You can reach the Support Act on 1800 959 500 or Lifeline on 13 11 14. For any gigs you have lost, register them on the website ilostmygigaustralia.net.au.