Posted on 03/04/2020
It’s true – we are in uncharted waters, navigating an unprecedented event that is changing the way we live – COVID-19. As news headlines dominate our screens, it is easy for fear to overwhelm us, and for a myriad of questions to race through our minds. What will the future hold? What will the impact be on our economy? How will this impact my life? Will I and my loved ones be OK?
These questions are natural and normal to ponder, and we need to make sure we stay positive during this time of uncertainty. So how do we do this?
Stay connected to others – embrace technology
Right now, social distancing is paramount and is key to slowing the rate and spread of Coronavirus cases. The downside to social distancing can be feelings of isolation and loneliness.
There has never been a more important time to reach out and check in with people in your life, especially those who may be facing employment uncertainty, who are at-risk, or who may be older or immobile.
By embracing technology and connecting with your family and friends digitally, via phone, Skype, social media or even new apps like House Party can help ensure your loved ones continue to feel attached and supported.
Get your information from credible sources only
There is so much Coronavirus information racing around right now – some is true, but a lot is not. Everyone seems to have their own opinion about how things will pan out, but often opinions are expressed in fear, distress and anxiety. It is important that we don’t get carried away with negative, unsubstantiated news about what the future may hold.
Practice strategies to keep positive!
If you’re feeling anxious, you’re not alone. There has never been a better time to practice selfcare and wellbeing strategies to manage the emotional impact of the current crisis. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Even though we have social distancing measures, it is important that you still go outside, get some fresh air and exercise regularly, even if it’s in your own backyard.
Practice simple mindfulness techniques
These can be as simple as deep breathing for one minute, stretching mindfully, or simply taking some time out to enjoy a quiet cup of coffee. You may even like to try an app such as Headspace to access short mindfulness meditations.
Gratitude has been found to increase happiness if done consistently. Simply write down 5 things you are grateful for each day and see what positive emotions manifest long term.
Get plenty of sleep to keep you revitalised and resilient
Sleep lowers your stress hormones and boosts your immune system which is critical in the current environment.
The current situation may be challenging, but we live in an incredible country and we will get through this together.
Statewide Super is here for our members, employers and staff through this time. Please contact us on 1300 65 18 65 should you require any information about your super account or the new superannuation measures announced by the Australian Government to support individuals throughout this time.
To be kept informed about how Statewide Super is working for our members, visit our dedicated Coronavirus webpage here.