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- Taking a moment to think about what you and the rest of humanity are experiencing
- Be curious about the thoughts that you have
- Be aware that you can control and regulate your emotions and body sensations
- Take the opportunity to practice accepting uncertainty
- Take heart that you are contributing to keeping yourself and others safe by practicing physical distancing, washing and drying your hands well and staying home
- Connect with yourself and others
- Stay well, safe and be kind to yourself and others
COVID-19 Specific Information
Accurate and official information about COVID-19
It is essential that information about COVID-19 is sourced from reputable places. Facebook and other platforms or chatrooms do not provide accurate information and can fuel anxiety. Limit interaction of these platforms.
The impact on mental health of COVID-19 and measures to prevent spread
For some this is an opportunity to be with those in their bubble, to get things done or to just rest and catch up. For many the uncertainty of these times are proving challenging and managing the day to day challenges of loneliness, dealing with housebound children and having to navigate relationships and expectations of ourselves and others.
It is important to recognise that many of the uncomfortable feelings you may be having are a normal response to abnormal circumstances. People will all respond differently to being at home and unable to go about daily life as normal. We cannot control what is happening but each of us can choose how to respond to our circumstances and the emotions and physical sensations that arise in our bodies.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy approach to COVID19
https://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/get-help/covid-19/ There are some practical tips on how to get through
For guided workbooks with practical tips and strategies visit This Way Up.
If you have difficulty tolerating distress, learning some distress tolerance skills, distress tolerance skills will be helpful. All the numbers below are for New Zealand only.
Focus on wellbeing, what you do have and the greater good to become more resilient and come through this difficult time.
An article on how to protect your mental health from the BBC
Keeping things clean
There are a range of self-help strategies, tips and techniques for learning to soothe our distress, anxiety and sense of being overwhelmed. A list of simple strategies to manage stress can be found here. These include some resources for children and parents and some for managing self-isolation.
The School of Life has some interesting videos on a range of topics about every-day life issues and The Guardian has compiled a list of music to listen to.
If you are struggling to sleep you can go to sleep radio or try the Headspace sleep programme
Mindfulness and Meditation
Learning how to be more present is very helpful in times of uncertainty. There are some apps, talks and courses to introduce you to the practice of mindfulness. It is simple but it certainly isn’t easy! The idea is not to have an empty mind but rather to be more aware of what is going on so you can decide what you will pay attention to.
Free online meditation resources can be found by clicking this link or those from Sounds True, Headspace, Stop Breathe Think (also has children’s section) and Mrs Mindfulness
Fitness and Sport
There are a range of online workouts you can do
Activities to access from home
Chatterpack seems to cover a great deal from music, art, learning, virtual tours and specific COVID-19 info. This includes art, culture, music, zoos, farm trips and online courses. Some of this information is repeated below in specific categories.
Please note that some of these resources are from other countries, so it is important to remember to follow the New Zealand Government’s advice on how to manage COVID-19
I hope you find some things that interest you and maybe discover a few new interests.
Online / Virtual Event including Art, Music, Opera, Movies and online courses:
Theatre, Film etc
Books – online reading
We all know that a sense of humour is essential in times like this can be found on iHeart or eventfinda
Museums and Art Galleries:
Podcasts and Radio
iHeart Radio, Radio NZ, ABC Australia, BBC and NPR as well as Ted Talks from NZ around the world
Learn a Language
Starting to learn a different language for fun (older children and adults) using Duolingo, Preply and Italki
Courses (many are free)
Coursera, Classcentral and Future learn have many different courses, many of which are free
Animals, Nature and Children
- Volunteering Hawke’s Bay may have opportunities but you should check what is possible at Level 4
- Be my eyes connects sighted people with blind and low vision people to offer virtual assistance with day to day things
- Join UN volunteers to volunteer online services
If you are able to, do consider donating to some of these organisations who like us are just trying to stay afloat