Wellbeing in the pandemic

Mental Wellbeing in the Pandemic

The level of anxiety symptoms across the community is increasing with the rise in Coronavirus cases.

Anxiety levels will continue to rise.

It is important to manage our stress before it becomes debilitating anxiety.

It is to be expected that people will experience great stress and increased anxiety symptoms due to the pandemic.

If you are having these feelings, you are not alone.

Fears about our health and the health of the people we love, fears associated with an economic downturn, conversations with the people we interact with and constant media coverage all feed anxiety levels. Social isolation can also add to everyone’s stress and anxiety. It can increase a person’s signs of depression.

Take a reality check

  • Try to keep things in perspective. Remember, that being stressed can amplify our concerns

  • Ask yourself if you are assuming a worst-case scenario?

  • Are you assuming “something bad is going to happen to me”? Are you over thinking the situation? The number of confirmed Coronavirus cases and deaths in Australia is relatively low and it is possible to reduce the chances of transmission by correct hygiene and distancing measures

  • Focus on practical measures and things you can control to minimise the risk of contracting the virus rather than wasting energy catastrophising and ruminating over worst-case scenarios

Good hygiene practices
Social distancing
  • If you are concerned about the personal financial consequences of the Coronavirus, take practical steps to minimise these effects.

  • This may include the following steps:

  • Contacting your financial advisor or a trusted friend of family member who can give you good advice

  • Contacting a financial counsellor

  • Developing a revised budget

  • Contacting your bank to request a pause on loan repayments

  • If eligible, seeking government payments

  • Drawing up a list of your options and developing a plan, rather than ruminating or catastrophising can help ease your anxiety

Seeking information

Media sources and misinformation

  • Try to limit exposure to media coverage to finding out sufficient information about how to preserve one’s health and information about retail and public space restrictions etc.

  • Avoid un-informed sources and rumours

  • Rely on reputable news coverage from organisations such as the ABC and trusted sources such as the Australian Government’s Health website or the World Health Organization’s website.