As a nation, as a community and as individuals we are facing an extraordinary time – with many of us feeling unsettled and uncertain as we work together to stop the spread of COVID-19. Our mental health is equally as important as our physical health during this time. While we are keeping physically distant, it is more important than ever that we remain socially and emotionally connected. Knowing that others are sharing similar experiences can be helpful in how we cope as individuals.
One of the benefits of living in a Strata property is that you are part of a community. It is important that during these times we come together and offer a helping hand to our neighbours and those in our community.
During this time, it is important that you are doing things that can assist you, your friends and family to cope and maintain good mental health.
Tips you can implement:
Maintain a healthy lifestyle
- Set up a daily routine. Plan activities that you enjoy such as movies or reading.
- It is important to stay active – there are many online resources that give tips for exercising at home and many online classes available.
- Healthy eating – continue to prep and plan your meals as though you would on a normal workday.
- Stay connected with your friends, family and colleagues by phone call or video call.
- It is important to remember that this will pass and things will return to normal.
- Be kind to yourself and others during this time.
This is an overwhelming time for many people. If you are struggling contact support services by clicking here.
With the recent announcement by the government that gyms must temporarily close their doors, it is important to maintain physical activity.
If your struggling for ideas we have shared some popular alternatives below:
Join online classes
- Many gyms and dance classes have gone virtual. If you struggle to stay motivated to exercise on your own, this is a great alternative. You still get the sense of community from the comfort of your own home. Many gyms are offering these services free of charge.
YouTube is another great resource for finding fitness videos that you can join along to.
- Although you may not have weights and machinery in your home, there are alternatives. Filled water bottles and other household items can be a great dupe for weights.
- Go solo and take your workout outdoors. Go for runs, walks, jogs or do your stretches and other exercises outdoor. Don’t forget to practice social distancing.
Working from Home
Due to the social distancing regulations that have been implemented by the Australian government, many people have began to work from home to minimise the amount of people they come in contact with.
Below are some top tips for working from home:
- Create a space that’s used only for work that you can leave once you log off
- Get into a morning routine – whether it’s a home workout or making a coffee, start your day off with a non-work related activity
- Communicate frequently with your colleagues
- Don’t forget to eat & hydrate – meal prepping doesn’t have to stop – having a dedicated lunch hour will also help
- Minimise distractions – set screen time restrictions on your mobile to limit your social media usage or turn off notifications during work hours
- Background noise – being home alone, can get lonely. Playing a podcast or some music in the background can help create ambience
- Maintain work-life balance – keep your regular work hours and routine and log off at the end of the day
Schooling from Home
Many schools are advising for children to stay home from school to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Below are some tips for parents and guardians for home schooling during the pandemic:
- Create a timetable
- Separate your work area from your child’s work area
- Team teach with other parents
BCCM COVID-19 FAQs