Stressful events such as COVID-19 can cause feelings of worry and unease especially when there are high levels of uncertainty involved.
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It is completely normal to have feelings such as these however it is also important to learn to manage our stress before it leads to greater anxiety and fear.
Increased anxiety can also impact our immune system which we need to keep strong at this time1.
So how can we manage our stress?
Following are some tips which might help:
If you or someone else is in immediate danger, call 000 or go to your nearest hospital emergency department.
If you are feeling overwhelmed or anxious about the COVID-19 pandemic, or are having difficulty managing self-isolation or quarantine, Lifeline is available for mental health support.
Other telephone support services
Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) - contact me, your local RAMHP Coordinator, on 0427460430 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. I am not a clinician but I can help link you to services in our area.
Or head to the RAMHP website for information and helpful resources at www.ramhp.com.au
1. McLeod, S.A (2010. Stress, illness and the immune system.
Simply psychology: https://www.simplypsychology.org/stress-immune.html
Keep loved ones that need to be far due to COVID-19 close to you by connecting with them virtually or by phone.
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