During this time, it is important to prioritise your emotional and physical health and wellbeing as well as your family’s. The analogy of putting on your own oxygen mask first is a good one, as you can only take care of others if you are well yourself. Here are some tips for physical and mental wellbeing.
Remember that all ECU staff have access to free confidential counselling for themselves and immediate family. You can also access a wealth of health information on ECU’s Live Life Longer staff health and wellness portal. Register at www.ecu.edu.au/livelifelonger
Our wellness portal partners Healthlogix have also set up a new site Wellbeing in the time of COVID-19 with tips for body and mind.
Keeping to your daily routine can have a positive impact on your feelings and mood. Having a healthy routine can have a positive impact on your body and thoughts and feelings. This can include: eating healthy meals that will boost your immune system, physical exercise like walking, running or stretching, getting enough sleep, and doing things you enjoy.
It's normal to not feel OK in unsettling times such as these. Watching and listening to media and social media coverage can be confronting and confusing. In situations that are uncertain and evolving, it's understandable to feel stressed, anxious, or upset. Allow yourself time to notice and express what you're feeling. This could be by writing them down in a journal, talking to others, doing something creative, practising meditation or mindfulness.
It is now even more important that we all promote a sense of community, reach out and ask our friends, family and colleagues, Are you OK?. Receiving support and care from others has a powerful effect on helping us cope with challenges.
Focusing on the present moment, free from judgement or distraction is a useful skill to develop and has been shown to have many health benefits, Treat yourself with kindness and self-compassion during these times and show compassion to others. Join a new 30-min weekly mindfulness session online every Thursday until 11 June at 12.30 via this zoom link. More info
During this time, why not learn new skills to help with your wellbeing. Here’s a few options to try: daily 15-minute meditation: Body scan; learn Tai Chi; explore your creativity; or sign up for self-paced lifestyle programs Eat Well Be Well or Less Stress for Life through the ECU staff wellness portal, my resources section.
Be sure to seek out appropriate professional assistance if you have concerns about your mental or emotional wellbeing. All staff have access to free confidential counselling for themselves and immediate family through the Employee Assistance Program . Further general information on looking after your mental health during the COVID-19 outbreak is available from Beyond Blue and WA Mental Health Commission.
All staff wellness on-campus activities have been postponed at this time in line with social distancing recommendations and we are looking at ways to deliver more online.
See the What's On webpage for all online self-paced lifestyle programs available on the Live Life Longer wellness portal.
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