ACCESS programs has provided the following helpful information to assist with managing stress and anxiety during the Covid-19 pandemic:
Responses to trauma can be extremely diverse. As Australia continues to deal with the devastation and aftermath of the drought and bushfires, we are now faced, along with the rest of the world a health crisis, COVID-19 (Coronavirus). As communities and the world came together to help those impacted by the drought and bushfires, the Coronavirus forces us into social distancing and isolation.
Either natural or man-made, a disaster creates an immense barrier on the usual functioning of society. It presents fear, anxiety, panic and stress, and it can put a strain on our mental health.
The lack of sense of control that individuals feel can be overwhelming, so take control over what you can do:
- Reduce risks and follow professional guidelines – found through the following links:
- Accept that it is normal to experience confusion, anxiety or stress to a crisis
- Talk with others – you will find by sharing you will relieve some of your stress
- Spend time with family and friends
- Draw on skills that you have used through other stressful times in your life
- Mindfulness and relaxation techniques are effective and positive interventions
- Remember seek help if you are worried
As human beings we can be resilient – this is a key aspect to positive psychology which can enhance our quality of life by being able to deal effectively with negative situations and instantly recover from negative impacts. Reach out and stay positive and remember your self-care. We are all in this together.
ACCESS programs are offering telephone appointments until the COVID-19 situation settles. Please phone them on 08 8215 6799 or 1300 66 77 00 or via ‘OurEAP’ app.