Written by Madeleine Jensen

Administration Manager – BREED Australia

We are all at our most productive when we are feeling inspired and invigorated – however with the current situation, it can be difficult to remain in a positive mindset. Many people have lost their jobs, or remain uncertain about the future of their business.

With so many changes occurring, it’s especially important to prioritise your mental health. Depression and anxiety during this time is common and can be hard to tackle, however there are ways to cope.

It’s not easy when you can’t see friends and family in person, especially when there are events like birthdays you’re used to celebrating together. However, you can still keep up communication with them – apps like Facetime and Zoom make it simpler than ever to video chat with your loved ones. Personally, I’ve found myself talking to family members and friends even more than I did before through these apps.

Exercise can also be helpful, even if it’s just a walk around the block. You might even want to go a step further and step up some indoor exercise equipment, or even something as simple as a yoga mat. Keeping your body healthy can also be a way to keep your mind healthy.

If you’re feeling up to it, learning new skills can be fun and useful, especially if you have a reduced workload. In this time, I’ve spent my weekends managing to pick up roller skating and learning how to do various braids. It can be easy as a Youtube tutorial! TAFE NSW is also offering a selection of fee-free courses during this time

If you’re feeling incredibly overwhelmed and don’t know who to talk to, you can always get in touch with organisations such as Lifeline (13 11 14) or Beyond Blue (1300 224 636). These services are in place to help you, especially in times of crisis and uncertainty. Never be afraid to reach out if you need help and support.