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COVID-19 resources: Wellbeing

How to look after yourself, your family and friends during a pandemic. Initially compiled by Lindy Roberts AM on 16 March 2020. Last updated 31 March 2020.

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5 ways to manage your news consumption in times of crisis

  1. Switch off (check news 2-3 times per day not constantly)
  2. Dive deep (constructive articles)
  3. Connect but avoid dubious and unfiltered information (use social media wisely for connection and good sources)
  4. Interrogate sources of information
  5. Be mindful and use the crisis to build your media literacy.

8 tips to looking after your mental health

  1. Ensure accurate information from legitimate sources
  2. Set limits around news on COVID-19
  3. Look after yourself (things you can control, routine, your basic needs, prioritise wellbeing)
  4. Reach out to others & support those around you
  5. Maintain a sense of hope and positive thinking (this will pass, there is always help available)
  6. Acknowledge your feelings
  7. Take time to talk with your children (and non-medical family/friends) about the outbreak
  8. Ask for professional support if needed.

How to talk to kids about coronavirus

  1. Ask open questions and listen
  2. Be honest: explain the truth in a child-friendly way
  3. Show them how to protect themselves and their friends
  4. Offer reassurance
  5. Check if they are experiencing or spreading stigma
  6. Look for the helpers
  7. Look after yourself
  8. Close conversations with care.

Managing distress during COVID19

This series of weekly video presentations provides information about the nature of distress and strategies for coping with distress during the pandemic. Developed by Claire Ashton-James on behalf of the Royal North Shore Hospital Wellbeing Group, the presentations are short and digestible, and build upon one another.

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