Blog: Mental wellbeing during COVID-19
The current COVID-19 pandemic has placed many challenges for people’s mental wellbeing, creating anxiety and stress. Taking care of mental health is as important to the unite and recover effort as other health and economic initiatives.
The Queensland Government has launched the Dear Mind campaign to help people build their resilience by focusing on the six building blocks of mental wellbeing.
There are six different areas (or building blocks) of mental wellbeing. Each building block helps you respond to the range of mental tasks you face every day.
- Get healthy – be active, eat well and get enough sleep
- Keep learning – challenge your mind and seek out new things
- Show kindness – give back, show gratitude and bring joy to others’ lives
- Connect more – developed relationships, stay connected and care for each other
- Take notice – be mindful, stay in the moment and experience the world around you
- Embrace nature – step outside, connect with the natural world and take care of the planet
Here are some simple things you can do to build your resilience (your ability to bounce back), and maintain a sense of control over your life to help you live in a positive and meaningful way:
- Create a new routine
- Stay connected
- Keep active
- Take care with news and information
- Look after others
- Set a positive example for children
- Keep things in perspective
- Be aware of changes in behaviour
Find out more about the Dear Mind campaign and the building blocks of mental wellbeing.
Most people will feel some distress during a crisis – this is normal.
If you’ve taken steps to support better mental wellbeing but are still feeling stressed, overwhelmed, worried, or just not like your normal self, tell someone. This might be a close family member, friend or colleague.
You can also talk to your GP or a mental health professional. This mental wellbeing Support page can help you find someone to contact.
In an emergency dial triple zero (000) for police, fire and ambulance.