Top tips for maintaining mental health in lockdown

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Psychologists share their opinions

With Sydney lockdown extended, it's time to hear advice from accredited medical professionals. Three psychologists, who have previously assisted Melbourne residents through their lockdown, share their tips.

Make time to look after yourself

"Self-care can help you manage stress and improver your overall wellbeing. So, why not treat yourself to a nice cup of tea, order your favourite meal or watch your favourite movie." Lefteris Patlamazoglou

Keep up your physical activity

"This will not only lift your mood but also soothe physical pains that come with sedentary work. Go for a walk in your neighbourhood, practice yoga or meditation, or do some stretches." Lefteris Patlamazoglou

Communicate, communicate, communicate

This is the key to ensure that working from home is successful. Communicate when you re feeling supported but also when you are feeling challenged and need support.

Dress for work

"This psychologically prepares you and promotes the right headspace for work, even if it is tempting to stay in pyjamas or tracksuits." Marcela Slepica

Create a schedule

"Routine is key. Ensure you plan your working day accordingly and include all meal breaks as you would in the office. Every day ensure you do things that can give you a sense of fulfilment." Philipa Brown

Set Goals

"Putting in mind that this is lockdown is not forever, continue to create future goals for yourself - plan your next adventure post lockdown. Setting these goals helps you look towards the future with hope." Philipa Brown

Period3 Sep 2021

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