Whether you have just arrived from overseas or are required to self-isolate due to interstate travel – there is one thing for sure; 14 days can quickly go from being a breeze to something resembling cabin fever without planning and preparation!
First and foremost, keeping a positive mindset is key to getting through the 14 days. Self-isolation, social distancing and lockdowns can create a sense of anxiety and dread. It’s a tricky time to keep yourself busy and well and there are a few things you can do to help your sense of sanity.
KEEP YOUR MIND ACTIVE
Rummage through the back of your cupboard and pull out a puzzle or blow the dust off a boardgame and strike up a game. Don’t live in the 90’s anymore and thrown out all your boardgames? Or staying in a hotel or hospital accommodation without any? Jump on your phone and download some apps, whether it is Tetris or solitaire – playing a game is a great way to keep your mind active and also have some fun. Our go to is the classic activity of reading a book to pass the time. The Australian libraries also have a wealth of great books, audiobooks and magazines (for a lighter read) online for easy access! Here is the link to the QLD library. Don’t forget to check in and facetime friends and family to keep up your social norms as much as you can!
KEEP YOUR BODY MOVING
Missing your daily (or monthly) gym visit? There are plenty of ways you can keep active that don’t involve going into the outside world. There is a load of fitness apps with great exercises you can do without the equipment in the gym and using household items. Always wanted to try Yoga but never had the time? Well now you do! Check out some to try below:
Always wanted to upskill but could never find the time? 14 days is an amazing time to do professional development certificates– or do that extra online course you were going to do. Not only will it help your mental health, having something productive to do but may also secure you a new contract! Always wanted to do your SA immunisation update or complete a triage certificate? Now may be the time.
DON’T RELY ON SOCIAL MEDIA FOR NEWS
We have warned of this before but – don’t believe everything you hear on social media! Affinity are getting updates from state and federal health boards and are getting it direct from the source. With the number of sources reporting on the virus, please only use reputable able sources to get your news, your placement specialist is a great place to start. For the most reliable information we recommend the World Health Organisation & Department of Health
REACH OUT IF YOU NEED TO!
The uncertainty that COVID 19 has brought into the world is second to none for our generations. It is bringing about continual changes, restrictions and isolating us from our daily norms and practices. It is more important than ever to erase the stigma associated with mental health and reach out if you are experiencing feelings of hopelessness, anxiety and grief. It is okay to not be okay. If you are uncomfortable talking to friends and family about your feelings, there are so many amazing lifelines that can give the support and advice you need.
In this time, be understanding, kind with each other, take social distancing seriously and wash those hands.
Stay tuned for our next blog post on the essential resources that can help you get through self-isolation!