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COVID and lockdown fatigue is real. We are all feeling a bit overwhelmed right now and it is easy, especially in the context of working from home, or not being able to work and having to manage home learning and our moods as well as keep up with the day to day changes. Here are some tips to practice and maintain self-care. 

Not all of the following suggestions will suit everyone so the tip is to read them and select the ones that pique your interest or that you think are relevant to your circumstances.      

Self-care is crucial – particularly for people working in organisations that care so much for their customers and communities. It’s important when caring for others to make sure you set aside some time to also care for yourself.

It’s important to note that some of these tips aren’t possible right now in this COVID world and that some of the tips can only be used if where you live has no restrictions and even then – keep COVID-safe, please!

Cup of herbal teaWhen you only have 5 minutes

  • Take 10 deep breaths, counting in for eight, hold for 8, exhale for 10.
  • Move and stretch your whole body from your shoulders to your ankles.
  • Make a cup of herbal tea and take a moment to breathe in the aroma before drinking.
  • In a quiet place, think about and write down three things you are grateful for.
  • Get outside, breathe, and simply look up at the sky.

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When you have up to an hour

  • Go for a brisk walk or jog (if permitted).
  • Do some yoga or strengthening work.
  • Have a chat with a friend – virtually if not able to do face to face.
  • Take a shower and freshen up.
  • Have a nap.
  • Listen to or play some music.

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When you have a few hours

  • Cook your favourite dish or baked good for you and/or loved ones. 
  • Sleep in, enjoy a leisurely breakfast and read or listen to a book in bed.
  • Take a long luxurious bath and relax with no devices!
  • Plan a date night with your significant other or best friends – try doing this by phone/video if you are unable to see them face to face.
  • Do something artistic or creative, make something or learn a new skill – YouTube can teach you anything!

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Care for your own wellbeing

  • Say no! It's ok to sometimes to say no and do what’s right for you.
  • Do something your future self will thank you for.
  • Get enough sleep – leave your phone outside of your bedroom at night and avoid TV or reading right before bedtime.
  • Start a journal – if stuck on what to write, start with what you are grateful for.

Need more help?

Look after your Mental Health 
National Crisis Numbers
How to maintain healthy habits during COVID-19 with food and exercise
How to get a Mental Health Care Plan


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