NSW chief psychiatrist gives mental health advice to residents in COVID lockdown
Residents of New South Wales struggling with the lockdown should formulate plans around their days that include exercise, according to the state’s chief psychiatrist.
Murray Wright issued the advisory as millions of people see no end in sight for stay-at-home orders, as 345 more cases of COVID-19 were recorded on Thursday.
He called the situation in New South Wales “possibly the most sustained and serious stress that many of us will face in our lifetimes”.
“How we manage it will be very important in minimizing the impacts of stress on well-being and mental health,” he said.
Wright said that among the “fairly simple and straightforward things that can be done to maintain or improve mental health is” to “have a plan and create a structure in your life.”
“Many of us have lost this structure and it is important to recreate it,” he said.
“This includes getting regular daily exercise, connecting with the people who are important in your life, and talking about meaningful things, including how they are doing and how you are doing.
“It’s important to monitor things like your diet, sleep, alcohol consumption, and also to set goals for yourself every day and review them.
“None of us always execute the perfect plan, but it is important to review and renew it daily.
“If things aren’t working and signs that things are not working include difficulty sleeping, difficulty concentrating, feeling overly tired, feeling overwhelmed, irritable, or using too much alcohol. alcohol, and if any of these things happen to you, what do people around you need to think about.
“What can I do to change the way I approach the day or do I need help? “
He said people can support each other during the lockdown by asking if they’re okay.
“It never hurts. It often does a lot of good and making it a regular topic, as well as talking about the pandemic and wellness is really essential for all of us, ”said Wright.
“This will minimize the impact and minimize the long-term impact of mental health issues long after the pandemic is over. “
He also said that NSW Mental Health Services are able to offer specific advice to deal with the pandemic.
“We expect people to struggle from time to time,” he said.
“Pay attention to the people around you, talk about what you are doing about it, and ask for help if you need it.”
If you need help in a crisis, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.
For more information on depression, contact Beyondblue on 1300224636 or talk to your GP, local healthcare professional, or someone you trust.