Taking Care of Your Mental Health During Covid-19
- October 14, 2020
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By Rebecca Cleary
2020 has been a time of enormous upheaval for everyone – particularly those experiencing Melbourne’s extended lockdown. For those experiencing family separations, litigation, employment law and other legal issues with the assistance of Kingston Lawyers, we understand that experiences of stress and anxiety may be increased during this time.
Hopefully, Sunday’s announcements from the Victorian Government will bring some relief in this regard. However, we thought it would be timely to provide some reminders about looking after your mental health in the meantime.
Our team has been making efforts to stay in touch daily, whether through phone calls or group ‘Zoom’ video calls, to ensure the team stays cohesive and feel connected. Our team members have been taking the time to reconnect with our families, whether that be through spending more time with our children, or using the time we would otherwise have spent commuting to make home-cooked meals with our families or housemates.
As we are all working from home at the moment, our Principal, Stephen Lucas has emphasised the importance of taking a proper lunch break and stepping away from work at the end of the day.
While we are lawyers, not healthcare professionals, we have personally found the following resources to be helpful for ourselves and our clients during this time:
Victorian Small Business Commission:
Headspace tips for a healthy headspace:
For those with children:
For those working from home during Covid-19:
It is also important to remember that, although we are staying home, assistance is always available. Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from anywhere in Australia on 131 114. Additionally, leaving your home to seek medical care is allowed, many GPs are available via Telehealth and the Government has announced additional psychological therapy sessions are available under mental health treatment plans through your GP.
It won’t be long now Melbourne – let’s continue to look after ourselves and look after each other!
Kingston Lawyers provides professional legal services. This article is not intended to be a substitute for seeking professional legal advice or professional health care and we encourage you to reach out to a healthcare professional if you are experiencing any mental health difficulties.