We’ve all been watching, and in some cases living it, the lockdown of the public housing blocks in Melbourne, and now the whole city in efforts to minimise the second wave spread of the virus. 

A recent study has reviewed the impact that quarantine has on our mental health, it’s not great, but the good news is there are things we can all do to help ourselves, and one another, the study finds.

  • Clear communication – there’s a lot of ambiguity at the moment, which can have a direct impact on people’s mental health. If you’re in a position at work, in the family or in government, try and minimise all ambiguity and be as clear and direct with the information that you know. We can take this advice into our personal lives as well, with our kids, partners and friends.
  • Treating others with kindness – sadly the study found that people who had been quarantined reported being treated differently and with avoidance. If you approach the situation with empathy, imagine what being isolated by yourself for 14 days would feel like?
  • Financial concernsmost people are feeling it at the moment, so if you’re in a position to provide assistance at all, whether it’s donating some goods, or simply just swapping to shopping more local, every little bit can help. 
  • Hoarding! This is really unhelpful, and un-Australian. Do you really need all of that toilet paper?
  • Boredom and frustration – have something to look forward to, if you can, plan a weekend away or a visit to a friends or a walk in the park. If you’re in lockdown, planning out your day so that you’ve always got something to do can help.
  • Online courseWith more time at home, now is a great time for some soul searching or an online course. Our online courses can help you combat a number of impulsive behaviours, or just simply help you become more self aware. 
  • Seek help – Utilise the government programs in place, you won’t know how much you’ve needed it until you’ve reached out! Contact lifeline, or use telehealth to connect with a Psychologist or Counsellor in your area.

If you’d like to use this time to get to know yourself better and break some unwanted habits, or improve your relationships, explore our range of online Impulsivity courses here. 

Source:

Brooks, S. K., Webster, R. K., Smith, L. E., Woodland, L., Wessely, S., Greenberg, N., & Rubin, G. J. (2020). The psychological impact of quarantine and how to reduce it: rapid review of the evidence. The Lancet.