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From surviving to thriving

Hannah Kennelly  |  02 November 2020

While this global pandemic evolves, a different plague of stress, anxiety and exhaustion can threaten to engulf our daily lives. Caring for your mental health has never been more critical. One of our young writers shares some ideas of things you can do to help cope in these times.

  1. Learn a new language

International travel might be off the table for the time being, but you can still use the time to master a new language. Learning a foreign language helps enhance critical thinking, memory, problem solving and other cognitive abilities. Learning apps such as Duolingo offer 95 different language courses free of charge.

  1. Keep active

Physical exercise is one of the best ways to help with your mental health. Whether gyms are open in your neighbourhood or not, there are plenty of ways to motivate yourself to keep active. There are plenty of websites that offer ‘virtual walks’, challenging you to walk a certain number of kilometres each day. You could even plot out your own virtual religious pilgrimage – following, for example, the Camino de Santiago.

  1. Try a new movie or book

Is there a television series you’ve been meaning to watch ? Or maybe a classic Hollywood golden age film you have never seen? Now is the time! Streaming platforms such as Netflix, Stan and Disney+ offer a variety of genres for every family member. Check out GoodReads, the world’s most popular review site for recommendations on which novel to immerse yourself into.

  1. Fire up the oven

Who knew a global pandemic could spark a bread baking obsession? Across the globe many social media users have proudly showcased their home-baked loaves, a warm remedy for the chaos surrounding them. Brush off your aprons and use this time to improve your cooking skills, then share the results with friends on social media.

  1. Get connected

While social distancing is essential, that doesn’t mean we cannot connect with our loved ones through technology. Telecommunications applications such as Skype and Zoom allow free audio and video calls regardless of location. Set up a regular chat, or put together a virtual games night or dance party. We never know what challenges another person is facing, so reach out and stay connected.

If you or anyone you know is struggling, please contact any of the mental health support services below.

Lifeline 13 11 14
Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
Beyond Blue 1300 22 46 36
Headspace 1800 650 890


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