Caring for your mental wellbeing 

Receiving a positive diagnosis for COVID-19 can be overwhelming and you may feel anxious. If you are feeling unwell and your mental health is getting worse, let your Tend Care Team know and we will be able to assist you.

Here are our top tips to help take care of your mental wellbeing:

Stay connected Although you will be quarantined while you have COVID-19, try stay in touch with the people you care about over the phone or online.
Minimise news feeds Try reduce how much you watch, read or listen to the news that makes you feel anxious or distressed. Instead, read your favourite book or listen to an interesting podcast.
Avoid alcohol and drug use Avoid using alcohol and drugs as a way of dealing with fear, anxiety, boredom and loneliness or social isolation. Try learning a new skill or starting a creative project to help cure some of your quarantine boredom.
Accept the situation You should understand that you have a viral infection and your body is fighting it. You may feel unwell, but you will recover. You may have days when you feel great, and other days where you don’t. Accepting that this is normal is important for your overall recovery and mental wellbeing.
Adjust your physical space Adjust your environment so that it makes you feel good and supports your body to recover! Something as simple as taking a cold shower, changing your bed linen, letting fresh air into your room or wearing your favourite slippers can be comforting.
Rest and hydrate Getting enough sleep and drinking enough water helps your body to fight the virus. Try going to bed at a reasonable time and having a bottle of water always at the ready!
Gentle exercise Doing gentle exercise such as arm raises, sitting and standing or marching is not only good for your physical health but also your mental wellbeing. Try set time aside each day to move your body.
Try to stick to your normal routine Sticking to your usual routine in a safe way as much as possible will make going back to normal easier. For example, set yourself regular mealtimes and sleeping schedules.