This month we focus on mental health as we understand that many of our patients are stressed and anxious at present. So we asked Dr. Deirdre Ryan, Clinical Psychologist and Co-Founder of Aruna Psychology, a local practice that we refer to, for her advice…
We recognise that the past number of weeks have been very distressing and hugely disruptive for many. As a collective we have experienced a significant amount of loss and with that a natural and very appropriate grief reaction to this trauma has set in. As life and our future is so unpredictable, we often feel out of control, overwhelmed, lonely and anxious.
Practise self-care to help encourage a more relaxed frame of mind. Everybody practises self-care differently with some examples including:
- Maintaining good social connections and communicating openly with family and friends
- Making time for activities and hobbies you enjoy
- Keeping up a healthy lifestyle by eating a balanced diet,
- Exercising regularly,
- Getting quality sleep and avoiding the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs to cope with stress
- Practising relaxation, meditation and mindfulness to give your body a chance to settle and readjust to a calm state.
- Shift your focus to what is in your control instead of focusing on what is out of your control
If you feel that the stress or anxiety you or your child experience as a result of the coronavirus is impacting on everyday life, a psychologist may be able to help. Psychologists are highly trained and qualified professionals, skilled in providing effective interventions for a range of mental health concerns, including stress, isolation and low mood. A psychologist can help you manage your distress using techniques based on the best available research. If you are referred to a psychologist by your Turn The Corner doctor, you will be eligible for a Medicare rebate. You will also be eligible to receive psychology services via Telehealth so that you do not need to travel to see a psychologist if you prefer.
Thanks, Deirdre. If you’d like to book an appointment with your Doctor to discuss your mental health concerns, and to potentially get a referral to a psychologist, please click here.