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Take a moment to consider your mental wellbeing

It’s important to look after your mental wellbeing during these challenging times.

The endless stream of news headlines can sometimes feel overwhelming.

While there are benefits to staying up-to-date with the news, too much can take a toll on our mental wellbeing.  

Here are some tips on the best ways to find balance while staying informed during a crisis:

You could:
•    Start your day by reading a book or going for a walk, rather than checking the news or your social media feed
•    Avoid checking the news before going to bed, especially on your phone or TV
•    Set a limit on how many times you check the news each day, and how long you spend reading about the issue
•    Delete your social media apps, turn off notifications or download an app that helps you limit social media use.

It’s understandable that conversations often revolve around current events but remember it’s ok to not want to talk about it all the time. Just make sure you’re not bottling up your feelings or concerns and seek support when you need it.

Helping children cope

During a crisis, heightened media coverage and ongoing conversations can be distressing for children. They may need help to understand what’s going on in a way that’s appropriate for their age and development. Your own behaviour plays an important role in helping children deal with the current situation. 

How to help children cope during a crisis:
•    Limit the amount of media coverage children see, hear and read
•    If they do watch the news, be there to explain it to them
•    Let them know they can ask you questions anytime
•    Be honest and stick to the facts but don’t provide too much detail
•    Be aware of what you say when children are around
•    Monitor their reactions, and listen to how they feel and what they think
•    Point out the people working to fix the situation
•    Reassure them that they are safe.

When to get support

Most people will feel some distress during a crisis – this is normal, and usually resolves naturally within a matter of days or weeks.

If you’ve taken steps to support better mental wellbeing but are still feeling stressed, overwhelmed, worried, or just not like your normal self, it’s important to tell someone.

This might be someone close to you like a family member, friend or colleague. You can also talk to your GP or a mental health professional, or find mental health support services in Queensland on the Queensland Health website.

If you’ve noticed your child’s behaviour has changed or have concerns about their level of distress, seek help from your GP or other health professional.

Content sourced from Queensland Health. Read the full article here.

Last updated 18 Mar 2020