Well, 2020 has been interesting so far for us in Australia, but here at NorthPsych your mental and physical health is and always will be paramount to us. The COVID 19 pandemic has been a very confusing and worrying time for all of us, causing increased stress, anxiety and fear.
Whether COVID 19 pandemic has affected your finances, employment status or your mental health, it’s important to remember that we are all in this together.
For some of us already living with a complex mental health issue, the impact of something like this can be significant, but we want you to know that we are here to support you in this.
It’s seems just yesterday our team were all together at our North Shore Psychology Practice with our friendly dogs. However, we are still here to provide you the same support & advice as always from our homes, where we are staying safe and we hope you are too!
Our Telehealth service allows all of our Psychologists to work remotely at COVID 19 pandemic, through a number of communication channels and we’re happy for you to choose the one you’re most comfortable with.
Through Telehealth you can chat to your Psychologist from NorthPsych anywhere across Australia via:
• Telephone call
When you speak to our friendly reception team, simply let them know which Telehealth platform works best for you.
While you are at home, don’t forget the basics of self-care:
1. Try and get some physical exercise where you can – now doesn’t have to be the time to start a whole new exercise program if you don’t feel up to it, just a walk around your local area or a switch on a yoga video from YouTube – these are some great low pressure options.
2. Remember that sleep is important, even though it might feel harder at the moment to relax and disconnect from news or social media right now. Some people find it helpful to develop a routine of calming activities to do before they go to bed, which might involve things like taking a warm shower or bath, reading a book, or journaling.
3. Be mindful of your consumption of alcohol and other mood-altering substances. While they can provide a moment of pleasure, enjoyment and alternative engagement, we must remember that all good things are best in moderation.
4. For those of us who take regular prescription medication, remember that many GP’s are offering Telehealth appointments, and this can be a great way to get prescriptions renewed whilst practicing social distancing.
5. Do something you enjoy every day. With reduced opportunities for social interaction with friends and family right now, many of us are having less opportunities to have fun and find joy. We need to foster opportunities for enjoyment right now, so do whatever that looks like for you.
6. If you’re a person who benefits from a routine, try to find a new kind of routine that works for you right now. Maybe a dog walk every afternoon, or a regular Zoom chat with friends or family.
Reach out to us at NorthPsych if there is anything we can do for you, and we will do our very best in this trying time to help.
As soon as health authorities say it’s safe and COVID 19 pandemic decrease so much, we’ll be back in our NorthShore Psychology Practice to see you. In the meantime, we look forward to talking with you wherever you are.