As life under lockdown becomes the new normal for Griffith residents and pandemic fatigue sets in, the community is reminded to move their bodies and look after their mental health.
Regional NSW has only been in lockdown for two weeks, but the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic for the community has been significant, with the escalating spread of the delta strain and lack of connection this winter leading to a rise in pandemic fatigue.
So how do you look after yourself during a pandemic?
Anita McRae, Senior Manager of Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol at the Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network (MPHN) said that whilst the current stay at home orders are causing significant worry and stress for many, there are many ways to mitigate this.
"Feeling this way is a really normal reaction to an abnormal situation," Mrs McRae said.
"Stay connected virtually to those you love and take a break from watching the news 24/7 if this is causing you more stress.
It is also important to keep routine in your life where you can, have a shower each day, get a good night's sleep, include exercise in your daily routine, eat food that is good for you and minimise your intake of alcohol and other drugs."
Manager of Anytime Fitness Griffith, Marc Johnson said that regular exercise was another vital component to ensuring holistic wellbeing, even if confined to your own home.
"Regular exercise is not only good for your health, but it can regulate your mood, help you sleep and provide you a routine," Mr Johnson said.
"Moving your body is one of the most important things that you can do for your mental health".
According to Mr Johnson, exercise is also a great distraction to the negative thoughts that may arise during these unprecedented times.
"Movement in any form is just so important right now, it releases endorphins and can be as easy as just a walk or simple bodyweight exercises," Mr Johnson said.
Nutritionist and well known Australian Chef, Teresa Cutter says that eating delicious and nutritious meals loaded with vitamin C was another great way to build a healthy and happy body and mind.
"Diet can play an important role in supporting one's mood and body function," Mrs Cutter said.
"Focus on foods with a concentrated source of nutrients that your body loves and help it function at its best."
Whilst there is now word yet on whether or not lockdown across Regional NSW will be extended once more after September 10th, make sure to enjoy the warmer spring weather and look after yourself during this time.
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