How can you stay cool, calm and connected while social distancing?
According to clinical psychologist Astrid Toscan, emotional self-awareness is an important tool for navigating COVID-19.
"When facing a crisis... fear, anxiety and worry is quite normal," Ms Toscan said.
"At these times, it is important to focus on what you can control rather than on what you can't control."
Connecting with others and relaxing are important coping mechanisms when dealing with stress and anxiety.
"In our current state, it is important for people to stay physically away from other people but to remain connected," Ms Toscan said.
"This can be achieved via social media platforms and meeting platforms such as Zoom.
"It is important to understand what your nervous system is doing. Always being in a heightened state means areas of your brain that need to be engaged for decision making and planning, can go offline.
"For this reason, it is important for individuals to find a way to relax and calm themselves."
Activities such as online yoga, meditation and diaphragmatic breathing can provide opportunities for relaxation.
People who find themselves unemployed or underemployed during the coronavirus pandemic may experience additional stress.
"There may be many feelings including vulnerability, anger, anxiety, depression," Ms Toscan said.
"One of the most overlooked emotions associated with unemployment is the emotion of shame.
"People may imagine how others would view them, which is often in a negative manner.
"Abundant psychological assistance is available through local psychologists, government providers and resources such as Beyond Blue and Lifeline."
Visit the Beyond Blue website for a list of national help lines and websites.
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