All Victorians are feeling the impact of the second round of lockdowns, for some, it’s much more challenging than the first time. We understand that supporting employee health and wellbeing during this time can be difficult. To help, here are some simple health and wellbeing messages that can be directly copied and shared via your workplace’s communication channels including email updates, on the intranet or in newsletters.
Message: Support your mental health and wellbeing
We understand that our work and personal life is continuing to change as we adapt to the environment around us. To support you, Beyond Blue has many resources on maintaining mental wellbeing and for those experiencing mental ill-health.
If you are feeling stressed or low, you can talk to a trusted friend or family member or seek help at:
Message: Tips to promote mental wellbeing
Beyond Blue has a wide range of resources to support your mental health and wellbeing during this challenging time. A few key tips include:
- Keep a healthy routine
Providing structure to our days may help to offer some sense of ‘normality’. When establishing your daily routine, try and build in exercise, healthy meals and connection. Check out Beyond Blue’s article on the importance of establishing a routine.
- Get a good night’s sleep
Sleep supports good mental health and wellbeing and can help us maintain a perspective. If you’re struggling to sleep well check out this Beyond Blue article, which shares strategies on getting a good night’s sleep.
- Stay engaged
Keep connected with meaningful relationships and activities that leave you feeling better. It’s important to remember that people appreciate others connecting with them, too. Read Beyond Blue’s article on staying connected.
Message: How to eat well with new shopping habits
We know that for some our shopping habits have been impacted including financial challenges, supermarket buying limits and some stock being temporarily unavailable. To help you find inspiration to maintain a balanced, nutritious diet, the following resources may be useful.
Message: Master healthy food swaps
Eating well is an important part of maintaining health and wellbeing. If you can’t find what you need at the local supermarket, most of the time you can make healthy ingredient swaps.
Also, as we’re all trying to reduce our number of trips to the shops, meal planning will be a great way to help you maintain a balanced diet and stick to a budget. Check out LiveLighter’s online meal plans.
Message: Four at-home tips to build movement into your day
The current lockdown restriction may mean you’re not moving as much as you’re used to. Keeping active is beneficial for both your mental and physical health. To build more activity into your day, try these tips:
- Run, walk or star jump on the spot for 30 seconds to get your heart rate up
- Stand up during virtual work meetings
- Set timers to get up, stretch and walk around
- Challenge yourself to do wall push ups or calf raises.
Message: At-home workouts
Keeping active is beneficial for both your mental and physical health. Exercising in your living room is a great way to boost your activity levels and even an opportunity to connect with others for motivation and encouragement. For inspiration, check out these videos: