“The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic is causing anxiety, worry and stress for Queenslanders and people across the globe”, Queensland Mental Health Commission, April 2020.
Even though Townsville has had markedly fewer cases than other major Australian cities and densely populated suburbs, there has been impact to the mental health and wellbeing of Townsville folk.
Interestingly, here at OnBundock there has been a significant increase in re-contact by previous clients who may not have attended for some years. We are seeing cases of anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and financial strain. Some people just find it difficult to manage so much change.
The extensive changes to our daily lives for the past 10 weeks have been difficult for many. Children unable to attend school, working from home, unable to socialize, gyms closed, recreational activities restricted, and the feeling of uncertainty all impact on our mental health and wellbeing.
We are social creatures and the inability to connect with friends and family, our daily interactions with work colleagues, and social distancing facilitates a sense of isolation and being “alone”.
The inability to exercise regularly can impact the quality of our mood and lead to an increase in anxiety.
Financial stress coupled with uncertainty about the future promotes worry and fear.
As restrictions begin to lift it is important to re-commence exercise, socialize (with appropriate distancing), visit family and friends, engage in recreational activities, and for some a return to their workplace.