At home in my neighbourhood title houses and people having fun together
Stay healthy
  • Last updated:
  • 04 Sep 2020

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a holistic pursuit - physical, mental, emotional, relational and spiritual.

Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.” Plato

Top tips to stay healthy and reduce stress if you are working from home or in self-isolation

  1. Plan activities that are fun and give you a sense of achievement.
  2. Maintain physical fitness and reduce stress with an at-home exercise routine.
  3. Eat well, plan ahead and learn to cook a variety of nutritious meals.
  4. Stay connected with friends and family via phone, email and video conferencing.
  5. Ensure you have two weeks of medications and food.
  6. Avoid the 24/7 news cycle, including social media and try a technology detox each day. 
  7. Spend the time connecting with the people you are living with and practice mindfulness.
  8. Read MindSpot’s 10 psychological tips for coping with infectious diseases

If you’re feeling overwhelmed you can call

iHelp Sunshine Coast also brings to your fingertips a range of mental health support and suicide prevention services available on the Sunshine Coast. Immediate iHelp is just a click away.

Fostering and maintaining mental health and well-being if you are working from home or in self-isolation

Maintaining mental health amidst the daily disruptions of COVID-19 is critical. Fortunately, you can access many excellent COVID-19 Emotional Wellbeing Resources[435KB] for help.

  • Australian Red Cross 
    Offer many practical tips to maintain your wellbeing 
  • Beyond Blue 
    Tips and information on how to look after your mental health, and manage feelings of anxiety, distress and concern
  • Lifeline 
    Strategies to continue looking after ourselves and each other during these difficult times
  • RUOK? 
    Tips about looking out for family members or friends who are struggling
  • Headspace 
    Can assist young people affected by stress related to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • ACON
    Has issued a statement with advice for community members, particularly LGBTIQ+ people
  • Relax Like a Boss
    Offer informative blogs about relaxation, mindfulness and meditation, founder John Parrott also shares his experiences with depression and how he managed it. 
  • Grab Life by the Balls 
    A proactive and positive men's mental health movement who are all about meeting Aussie blokes where they are at
  • USC Counselling and Wellbeing Clinic 
    Provides free telephone and online psychological and emotional support services from final year counselling students. The clinic’s focus is on the delivery of person-centred, strengths-based counselling. Information can be found on the USC Clinic Brochure[1056KB]
  • USC Psychology Telehealth Clinic 
    Provides free mental health services from postgraduate students (provisionally registered psychologists) using phone and video conferencing. The clinic offers a range of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy which has been shown to be a very effective treatment for a wide range of problems. Find out more and make an appointment
  • SBS
    Has COVID-19 health and mental health information in languages other than English

Council’s eLibrary

If you aren’t already a member of Sunshine Coast Libraries join online to access a huge range of resources including books, magazines, movies, audiobooks and educational platforms all for free.

There is a huge range of online health and fitness magazines to keep you cooking and healthy.

You can also explore national international cuisines through AtoZ World Food and AtoZ Food America, sign in using you library membership number. 

For help using eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, eMovies and eMusic on your device contact the eLibrary Helpdesk on (07) 5475 8989 or email libraries@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au between 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

State library 

Join the State Library for free to access Gale Health and Wellness which is full of articles, videos and news on over 300 health related topics including meditation and yoga videos.

Exercising at home 

Queensland Government’s Healthier. Happier program includes many online resources, find out how you can stay healthy, and explore healthy recipes, fun exercise videos and handy guides to get you started.

Explore Adventure Sunshine Coast use the map view to find trails near your home and in your neighbourhood.

There are many online exercise and yoga classes. So take your pick.

  • PCYC Queensland Activ8 @home 
    A free online fitness program including high intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts, nutritional advice, tips, recipes and more
  • Being Yoga 
    Community offers free yoga and meditation videos
  • Five Parks Yoga 
    Offers a fantastic range of free online yoga classes filmed in both Costa Rica and Colorado. Classes are organised by length/time or for specific body parts  
  • Excercise and Sports Science Australia Home Workouts
    For adults, seniors, mums and bubs and kids, their Exercise & Mental Health e-book[8MB] also outlines why exercise isn’t just good for your brain, it’s also great for your mental health
  • 10,000 Steps
    Encourages Australians to increase their physical activity by walking every day, and it’s FREE. Set up remote teams
  • Walk at Home
    There is no place like home to WALK yourself HEALTHY, these online videos have helped millions of people live active and healthy lives for over 30 years
  • Marietta Mehanni
    Award winning fitness presenter is providing live exercise classes FREE seven days a week

Mindfulness 

Eating healthy 

  • Spare Harvest 
    A movement of like-minded people who relish and practice the value of living more sustainable. That can be anything like connecting together to source eggs from the backyard down the road, buy vegies from the next suburb or sharing gardening equipment with neighbours
  • Living Smart 
    Is about what we do every day – it is how we live, eat, shop and play. Find useful life hacks to save time and money while creating a healthy living environment with your family. Explore your interests ... find your flow
  • Dietitians Association of Australia 
    Smart eating fast facts and smart eating recipes
  • TasteTV 
    Get a weekly round-up of the latest recipes, dinner ideas and tips from Australia's #1 food site

Managing your weight in isolation

  • Dietitians Association of Australia 
    Provide evidence-based information on weight management, food and nutrition locally, nationally and internationally
  • Healthy weight guide 
    Tips and tools to help you set goals and plan the steps you will take to achieve them, record your weight, waist measurement and BMI, and track changes using graphs and much more

Safety and wellbeing when working from home

WorkSafe Queensland has a number of useful fact sheets and guides that can support you to work remotely and safely. Please find below links to these downloadable resources: