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Stay healthy
  • Last updated:
  • 26 Mar 2020

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle during this stressful time is vital. This could include managing daily routines, regular exercise, mindfulness activities, healthy eating and even resting well. Health is a holistic pursuit - physical, mental, emotional, relational and spiritual.

“Cheerfulness is the best promoter of health and is as friendly to the mind as to the body.” Joseph Addison

Top tips to stay healthy and reduce stress when you are in self-isolation

  1. Set up a daily routine for everyone in the household. 
  2. Plan activities that are fun and give you a sense of achievement.
  3. Maintain physical fitness and reduce stress with an at-home exercise routine.
  4. Eat well, plan ahead and learn to cook a variety of nutritious meals.
  5. Stay connected with friends and family via phone, email and video conferencing.
  6. Ensure you have two weeks of medications and food in case you have to quarantine. Remember there is no need to stockpile.
  7. Avoid the 24/7 news cycle, including social media and try a technology detox each day. 
  8. Spend the time connecting with the people you are living with and practice mindfulness.
  9. Safely share resources and help your neighbours, pop the CovidKindness postcard into their mailbox with your phone number and how you can help. 
  10. Read MindSpot’s 10 psychological tips for coping with infectious diseases

Fostering and maintaining mental health and well-being

Maintaining mental health during self-isolation and amidst the daily disruptions is critical.

Fortunately, you can access many excellent COVID-19 Emotional Wellbeing Resources[435KB] for help.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed you can call:

Visit Beyond Blue for more tips and information on how to look after your mental health, and manage feelings of anxiety, distress and concern, during the coronavirus pandemic. 

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.

Young people affected by stress related to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) can visit headspace for helpful information. 

The MindSpot Wellbeing Plus Course helps adults aged 60 years and over learn to manage mild, moderate and severe symptoms of depression and anxiety. 

USC Counselling and Wellbeing Clinic in Nambour is now offering free telephone and online counselling services. Information can be found on the USC Clinic Brochure[1056KB].

Hay House is currently providing free access to movies, podcasts, meditations, articles and eBooks by Louise Hay, Dr. Wayne Dyer and Suze Orman that have been curated specifically to help you stay healthy, calm and empowered. 

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. 

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.

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

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.  

Try out some Home Workouts for adults, seniors, mums and bubs and kids from Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA). 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.

There is no place like home to WALK yourself HEALTHY – the online Walk at Home videos have helped millions of people live active and healthy lives for over 30 years. 

Mindfulness 

Smiling Mind – a daily mindfulness and meditation guide at your fingertips including FREE Programs for children and adults. Download on the App Store or Get it on Google Play.

Eating healthy 

Spare Harvest is a growing community who want to thrive on sustainable living. It starts with having spare home food and garden gear and connecting with others who want it. There are plenty of Sunshine Coast connections available. 

Dietitians Association of Australia – smart eating fast facts and smart eating recipes. 

Want to try a new recipe? Milk Street Online Cooking School is offering its entire line of online cooking classes available for free until April 30.

Antoni Porowski, of Queer Eye fame, is posting ad-hoc cooking videos on Instagram that he’s calling "Quar [as in, "quarantine"] Eye."

Food Techniques BBC has a nice selection of cooking videos for people with a variety of skill levels. Don’t know how to cut an onion? There’s a class for that. But there are also classes on advanced techniques.

TasteTV get a weekly round-up of the latest recipes, dinner ideas and tips from Australia's #1 food site.

Learn from Bon Appétit Video channel. The magazine’s test kitchen chefs have become cult celebrities with their offbeat-yet-gripping shows. 

The New York Times cooking team has a YouTube channel where Melissa Clark, Alison Roman and guests such as Jamie Oliver and Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski do baked ziti (pasta), cookies and more.