- Last updated:
- 04 Jun 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
The Lift Project Sunshine Coast
A free 10 week holistic, comprehensive, evidence-based, online educational and preventative adventure that draws together the latest research from neuroscience, lifestyle medicine and positive psychology.
Registrations for the current program closed on Friday 22 May 2020. Further rollouts of the program are anticipated throughout the year visit The Lift Project for more information.
Top tips to stay healthy and reduce stress if you are working from home or in self-isolation
- Set up a daily routine for everyone in the household.
- Plan activities that are fun and give you a sense of achievement.
- Maintain physical fitness and reduce stress with an at-home exercise routine.
- Eat well, plan ahead and learn to cook a variety of nutritious meals.
- Stay connected with friends and family via phone, email and video conferencing.
- Ensure you have two weeks of medications and food.
- Avoid the 24/7 news cycle, including social media and try a technology detox each day.
- Spend the time connecting with the people you are living with and practice mindfulness.
- Safely share resources and help your neighbours, pop the CovidKindness postcard into their mailbox with your phone number and how you can help.
- 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
Maintaining mental health amidst the daily disruptions of COVID-19 is critical. Fortunately, you can access many excellent COVID-19 Emotional Wellbeing Resources 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
Strategies to continue looking after ourselves and each other during these difficult times
Tips about looking out for family members or friends who are struggling
Can assist young people affected by stress related to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Has issued a statement with advice for community members, particularly LGBTIQ+ people
- 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
- 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.
Has COVID-19 health and mental health information in languages other than English
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.
For help using eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, eMovies and eMusic on your device contact the eLibrary Helpdesk on (07) 5475 8989 or email email@example.com between 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
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 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
- 24 Hour Live Breathing Room
24 hour live breathing room with a guided breath meditation that is easily accessible and available globally
- Hope in Uncertain Times
Oprah and Deepak Chopra have released 21 days of free meditation
Free meditations, sleep, and movement exercises
- 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
- Hay House
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
- 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
Get a weekly round-up of the latest recipes, dinner ideas and tips from Australia's #1 food site
Managing your weight in isolation
- Nutrition Australia
Learn more about food, nutrition and healthy eating with fact sheets, recipes and educational resources
- 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:
- Sedentary work – sit less and move more in your work day
- Ergonomic guide to computer based workstations
- Office workstations
- Safe use of laptops