Yesterday, the Australasian Research Management Society (ARMS) ran a Zoom session for members specifically related to COVID-19, mental health and working at home. The session was delivered by Professor Nicholas Procter from the University of South Australia, where he is also Chair in Mental Health Nursing.
Professor Procter’s session was excellent and informative, providing useful strategies for dealing with stressful situations, including COVID-19. He stressed the need to rely upon reliable information sources, but also not allowing yourself to become overwhelmed by too much information (e.g. checking in at morning and evening rather than throughout the day); something I was already doing. With COVID-19 impacting our lives with isolation, thus affecting our natural instincts to interact with friends and family, we needed to adjust to a digital forms of interaction and be patient with those less technologically inclined who’ll take longer to adapt.
Other suggestions included:
- do something each day that makes you feel good
- practice journaling your thoughts
- exercise and meditation
A basic summary of his presentation, however, the key points for me. The video recording is available via YouTube and well worth checking out.