Feeling anxious now the borders are open? - Institute for Respiratory Health

Feeling anxious now the borders are open?

Thursday, March 03, 2022 | News, Uncategorised

If you have a lung disease you might be feeling pretty anxious about the borders opening. But there are lots of steps you can take to help ensure you are safe and that will help manage your mental health.

  1. Vaccines remain key to protection, ensure you are triple vaccinated.
  2. Continue to social distance and wear a face mask.
  3. Follow the Government advice. Things change on a regular basis and this in itself can be stressful. If you have a smart phone, consider downloading the Australian Government app, Coronavirus Australia, to receive notifications with new and important announcements, so you don’t have to rely on constantly checking for updates. Or check the WA Health news page regularly for up-to-date announcements – https://ww2.health.wa.gov.au/News.
  4. If you’re feeling anxious, or worried about the borders being open and increased numbers of the coronavirus, remember health professionals are working tirelessly to help those in need and everyone is doing their bit to stop the spread of the virus.
  5. Choose reliable media outlets to get accurate updates about the coronavirus and limit negative coronavirus news consumption.
  6. Stay connected – don’t let social distancing turn into emotional distancing. Stay in touch with your friends and family through regular phone chats, or use Facetime or Zoom.
  7. If you need support from others who are in the same situation as you, please get in touch with LIFE – a support group created for those with lung disease.
  8. Focus on keeping yourself well physically – there’s lots of great exercises you can do around the house. Keeping active has a positive impact on your mental wellbeing.
  9. If you think you have coronavirus symptoms then visit our website to discover what to do next – resphealth.org.au/coronavirus.
  10. If you have situation where you are finding it difficult to breathe contact your doctor straight away, or call 000.

For any other questions about the coronavirus please visit – resphealth.org.au/coronavirus.