Supporting family wellbeing during isolation
In this week of wellbeing and mental health month, Dr Bruce Robinson shares tips for parents who are in isolation to help manage wellbeing and family spirits.
Tips for dads’ wellbeing in isolation
- Structure is key. It is easy to get into a trap of letting each day merge into the next. Create a good routine, wake up at your normal time and get ready for the day.
- Keep fit. Going for a walk, following an exercise video or just running up and down the stairs. Anything to get the endorphins and adrenaline going helps your overall wellbeing.
- Time outside. Getting some Vitamin D is important, and a lack can contribute to low mood. Take time to go outside, walk around the block or just around the garden.
- Keep connected. Being at home with family more is great, but it can also feel a bit overwhelming at times. Stay connected to friends and family and make use of video-call apps.
- Mindset is important. Whilst you cannot control the circumstances, you can control how you react to them. Try to focus on the positives and reflect this attitude to your family.
If you are struggling, call Lifeline on 131 114, or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636. If children are struggling, they can call Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800 or Youth Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636
We want to foster connection, sharing, and collaborating in this time of isolation and need. The Fathering Channel is an online community hub and a source of research-based advice, support and information. Tune in every Monday for Bruce’s weekly video – packed with fathering advice and tips.
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