By Tim Hoopmann

It is normal to feel overwhelmed by what is a very challenging time for so many in our community. Each one of us will react to stressful situations in different ways. Some people may need mental health support to cope with the effects of widespread uncertainty, self-isolation and loneliness or financial hardship. Others may find ways of coping with these situations by incorporating daily routines to help them deal with the impact on their lives.

Building Resilience

Exercise, diet, sleep, work boundaries and positive thinking are important tools to use for better mental health. Understanding what actions and routines to put in place to support yourself will in the long term have a positive impact on your wellness.

Reframing the situation

The amount of information about coronavirus can been overwhelming. Overloading with too much information becomes tiresome. Breaking it down to manageable pieces allows you to return to a sense of control. When you do, it may allow you to watch the news, gather information and observe what’s going on in a more positive manner.

Being Present

Learn to be present with your feelings and emotions. They can vary from day to day. Fighting against these feelings often creates more stress. Allow these feelings to flow through you. In doing so it may help you think positively, even when your feelings or emotions are not.

Practising Gratitude

While we are still amid this global pandemic, practicing gratitude may seem like the last thing you are thinking about. However, our thoughts play a large part in impacting our mental health and wellbeing. Where we can, it is important to keep them positive. Find a moment each day to stop and focus on what you’re grateful for.

Finding a moment to stop and focus on what you are grateful for can be a great tool for managing your mental health.

Staying Connected

Make staying connected part of your everyday. As a business owner with teams, try creating a routine for checking in with the team. Focus on their wellbeing. Mix it up and make it fun, just like you would in the office. Every conversation does not need to be about work. As a sole trader you may be feeling more alone and isolated. Now is the time to look to your wider community, industry, or networking groups. These can be a lifeline for you.

Tim Hoopmann is a speaker, mentor and coach, with a passion for growing small business through using technology to increase productivity and reduce costs. He is also a volunteer speaker for Beyond Blue, working to raise awareness of anxiety and depression, reduce the associated stigma and encourage people to get help.