Care During COVID-19

Things you can do to support yourself

Symptoms include a fever, coughing and shortness of breath. Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to a range of other illnesses such as influenza and do not necessarily mean that you have COVID-19.

If you have these symptoms call Healthline (for free) on 0800 358 5453 (or +64 9 358 5453 for international SIMs) or your local doctor for the most up to date professional advice.

If you are severely unwell, for example having trouble breathing, contact emergency services (111).

Some suggestions

– Practice spirituality from home:

– Facetime with someone else: prayer, discussion, devotion.

– Learn:
– – free 14 days – free to stream

– Practice self-care daily. Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or pray/meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.

– Create a sense of normalcy and routine in your day.

– Take a moment each day to focus on the big picture.

– Accept that some days you may not be “okay” and roll with your emotional wave.

– Allow yourself and your loved ones to have their own emotional process.

– Get outside, even in your yard, and enjoy time with loved ones.

– Organize your home and declutter-support by offering others what you have but don’t need around the home.

– Stay connected to your support system.

– Have quiet time in your home daily in order to give each other emotional and physical space.

– Engage in a hobby (reading, crafts, exercise at home, etc.)

– Ask how you can be of support to others in ways that feel comfortable to you. Reach out and check on at least 1 person each day who is a loved one, friend or acquaintance.

– Think about a way to support community members through service of any form.

– Support local businesses- shop online, get takeout food, etc.

– Be mindful of the way that you set social limits with friends.

– Reach out for support.

– Create some form of structure for your children who are home from school.

– Be aware of what you put onto social media, ask yourself if this is a necessary and helpful post?

– Do not send unproductive posts, emails, or texts of panic and alarm to others.

– Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Limit your exposure to news and the topic of COVID-19 to 30 minutes daily in order to obtain necessary information.

– Don’t forget to LAUGH – humour can be the best medicine.

– Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.

– Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

– It is normal to feel stressed or anxious in these situations. For support with grief, anxiety, distress or mental well-being, call or text the free ‘Need to talk?’ service on 1737. This is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for you to talk things through with a trained counselor.