Depending on your current living situation, you might be having an absolute rough go of it at the moment.
Current chaos aside, even people who live in a healthy situation are feeling the brunt of it as lockdowns continue across Australia, so the mental health of many is undoubtedly taking a huge hit.
If you’re struggling to cope with your living situation, here are a few ways that might help, even just a little.
Do you have a friend or close person you can regularly chat to?
There’s nothing more cathartic than having a big old cry on the phone to someone you love – even if it is only a temporary break from reality.
If you’re lucky enough to have someone close to you, who you feel comfortable enough to chat to on the phone, take the opportunity as often as you can. Sure, you’ll still be at home by the end of it, but at least you’ll feel the benefits of that brief escape.
Make the most of the area you live in
This is going to sound cliché on so many levels, but getting out of the house for a few hours of exercise or casual strolling can also be a nice relief from home life.
For those living in states with strict exercise times still in place, make the absolute most of those one-or-two-hour sessions. Explore areas you haven’t already, maybe take a photo of a cute flower, listen to some music and try to shut off for a while.
‘Stop to smell the roses’ has really just clicked for me…29 years later.
If you can, communicate your feelings and boundaries
This won’t always be an option for everyone, but if it’s plausible, speak with the people you’re living with to make sure everyone’s on the same page and use the chat as an opportunity to set up some boundaries.
Again, this won’t always be feasible but if you have the means to do so, go for it. Clear boundaries and personal space are huge advantages amid our painful living situations.
Call a professional
If you’re struggling and don’t see it getting any better, always know that there are professionals out there ready to chat. Give Kids Helpline a ring if you’re under 25, or head here for help if you’re over 25.
It can be a really positive decision to speak to someone outside of your friends and family, as they’ll be able to give you an objective outlook on your situation.
Looking for a safe space to chat with others going through challenges just like you? Check out Kids Helpline’s My Circle – the social platform that’s good for your mental health! Free, private and anonymous, My Circle is open to 13-25-year-olds across Australia!Image: iStock / baona