Coping with COVID

Coping with COVID at home

Responding effectively to the COVID crisis

An approach to keeping important elements of life on track during a difficult time. Being deliberate will help you cope with COVID. Make your own version of the Wellness Wheel with the elements that are important  to you. 

Wellness Wheel

A quick check in on self care

This worksheet accompanies the video from Jess and Dr Al about coping with COVID-19 and remembering to keep an eye on your self-care, even in isolation or lockdown. 

Our approach matters

A 'Warrior' versus 'Worrier' approach

Dr Al suggests that if you catch yourself acting  in 'worrier' mode, gently try to nudge that behaviour into a 'warrior' approach. Doing so will make things more tolerable, not doing so may erode resilience. 

This changes everything

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is caused by the RNA virus SARS-CoV-2

This virus attacks cells with an ACE receptor. These occur in the lung on cells called type 2 pneumocytes. The job of type 2 pneumocytes is to make surfactant. Surfactant is what keeps the gas exchanging sacks in our lungs open. When these cells get attacked it causes damage, marked inflammation and impairs our ability to get oxygen and get rid of carbon dioxide. That all adds up to something that can become very serious. Deadly serious. 

Washing hands limits the spread

If you're sick, your mucus may be rife with infective particles. 

The Myth Busters team use a fluorescent dye to track the spread of simulated nasal mucus in a small gathering.

Whilst this is not real mucus, it's shows how things can spread easily without care. So take care not to spread those secretions! 

This Way Up - Online psychological courses

Psychoeducation and skills


I previously worked at ThisWayUp. I have no ongoing affiliation but I was impressed at the recovery rate of people who did their online courses. About 50% of people who completed the six session Mixed Mood and Anxiety course no longer met diagnostic criteria for their disorder.


That's huge.


It's usually AUD$59.00, but with the Covid outbreak it's free for all.



Making a standard surgical mask safer.

Three elastic bands and a surgical mask.


Real results. Amazingly simple.

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Russ Harris

Responding effectively to the COVID crisis

Some helpful ideas on coping in these crazy circumstances 

Got enough Masks, does your hospital?

HEPA vacuum filters can make masks - we think

They're not kidding. Some hospitals are running out of masks and healthcare workers are on the front line without adequate protection. Can you help protect them? Can you help protect yourself? Using HEPA vacuum filter bags to make effective masks? Please don't buy up the vacuum bags, but if you've got some at home perhaps this project will help you feel like your fighting - and give you a project.

Got some spare time?

Feeling productive improves our mood

Do you have clutter? Overstuffed drawers? Exploding linen cupboards? Keep telling yourself that you don't have time to deal with it? 

Put this time to use and sort out your space. Marie Kondo might be able to give you some good tips. 

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