Crazy socks for docs

This initiative started in 2018 but I first heard of it when Mind Body Miko brought this up in 2019. Crazy Socks for docs is a month-long initiative to support doctors and healthcare professionals. Here you wear different colored socks and you post your pictures on Instagram.

I did this last year too and it was awesome.

The doctors and healthcare staff always feel stressed and burned out. They work long hours to keep us healthy and safe. On top of that they feel anxiety and people don’t really understand that they need their rest. In May and June I have been working super hard to fight this Covid19 pandemic and the economic losses that we face.

As we all know stress plays a huge role in our health and its important that healthcare staff stay focussed on helping to win the battle against Covid19

I loved wearing stockings on my runs just for a bit of crazy fun. I got no injuries from it because I didn’t go as fast as I would have.

Lets hope that with this Coronavirus pressure, doctors and nurses take some time off for themselves. If you can you should stay at home to help ease the pressure off our doctors and nurses.

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Doctors and stress during the pandemic

During the pandemic many people have put off going to their GP’s for routine checkups and other things that needed to be done.

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Doctors are trying to fight this pandemic and so they are feeling the stress of it all. In Germany doctors have had to deal with the influx of patients due to the pandemic. But they all had each other who motivated them to work hard.

Many are experiencing burnout at the moment. They don’t know what’s coming next. They work long hours just to keep us safe.

How can doctors and nurses manage their stress?

They can make sure that they are not working long hours, eat a healthy diet, exercise and get enough sleep. And no that does not mean in the waiting room in the hospital. It means a proper bed.

And doctors and nurses need to make sure that they get their rostered days off. If you don’t you should speak up about this.

How you can help doctors to manage their COVID stress!

We recognise that the pandemic is long and therefore we encourage everyone to be patient and not put off a routine visit or a normal visit. If you do that your chances of getting Covid19 would be higher.

Also do practice social distancing and staying at home when you can. I know this is painful but we will get through it. Just be patient. Don’t go out to the shops and buy unnecessary things.

Do go out for exercise each day. Exercise helps to soothe the mind.

Eat a healthy diet and don’t skimp on medications and other supplements that you need. The chemist is always open. If you skimp on the things that you need just because you’re trying to save money, you’ll hurt yourself in the long run and who knows? you might even get Covid19.


The WHO’s report on Mental Health

The WHO has published a report on mental health during the Coronavirus lockdowns. The report covers the extent of the mental health problem and gives some ways of mental health recovery. The global economy loses more than $1 trillion each year due to anxiety and poor mental health issues such as depression.

Covid 19

During the Covid19 pandemic so far there has been a lot of stress, not just from job losses but also from the virus itself. People are worried about getting it. The most vulnerable are at the highest risk of getting the virus such as the elderly.

In Australia we have been really lucky to have the parks and some of the beaches open during the pandemic. But we have also had our fair share of the mental health problems. The Government money that we receive has been very swift unlike Thailand who had to wait a while

The social distancing measures that each country has put in place has put an enormous strain on our mental health services. People are becoming more and more depressed and that would lead to suicide if not treated early.

Frontline workers such as those in hospitals face enormous stress. In Britain the stress was way before the pandemic.

Here the ways that WHO will tackle mental health in the weeks, months and years to come.

  1. Promote mental health more regularly. Governments should do more to include mental health in their COVID19 messaging.
  2. Ensure that all countries in the world have emergency support for mental health. This can be volunteer-run online to help those that are in disadvantaged communities (ie: third world countries). Also, people who are disabled or elderly or have chronic conditions should have their mental health needs met.
  3. Support COVID19 recovery by building mental health services for the future. Globally there is one mental health professional for every 10,000 people. Mental health should be included in health care benefit packages such as Medibank so that people of low incomes can afford them.

What the UN can do?

The UN will assist countries in research and development of mental health strategies as well as support and recovery. As countries emerge out of lockdown they will need all the help they can get.


Coronavirus lockdown sees a spiral in mental health issues

As reported by the ABC coronavirus lockdown has seen a spiral in mental health issues. All over the world people have suffered due to this coronavirus lockdown.

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America is the worst hit country and its going into a mental health crisis. Right now there is a lot of suffering going on there as the death rate rises each day.

The Independent says that this problem is serious, but just how serious is it? We don’t really know until later on when we find out the true cost of all this. People are feeling a lot of anxiety surrounding jobs and money and living conditions.

The Guardian says that Britons will suffer a lot of health problems due to this pandemic. They say that these problems will happen in the years to come, which is also true for Australia if we don’t get our act together and start acting now.

The months ahead

As restrcitions get looser and looser we will see people getting out and about but it won’t be business as usual. There will be lots of businesses that have lost staff as well as money and we will see a bit of a decline.

Gyms will see a lot more people who are depressed and I’m not sure that they can handle it well as it is outside their scope of practice. Albeit the mental health proffesionals have seen an increase in calls for help.

So far there isn’t a lot of research about this topic, but in the months ahead things will become a lot clearer


Staying connected

During the coronavirus staying connected is important for mental health and wellbeing. We are social beings that love to talk and stay connected. Staying isolated is not our thing.

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You might be lucky to be living with people. But for some of us we are isolated from everyone.

Ring your friend

Many phone companies offer free minutes if your friend is with the same company as you are.

Going out

Just check your states restrictions on going out and being socially distant. Don’t go out if you do not need to. Also check your states restrictions on visiting people.

Online

It could via What’s app or Instagram, Wechat, Facebook etc. Or you can start a blog and write about stuff each and every day. This way you can connect with people all around the world.

On Facebook you can video call them.

On Instagram you can tell stories and people reply to your stories. Pre Covid19 I never needed to take photos of myself. But now due to the restrictions in place I did that just to let people know that I am ok. There is Tiktok but I haven’t tried that.

You can also volunteer in many charities online. Many of them are asking for donations to help their Covid19 causes. And some of them have some sort of challenge (ie cooking challenge) that you can do to pass the time.


We are all well and thinking of you

Dear all,

Am thinking of you like crazy. These couple of months we thought of you guys in the US like crazy and now that things are getting way out of hand over in Minneapolis I just want you to know that we are here for you. #blacklivesmatter

Today (6/6/2020) about 5000 of us in Melbourne and 5000 people in Sydney marched for you. They marched for you to get equal treatment . We risked our lives for you.

These last few months we stayed at home for you and wrote for you. And we prayed for you that you’ll get through all of this. We still pray that you’ll get through. Mainly we will get through this and see you on the other side. On the other side I would love to visit you and maybe run Boston for a charity that means well and gives to the poor, knowing that you are going through an unemployment crisis. I would love to share a doughnut with you, heck maybe even a hamburger with you. And together we can all have a drink to say thanks for staying the course and sticking through until the end.

I know that times are tough now but they will get better in the end. Just hang in there and know that we will be with you every step of the way no matter where we are.

x Healthyintstudents


Staying positive during Covid times

As people it is imperative to stay positive during times of need. We are used to being social beings so when the Covid came it was hard to self isolate. Most people hav has lost their jobs (due to shutdowns) or is grieving for someone. We are all in this together and we’ll come out at the other end feeling a whole range of emotions. But you need to stay positive during Covid19.

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And here’s how. I know our gyms are not opened at the moment.

The beach might be a good place to go. Here you can relax and not think about the Covid19. Also running or walking in the park is another idea.

Staying connected to your friends and family online is vital. Staying connected to your work team is important. You could do a zoom meeting or talk to Facebook. Or you can connect via Instagram. Check in on them and see how they are going. Compliment someone online. I’m sure they’d appreciate that, whether its a friend or a fellow stranger in one of your groups.

Make sure that you sleep properly every night. I know that this is an odd time, but it will pass.

Practice daily gratitude. Think of three things that you are thankful for each day. Maybe write them down if you can. This month and last month I have been journaling most days to chanel my inner work thoughts.

Volunteer- even though you may not be physically there, you can volunteer online. Many charities have cook offs and it feels good helping somebody. If you can on one of your weekly shops why not buy extra and donate it to a foodbank!


Bad mood and productivity

I got the idea from When Women Inspire. At times just like everyone else I get so overwhelmed with tasks and family life. Right now during Covid19 there is so much uncertainty around life, fitness, work and everything else.

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In a dream scenario everything goes to plan. You would get everything done on time and without hitches. But in real life it does not happen. Things change and they don’t always go to plan. Which is why people are in a bad mood sometimes. But its how you handle that bad mood and your productivity. For some people it goes out the window.

I don’t let bad mood get the better of me as that’s so unprofessional. But its ok if you’re not feeling ok.

Here are some ways that I found useful with dealing with bad mood

Divide tasks up into smaller tasks. Thus this will help you handle your procrastination.

Have some structure in your day. When you wake up in the morning get yourself organised for the day. Outline what you will do each working hour and have some breaks in between.

Reward yourself every time you complete a big task or a project

That could be going out for a meal or just enjoying a wine or two. Or it could be going shopping. Whatever things you like to do in your downtime.

Focus on the task and block out anything that is happening around you

As Nike’s motto is, “just do it”, you should just focus on the task at hand. And if anyone is giving you grief in the family you can just ignore them whilst you get the task done. Just tell them you’ll get back to them later. Just learn to say no to them.


The Push Up challenge

The Push Up challenge is a fun and free way to exercise and raise awareness about Headspace. Headspace is a mental health organisation and this year they have been at their busiest. They have been inundated with calls during the Coronavirus times.

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It is free to sign up and you can get people to donate to you. But it has been hard to bank the push ups. You have to bank them on your phone which for me I have the old Android and sometimes I cannot see the screen. I tried to do it on my desktop.

The challenge is to do 3046 pushups in 21 days- it would work out to 1015 pushups in a week and 250 pushups a day if you have two days of rest. But I did it in blocks of 50 so that I could have a rest in between sets. Everyday I did the push ups I recorded them on my phone.

It was good fun. I did have a couple of days where I had my period and where I had to rest. When I did the pushups I felt less anxious. At times I felt tired but I just did it. I just got on with it.

You can do your pushups wherever it suits you, such as inside your house or outside.

I usually did it on the wall but sometimes I did it on the floor.

Do do the push up challenge next time it is around. This is good for your mental health and strength.


The May 50k

The May 50km challenge is a free walk/run challenge that take place in May for Mental Health. It is a virtual challenge that you can do anywhere that you like. I signed up for this challenge because I really wanted to encourage you guys out there to get back to your gym when the pandemic finishes and to keep on exercising.

It is vital that we look after our mental health right now by going out each day for some fresh air if you can.

I signed up for it and it was easy. They are trying to raise money for MS and research surrounding MS

You record your trip details via Strava or Garmin if you have. 50km would work out to be 31 miles if you are from the US and the UK and other places of the world.

It was really easy to do as I did three to four times a week of runs of about 5-10km each. I explored lots of places during that time. Of course I practiced social distancing by not running in populated places. There were lots of lovely sunny days outside. Being in autumn we had such lovely weather. And lovely weather makes me happy to run. But on the rainy and cold days I walked.

Doing these runs made me feel good and during this pandemic we all need to look after our mental health and stay sane.