Healthy living

COVID-19 health and wellbeing

COVID-19 has affected our routines and way of life, which can have an impact on our health and wellbeing.

It's important to look after your health while adapting to changes brought about by COVID-19.

Make sure to keep taking your usual medications, and go to your usual or scheduled doctor's appointments. If you are worried about going to see them in person, contact them to arrange a telehealth consultation.

To protect yourself and others, it's also recommended to get your annual influenza vaccination.

Look after your mental health

Being concerned about COVID-19 is a normal reaction. But, too much worrying can affect both our mental and our physical health.

Some ways to stay mentally healthy:

Read more about mental health.

For more information about support, resources and how to access services visit:

Eat healthy and nutritious foods

Good nutrition is essential for ongoing health and wellbeing. It's important to eat well and have a healthy diet with lots of different nutrients.

Read more about healthy eating or view our list of healthy recipes.

For tips on healthy eating and more recipes visit LiveLighter (external site).

To learn about nutrition and cooking skills visit Foodbank (external site).

Be physically active

Being physically active is vital for health and wellbeing. Read our tips for being active.

You can also find useful information and resources about keeping active while staying at home at LiveLighter (external site).

Limit alcohol consumption

With the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, it is a stressful time for many people with our daily lives changing. Some people may turn to alcohol for short-term stress relief or boredom, but rather than helping us cope, alcohol can make people feel more stressed and anxious.

For tips on reducing your drinking at home, visit Alcohol Think Again (external site).

Stop smoking

Smoking can put you at greater risk of getting chest infections and influenza, and emerging evidence suggests that smoking can be a significant risk factor for more severe symptoms of COVID-19.

Read facts about giving up smoking, getting ready to quit or helping others to quit.

Learn more about quitting smoking and find support by visiting the Make Smoking History (external site). If you’re thinking of quitting, visit WA Quitline (external site).

Prevent injuries

COVID-19 has caused many of us to make changes to our daily routines, and this can change our risk of injury.

Most injuries happen in and around the home, so take practical measures to make sure your home is safe for children and that your water recreation is safe.

For more information visit Kidsafe (external site) and the Royal Life Saving Society of Western Australia (external site).

It's also important for older adults know how to prevent falls. Find out more at Stay On Your Feet® (external site).

More information

Last reviewed: 10-12-2020
Coronavirus information helplines: 13 COVID (13 268 43). Interstate callers: 1800 595 206. International callers: +61 8 9118 3100.