Introduction

A new world order has emerged since the original lockdown was announced and implemented in many countries worldwide in March 2020 to minimise the spread of the novel Corona virus (COVID-19). Despite substantial efforts of the medical and scientific world to contain the virus, second and third waves with new variants still wreak havoc in many countries in the world. Massive logistical processes and activities have been put in place to roll-out the vaccination programme, yet still, in many countries, this essential intervention towards final herd immunity against the virus, is falling behind schedule with widespread consequences. COVID-19 is still with us and very real.  Efforts to maintain social distancing, the wearing of masks and minimising social events that can erupt as super spreaders will remain with us for a long time to come.   During the last year our social interactions with other people, a blueprint for sustained mental well-being in humans, has been abruptly curtailed. This, together with the loss of family and friends due to COVID in addition to ongoing disturbing social media and TV coverage of the spread of the virus in second and third waves worldwide, and continued worry about the well-being of our loved ones, family and friends, can raise our stress levels and feelings of isolation. It can lead to feelings of anxiety which may result in a deep depression.

There are many simple ways to deal with stress and anxiety during this time. We have put together a daily programme to assist you with dealing with these uncomfortable feelings and restore your inner peace and well-being. The FREE 7 Day Mental Kit for Surviving COVID Lockdown and thereafter is designed to help you through tough times like these. This online course will guide you in taking simple steps to ensure that you stay mentally fit and healthy during lockdown but also during any stressful time thereafter.

NOTE: This course was originally designed shortly after strict COVID lockdown regulations were implemented.  However, since then we have progressed through various stages of lockdown, yet we still have to maintain some basic rules to minimise transmission of the virus. This is 2021, a year later from strict lockdown, we have learnt to cope in many innovative ways, but many issues are still ongoing, and all have a cumulative effect on our mental health and well-being. Therefore, we have decided to update this course with some additional information but have kept most of the modules intact. Use them as a sounding board and tick off if you managed to implement some of the sound advice that was presented. We have added a module on burn-out as we have experienced that as one of our major challenges during this unusual period.  Use it as a time for inner reflection and apply the advice given to minimise total burnout! 

 

Who Should Enrol

Members of the general public wishing to maintain and improve mental health and well-being during periods of stress such as COVID-19 with all its ramifications.

Learning Outcomes

After completion of this learning experience, participants should be able to:

  • Achieve a state of alert, focused relaxation by deliberately paying attention to thoughts and sensations without judgement.
  • Create a daily routine that supports and promotes a sense of purpose and well-being.
  • Utilise creative activities to promote mental health steadiness.
  • Implement a physical exercise programme to contribute to overall well-being and fitness.
  • Utilise various available modalities and techniques, e.g., music, focussed thought, speaking books, videos to transform anxiety to positive activities.
  • Demonstrate techniques to deal with depression and feelings of isolation and anxiety.
  • Connect to a place of inner peace.
  • Recognise symptoms of burnout and plan to avoid suffering from it.

 

Course Design

The following modules are covered in this short course:

Day 1 – Introduction to the Importance of Mental Well-being

Day 2 -  Mindfulness and meditation

Day 3 – Planning your day - The importance of routines and discipline

Day 4 – How to cope with anxiety through music therapy

Day 5 – Exercise and Lifestyle adaptations

Day 6 – Stimulating creativity 

Day 7 –Dealing with depression, anxiety  and anger

Course Design

Online education through interactive learning activities, videos, presentations and articles.

The course is designed in such a way that different topics are covered over a seven-day period in order to maintain and improve mental resilience applicable to any stressful time in life such as we are experiencing now with COVID-19 and certain levels of lockdown.

Certification

To qualify for the certificate of completion for this short course, participants should complete the full course and pass the assessment with a minimum mark of 50%.

Course Duration

This short course should take approximately 1 hour per day to complete over a period of 7 days.

Contact

School of Health Sciences

Tel: 012 110 4080/ 087 821 1109

Email: healthscience@foundation.co.za

Address: P.O. Box 75324,

Lynnwood Ridge, 0040

Website: www.foundation.co.za

Address: P.O. Box 75324, Lynnwood Ridge, 0040

 





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Members of the general public wishing to maintain and improve mental health and well-being during periods of stress such as COVID-19 with all its ramifications.