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In the time of social distancing to quell the spread of COVID-19, consider how to keep your stress levels down and care for your mental health, along with thinking about your physical health.

Social distancing in light of the COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented in our recent history and it has affected society globally. It is understandable that there is broad anxiety around the new situation in which we find ourselves.

This is expected as the uncertainty about how the virus and the national State of Disaster that has been implemented, will play out. Added to remote working and school and social shut down, this is a time of strain. Are you prepared to assess and optimise your mental wellbeing in the time of COVID-19?

Dr Mosima Mabunda, Head of Wellness at Discovery Vitality says: "While we do not attempt to address clinical mental illness, Vitality suggests a holistic approach through which we can maintain good mental wellbeing."

“For instance, we advocate healthy eating which can assist with sleep and mood. Exercise and movement can help to ease certain symptoms of mild depression. Positive effects result from as little as 15 minutes a day of low-intensity exercise (like housework or taking a walk), gentle stretching and moving,” she says.

The importance of mental wellbeing

Now more than ever, we need guidance on how to improve our mental wellbeing and tools to help us cope with life's many challenges and inconveniences. Good mental wellbeing helps you to realise your full potential, to be more productive at work or school, and to make meaningful contributions to society. That's why Discovery Vitality has a new programme to help our members assess and improve their mental wellbeing.

Caring for your mental wellbeing at home

While we stay home to help flatten the COVID-19 curve, you can make mental wellbeing part of your daily routine with Vitality at Home. Visit the Vitality Mental-Wellbeing Channel to get inspired with videos on mindfulness, yoga and stretches, and advice from our wellness experts. Plus, learn how to improve your mental wellbeing with expert podcasts coming soon.

For a preview, watch this video where comedian Riaad Moosa shares how he and his family stay active and take care of their mental wellbeing during COVID-19.

And, earn 500 Vitality points for mental wellbeing assessments

Vitality members can now earn 500 Vitality points for completing key mental wellbeing assessments at home. These online assessments focus on six areas that influence your overall state of mental wellbeing:

  1. Resilience
  2. Depression
  3. Anxiety
  4. Wellbeing
  5. Drinking
  6. Sleep

You can take these assessments twice a year every six months, and you'll receive 500 Vitality points when you complete all the assessments. This means you could earn 1 000 Vitality points a year. The assessment take up to 10 minutes to complete.

Your first step in improved mental wellbeing

Doing these assessments is a critical first step in achieving overall mental wellbeing. When you complete your assessments for the first time, it will create a mental wellbeing profile for you. You will also have access to tailored recommendations and interventions based on your risk. These could be videos and apps to help you practise mindfulness and sleep better, counselling over the telephone, or referrals to healthcare professionals.

How to get started

Log in to your Vitality profile on the Discovery website. You'll find the mental wellbeing assessments with all your other personalised health checks and assessments under Vitality > Know your health. Click on the mental wellbeing assessments and follow the on-screen instructions to get started.

It's time to take care of your mental wellbeing and live a life of purpose. Log in to the Discovery website and take the mental wellbeing assessments to get started.

Stay home. Stay mindful. Stay rewarded.

This post and content is sponsored, written and provided by Discovery Vitality.