People to stay connected during social distancing

CONNECTED: Lain Montgomerie says people can stay connected with people through online technology. Photo: supplied

CONNECTED: Lain Montgomerie says people can stay connected with people through online technology. Photo: supplied

While many are trying to maintain their physical fitness without sport, training sessions or their gym, Mentally Fit EP is reminding people to maintain their mental health during these uncertain times.

While people are practicing social distancing to limit the threat of spreading COVID-19, people are reminded they can still connect with others so they do not feel alone.

Mentally Fit EP community development officer Lain Montgomerie said it was important to remember it was only physical distancing and people still had ways to be social.

She said technology would play a big part, with apps like FaceTime and Skype and people can chat with their neighbours at an appropriate distance.

"I've seen young people around Port Lincoln who are doing pen-pal letters...which is a beautiful way to keep in touch," she said.

"We must remind ourselves we're not stuck at home but staying at home to keep ourselves safe."

Mentally Fit EP has been sharing resources and tips on its Facebook page, along with video updates from committee members and activities including "knock off drinks" via the Zoom app.

Mrs Montgomerie said just like how people liked to do different things to build up their physical fitness, whether it was going for a run or doing aerobics, there were different options to improve your mental fitness.

"Some people might like getting out and gardening, some people like reading a book and others like watching a movie, it's about doing what is good for you," she said.

Mrs Montgomerie said even though people are practicing social isolation people were not alone and as a community locals could still stay connected and do what felt good to them to get through this uncertain time.

Information about resources available including phone numbers for services can be found on the Mentally Fit EP Facebook page.