COVID-19 wellbeing support

There are some important things that you can do to help management your symptoms and recover from COVID-19.

Food and fluid

Your body needs good, healthy food to help fight COVID-19 infection and support recovery.
Tips to maintain good nutrition include:

  • Eat a balanced diet with lots of fruit and vegetables.
  • Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, unless your doctor says otherwise.
  • Monitor the colour of your urine – pale yellow means you are well hydrated, whereas dark yellow means you are dehydrated and should drink more fluids. If drinking more fluids does not improve the colour of your urine (to pale yellow) you should tell the COVID-19 Response Care Team.

You may not feel hungry or find eating hard if you are breathless or feeling sick. Try eating small amounts of food and taking sips of water more frequently.

Sleep

Getting enough sleep is important for your wellbeing and recovery from COVID-19.
Sometimes sleeping too much can make fatigue worse. Try to find a good balance. Tips for sleep include:

  • Make sure the room is dark and quiet.
  • Limit using your phone, devices or watching TV in bed.
  • Try to go to bed around the same time each night.
  • Avoid caffeine, smoking and alcohol, especially before going to bed.
  • Avoid exercise or heavy meals shortly before going to bed.

Sometimes it can be hard to fall asleep if you are thinking about lots of things, or if you feel anxious. If you haven’t been able to sleep after 20 minutes or so, try getting up and doing something relaxing (with the lights low or off), until you’re tired and then try to sleep again.

If you use a CPAP machine to help you sleep, please tell the COVID-19 Response Care Team. It is important to use your CPAP machine while you have COVID-19.

Mental health

Having COVID-19 or being in isolation can be stressful and may make you feel anxious. It is very important to take care of your mental health during this time.

Tips for looking after your mental health:

  • Keep in contact with friends and family.
  • Maintain a daily routine.
  • Practice meditation, relaxation or mindfulness.
  • Ask for help and support.

Visit the Mental health support page for information about looking after your mental health and wellbeing during isolation, as well as supports and services is available.

Rest and recovery

When recovering from illness, such as COVID-19, it is common for your symptoms and energy levels to change (sometimes better and sometimes worse). If you are feeling well, you may try to do more things, but this could make you feel unwell and you may need to rest.

Remember that you need rest to recover. All activity takes up energy (physical, mental and emotional). Keep a daily routine as much as you can and rest when you need to.

Longer term recovery from COVID-19

COVID-19 can cause other health issues, which may continue even after you have “recovered” (are no longer COVID-19 positive) and you have been released from isolation.

You may still have some symptoms when you are not COVID-19 positive. The time it takes to recover will change from person to person.