Got the COVID-19 Lockdown Blues?

January 13, 2022

It’s normal to be experiencing feelings of anxiety, stress and depression during lockdown in Melbourne. This period has been a stressful time of uncertainty, and this takes its toll on all of us.

However, rather than resorting to medication and other unnatural alternatives for coping with anxiety, it’s much better to try natural remedies. Treatments like acupuncture can often do much more for improving stress and mood support than traditional medications.

If you’re looking for ways to mentally “bounce back” from the trauma of COVID-19 and the resulting lockdowns, here are some revitalising holistic natural treatments which are sure to help restore and rebalance your physical and mental wellbeing.


Acupuncture for stress and mood support

Stress, anxiety and depression are all things that can easily interrupt our body’s natural flow of energy (qi). This blockage can then cause digestive issues, high blood pressure, stiffness/soreness and trouble getting to sleep at night.

Acupuncture treatment aims to improve your blood circulation for increased oxygenation and the flushing out of cortisol and other unwanted chemicals. This process also releases endorphins in our brain, which alleviates pain and reduces stress levels.

The treatment itself is often enough to help you relax right from the moment you lay down and get comfortable on the table. Acupuncture generally takes place in a calm, quiet setting where you can relax and unwind.



Naturopathy is a holistic approach to natural health that encompasses everything from herbal medicine to homeopathy, flower essences and a wide range of other healing modalities.

By seeing a practitioner who specialises in naturopathy, together you can determine what factors are causing your physical and mental ailments, and develop a tailored treatment plan for targeted results.

Naturopathy also involves identifying lifestyle changes that will result in improved long-term health. Needless to say, this kind of treatment is highly relevant at the moment, with COVID-19 lockdowns taking a huge toll on people’s state of mind and – as a result – their physical health too.


Treat yourself to a well-deserved massage

At the end of the day, a thorough remedial massage to loosen those tight knots and stiff joints accumulated over lockdown might be all you need in order to feel refreshed and revitalised.

When possible, consider booking yourself in for a massage treatment as a way to “close the book” on the stress and anxiety associated with the pandemic, and start a new post-COVID chapter as we emerge from lockdown and return to normal life again.


Essendon Natural Health provides acupuncture, naturopathy, massage and other natural health treatments

For holistic natural health services that can help you alleviate COVID-19 lockdown blues and restore your mental health, please don’t hesitate to book an appointment at Essendon Natural Health online today. We also specialise in osteopathy, myotherapy, hypnotherapy and other natural health services.

Robert Gentile

B.C.M (Hons), C.Clin.Prac (China), C.Toyohari. Registered Acupuncturist and Herbalist. Integrative Natural Medicine Practitioner.

Robert is a passionate and warm practitioner who has an extensive knowledge of integrative and functional natural medicine. He is down to earth and has an interest in organic foods, gardening and sustainable living. With over a decade of experience, he is renowned for being very thorough by both fellow practitioners and patients alike.