We are living in tough and trying times. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has had a profound impact on our day to day lives, and we are all experiencing heightened anxiety, confusion and isolation. It’s okay not to be okay.
This is an unprecedented situation. Never before have our civil rights ever been so restricted, even if it is for the common good. Never before, in our lifetimes, have we faced such a global and widespread threat, on the heels of the most devastating bushfire season in Australian history. People with disability, their families and communities, are all hurting right now.
Many people have lost their jobs. We’ve been asked to make huge changes to the way we live, and for the most part, we have It is taking an increased toll on people. It is important to take care of yourself during this period of uncertainty and isolation from friends, family and community.
Stay connected with friends and family. Try Zoom or another video calling platform so that you can see and hear your friends and family. It is important to catch up, to talk and to listen to each other. If you would normally meet up with a few friends for a drink or a coffee, try to stick to that routine and make it a virtual catch up instead. Make a time to call someone on the phone, write a letter or send something through the mail.
Find things to do
If you are bored and alone, now is a great time to pick up that paintbrush or pen… read a book, find joy in baking or do a puzzle. Learning and improving your skills for re-entry to the workforce when all this subsides is a great way to use your time.
Take it easy
Be kind to yourself. If you are trying to work from home, facilitate your child’s online learning as well as their emotional and physical wellbeing, all while trying to take care of other vulnerable people like older parents or grandparents who are self-isolating… know that you are doing the best you can and that you can’t do everything for everyone. Take some deep breaths, run yourself a hot bath or use an aromatherapy diffuser and some soft music to create a sense of calm. Mindfulness and relaxation can also helpful at times like these. Take some time away from the news or social media.