Staying connected through the COVID-19 crisis:
If there is someone you think may struggle through social isolation, it is important to reach out to them and let them know you care:
– Call them to check on their welfare
– Send an email
– Leave a note under their door (whilst adhering to current Government guidelines)
Don’t underestimate the power you have to offer hope to another person.
Now is the time to get creative with how we interact. Here are some ways to stay connected if self-isolating:
– Set up a gratitude tree, where every member posts a message or sends a text to other members to share something they are grateful for. (See templates.)
– Find a buddy, or group, to set daily challenges with. These could include a healthy habit, a mindful practice, a creative pursuit. Be sure to encourage and check in daily to stay motivated.
– Set dates and times to watch the same TV shows/movies with someone and message each other your thoughts along the way… kind of like Goggle Box but you’re not sharing the couch!
– If your local community has one, join its social media group! This will keep you up to date with what’s going on directly around you. It may also include ways you can perhaps reach out and connect with someone less fortunate than you and ways to assist them.
– Join The Kindness Pandemic Facebook page or go to their website (https://www.thekindnesspandemic.org/ ) so you can see great stories of the way people are spreading kindness during these trying times.
Where to go for support?
It is extremely important to seek out help if you feel you need it. Lifeline is available to offer support and listen. Lifeline is committed to ensuring their services continue as normal during this time.
Lifeline phone: 13 11 14 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Lifeline Text: 0477 13 11 14 6pm – midnight (AEDT), 7 nights a week
Lifeline webchat is available 7pm – midnight (AEDT), 7 nights a week
Kids Helpline – for children that may need support
1800 55 1800 https://kidshelpline.com.au
Beyond Blue – 1300 22 4636 https://beyondblue.org.au
And remember…we are all in this together.
(Information taken from lifeline.org.au)