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Re: Let's Chat: Coronavirus

Hey @Bananatime04 

That sounds really stressful, but it means that you'll be even less likely to catch it.


Re: Let's Chat: Coronavirus

Hey @Bananatime04 , 


I know it can feel really scary and uncertain at the moment, and there's a lot of uncertainty about what will be happening in future weeks with schools and every day activities. 

I'm finding it helpful to try and keep my mind in the present as much as I can, and I found a list of tips from a psychologist about how to deal with anxiety around the COVID-19 virus to be really helpful too. 


Sorry for the copy/paste (I posted this in another thread earlier today!) but I thought it might be helpful in this thread, so here it is:


I also came across this great post of practical ideas to cope with the anxiety and overwhelm at the moment, you're so right, the constant vigilance feels exhausting and overwhelming. 


It's from a psychologist who works with kids and these are his ideas:


"Anxiety on the up? 


Turn off the news

Put the phone away for a few hours

Accept you can't control everything so work on what you can


Write in your journal

Clean or organise something

Listen to music


Watch a fun movie with the family

Board games


And my own additions - do something kind for someone else. 


I love the idea of these cards!


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Where you are, there's still less than 10 cases, so hopefully school closures may not happen. But I can understand the anxiety, the ReachOut community will all be right here for you, and everyone Heart 



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Re: Let's Chat: Coronavirus

Hey everyone,


I'm so glad this is a thread, I've been needing this in my life. As someone who already experiences quite a lot of worry and stress in my everyday life, I've felt pretty crap about this coronavirus stuff. It hit me like a tonne of bricks on Saturday when I realised my work may have to shut down at some point, and that my uni might shut down. Operative word here is "might" but it's still a bit scary.


So what have I been doing about it?

1. Resisted the urge to panic buy a tonne of items by going supermarket shopping with my friend and partner. That way, we could reassure each other that we don't need to buy 47 packets of pasta just because everyone else seems to be doing that. Thankfully the supermarkets now have signs up letting people know they can only buy a limited amount of things, but seeing bare shelves is a bit confronting. Also recognising my priviledge that I don't have to deal with scarcity in my every day life and that I usually don't even have to think about whether there will be food on the shelves at the supermarket. We are SO lucky in Australia. 


2. Taking a break from constantly consuming news and social media. 


3. Completing my uni work and trying (as much as possible) to go about my everyday activities as normally as possible, without putting myself in danger. This meant going to the doctor even though I was afraid of doing so, because I had to get a renewal on my mental health plan and results from a screening I did. I was worried but the doctor was completely fine, I didn't have to wait long and I sanitised when I left. 


4. Got some sunshine and played with my pet. Pets are awesome! SELF CARE!


I hope you all are doing okay. I feel for anyone with mental health problems or who is going through a time time with the coronavirus stuff. It absolutely sucks but also there are things we can try and do to help us feel a bit better. 

“Your now is not your forever."
― John Green, Turtles All the Way Down

Re: Let's Chat: Coronavirus

Hey @MisoBear I'm so glad that you're expressing how you feel about the virus. I think a lot of people have recently had that moment when the gravity of what is going on hits them like a tonne of bricks. 


What is really uplifting to see is that even though you're feeling stressed about the situation you're actively thinking about what to do. Thanks for sharing that - I think others will find your tips helpful. 


Pets are the best in times like this!! 


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I've been feeling kind of hopeless about the impacts of coronavirus. But I think it's important to remember that what we are feeling is valid and okay. Heart


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Thanks for everyone's wonderful advice in this thread. It's nice to see everyone coming together during this time. Heart

I've just been feeling so frustrated, for a number of reasons. It's a bit awkward, but i might just list them:

1. I'm frustrated at events being cancelled, obviously, and places being closed. I understand that this is the best possible option right now, but being out and active outside my home really helps with my mental health. Being stuck inside makes me ruminate. It's stupid, because sometimes all I do is not leave my house for weeks and not talk to anyone, but I'm feeling less connected to anyone than ever.

2. This seems unfair, but I've felt myself getting frustrated with all the resources suddenly being pulled together for people in isolation, even simple things like 'how to take care of yourself when social distancing'. They're nice, but... where are these resources for people who are housebound (whether for disability or mental health or other reasons) the rest of the time? Gyms and stuff are offering streaming into classes... why aren't these available regularly for people who are housebound because of disability etc? I can only hope this allows people to open up their eyes and see what isolation is really like for those that have to deal with it on the daily. Additionally, I hope it opens up a conversation about the necessities of basic healthcare.

3. Kind related, but it's weird seeing anxiety be so normalized. While I do sometimes have bad health anxiety, it's never extended to obsessive hand-washing etc and I really, really feel for everyone else with OCD (especially health-OCD) at the moment. But also, I feel bad about my regular struggles at the moment. My anxiety and depression seems so minimal and unimportant compared to the entire world in crisis... but unfortunately this makes things worse, lol.


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@Hozzles yeah a lot of housebound people are really frustrated that all the accommodations they've been fighting for are all of a sudden being given away.

I don't really have any advice but I just want to say you aren't alone in how you feel.


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Feeling super bummed out today because I'm an Irish-Australian and my family are all folk musicians and so March 17 (St Patricks Day!) is when a lot of memories have happened for me and usually I try to go to an Irish folk jam with my guitar or my mandolin but everything has been cancelled, which sucks. But I had a bit of an epiphany the other day and I posted about it on FB and it might be helpful for people on here:


"A comforting thought: how lucky are we that Covid-19 happened now, in the 21st century, in 2020!


How lucky are we that we live in an age where we know about hygiene and social distancing, rather than say, when we thought illnesses were caused by "bad air"? How lucky are we that we live in an age where vaccination is a thing and scientists are working on one as soon as possible?


How lucky are we to have technology that means that we can facetime friends and family all over the world? that we can still hear their voices and see their faces, quarantine be damned, cause we have The Internet! And we have Netflix, and online virtual libraries, and tutorials on YouTube, and all the knowledge you could ever want at your fingertips! How miraculous is that!


How lucky are we to live a world where anyone can whip out a smartphone and film the moment a whole quarantined apartment complex bursts into song! That in mere hours that video can go all the way from Italy to my timeline here in Australia!


Things sort of suck big time right now, but we are also so so lucky, and we're gunna get through this, and cause this is the 21st century, we're gunna have record that we did!"


Do with that what you will. But I'm glad we're dealing with it now, with all of the tech we have! 


My housemate had been really hospitable and let me put on my folk playlist and helped celebrate it with me,  but it feels sad not going out with my mando, because Irish folk music is very important to me and who I am! At least I have The Dubliners and someone who cares about the small things that make me happy! 


Re: Let's Chat: Coronavirus

Hi @trashconverters,


I can't begin to thank you enough for sharing your reflections about Coronavirus- so powerful when you put the lens on how equipped we are now in this century. We've just sent it around our team and all of us really appreciated this perspective! 


You are definitely right in saying that as hard as these times are, we are more connected by our technology and our science is more advanced than ever before. Your post gave me a strong feeling of hope and a reminder that together we can and will get through this! Heart Thank you!


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Hey @trashconverters , 


I just had to echo what Jess said, that was such a beautiful post, and I think you've captured so beautifully the things that we do have to be grateful for. 


One think I've been loving is how so many people are generously sharing the ideas they're having for what to do if they are kept at home, and I'm loving seeing the virtual music festivals, virtual museum tours, and beautiful moments of humanity being shared on social media. It reminds me just how lucky we are to be living in a world where we can experience that sort of connection from our lounge rooms. 


I also thought I'd share this checklist I saw on social media this morning - it's a massive master list of ideas of things to do if you're at home, and I found it really got me inspired to think about the things I CAN do, rather than the things I can't. 


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ReachOut have also just put out a great list of ideas of 10 ways to look after yourself during the coronavirus outbreak - self-care is always something we are massive fans of, and now more than ever it's great to take time to think about what might work for you Heart 


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