Loneliness: the solution is community

It is Neighbourhood Centre Week this week and the theme is “Loneliness: the solution is community”. You might be wondering how you can stay connected when we are “socially distancing” or “self isolating” especially if you live alone. However, even during these exceptional times there are ways you can stay connected:
• Stay in touch with friends and family via email, phone & video calls, texting – or even write a letter!
• Join an on-line community – there is one for every kind of interest and most neighbourhoods have a community group
• Organise to watch a movie or TV show at the same time as a friend, make some popcorn and then message each other as if you were sitting in the same room
• Find a buddy, or group of friends, 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
• Call Lifeline on 13 11 14 if you need someone to talk to or you can text on 0477 13 11 14
• Get out in the fresh air every day for a walk – you’ll be exercising and you might see a friendly face
• Call Highlands Community Centres on 4862 1122 for information and referrals

A couple of general tips for overall wellbeing are:
• Keep doing things you enjoy
• Stick to a daily routine
• Get enough sleep
• Eat as well as you can

For further information, see links below:
https://www.lifeline.org.au/get-help/topics/mental-health-and-wellbeing-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak
https://headtohealth.gov.au/covid-19-support/covid-19/psychological-tips

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