Even if you're not currently in lockdown this would be a great resource to record your Covid experience. The journal is by Australian teacher, author and motivational speaker, Sharon Witt. You can order it at https://www.sharonwitt.com.au.
It is human nature to be selfish. Consider also the fact that the part of the brain that regulates decision-making is not fully developed in teenagers so you act impulsively and don't always consider the consequences of your actions - so it's even more difficult for you. But the middle of a global pandemic is not the time to ice selfish. We all have to be a lot more selfless and consider the greater good of our communities and country. This is a once in a hundred year occurrence so you likely won't experience anything else like it in your lifetime. The pandemic won't last forever - one day you will be able to go to the beach, have parties and travel again. But for now we need to be unselfish and follow the directives of our government. Failing to do so will make this whole saga drag on for longer. Anti-maskers, quarantine breakers, those who refuse to obey restrictions and those who go out when they are sick are being selfish. Now is not the time. We're all in this together!
The restrictions in place during the Covid 19 pandemic have meant that we have had very little face to face interaction apart from the people we live with. As restrictions ease, most states are allowing people to gather in small groups (while still maintaining 1.5m distance). You can still connect with your friends online but that's not the same.
Covid 19 may have also impacted your physical activity as organised sports and gyms closed down. Why not get together with a friend (or several) to enjoy some face to face social connection and physical activity. You could go for a bike ride, walk the dog, go for a jog, do your own yoga, pilates or HIT session at the park, or go for a walk on the beach. If the weather is not suitable for outdoor activities, find an online exercise class or dance lesson to do together. An added bonus is that you can motivate each other to move your bodies and possibly get some fresh air.
NOTE: Please check the restrictions in your state.
The Butterfly Foundation has an interesting article on eating disorders and Covid 19. The stress and changes in routine brought about by Covid 19 can lead to a significant increase in eating disorder thoughts and behaviours. Butterfly Helpline Manager, Juliette Thomson, said, "eating disorders thrive in isolation so it's critical to stay connected with family and friends. Social media (when used appropriately), video calls, and phone calls – all play a part in making sure we stay connected. Set a time every day for a video call with a group of friends. Try to limit your exposure to news, and even then only at set times of the day, and only follow reputable sources. Practising mindfulness and engaging in journaling, meditating, chatting with friends, and other activities you enjoy can be extremely helpful during this challenging period."
The Butterfly Foundation has a helpline you can call - 1800 33 4673. Their website has resources about body image and eating disorders - https://butterfly.org.au. Did you know that it is estimated that 4% of Australians are currently experiencing disordered eating (https://www1.racgp.org.au). There is help available - a trip to see you family doctor is the first step. As a recovered eating disorder sufferer I can assure you that there is life after disordered eating.
This song is about celebrating your birthday in isolation. See our post tomorrow for ideas on how to celebrate in isolation.
Dr Karl has some useful information about why we have to keep our distance from everyone right now.