How Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can stay healthy and strong during the coronavirus: be practical and prepared

This information was extracted with permission from an article originally published by Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Australia, the new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Indigenous) social and emotional wellbeing, mental health and suicide prevention national leadership body. You can read the original and complete article here.

Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Australia acknowledges and pays respect to Elders, both past and present and all generations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples now and into the future as the Traditional Owners of this land.

How Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can stay healthy and strong during the coronavirus: be practical and prepared

We are all feeling worried and stressed about the coronavirus. Our lives are changing in many ways, and we have to prepare ourselves. Life won’t be the same until the virus is under control, but with the right information and a sensible approach, the road ahead can be easier and less stressful. To stay mentally strong, here are some tips:

Be practical and prepared as things change

It’s good to think ahead more than usual at this time. There’s no need to hoard things, but have some back-up food and supplies in storage, And, if you rely on a medication, have an extra script filled for peace of mind. Make sure the car is registered and so on. Make a list or keep a calendar of all the things you need to know about for the next 1-3 months like medical appointments or bills to pay. Keep a list of important phone numbers or contacts and help others to do the same, especially older people who may become more isolated or stressed during this time.

Create a Stay Strong Plan

Think about all the things that keep you and your family strong and what you might need to help. Learn some new ways to talk about what is going on with the family. Make sure you check in with everyone and see how they are going. Do a check on yourself, how are you going? What do you need so you can stay strong to help others? Plan with family or friends what you will do once the virus is under control – go on a holiday, go to the beach, have a party or catch up with your grannies...


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