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Easy and practical tips to stay connected, stay healthy, stay active and stay informed so that you can keep yourself, the people you care about and your community safe.

The Coronavirus pandemic and the unusual conditions that have come with it, can leave us feeling stressed, anxious and alone.  To help our families, clients and community members get through this tough period, we will be sharing a weekly tip here to help you cope with COVID-19.


Stay Informed - Coping with COVID-19Selectively choose what and when you listen to news

There is a lot of information being circulated regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and while it’s important to stay up-to-date, it is best to choose your news sources wisely.

Opt for news sources that are reliable, such as information from the World Health Organization or Australian government.

It’s also a good idea to control when and how much news you take in. Your mental wellbeing is extremely important at this time, so if you are feeling unsure or anxious about the circumstances, try to give yourself a break from social media and news sources that might prompt a negative reaction.

For the latest updates from the Australian Government, visit https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-current-situation-and-case-numbers

For information from the World Health Organization, visit https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus#tab=tab_1

And of course, you can also visit our dedicated COVID-19 page if you are looking for updates relevant to our RFBI services at https://rfbi.com.au/covid19/


Stay Active - Coping with COVID-19

Join a virtual yoga or pilates class

Participating in a healthy and positive mental-health practice can help you manage stress during the coronavirus lockdown.

Stretch classes are great for the mind, for focusing, balance, preventing injuries and building core strength and overall wellbeing. There are a number of fitness, yoga and pilates studios now offering classes online, allowing you to easily practice at home. Best of all, many classes are free or are being offered at a heavily reduced rates.

Here are a few to try:

For more options, @Broadsheet has pulled together a great list, visit https://www.broadsheet.com.au/national/active/article/live-list-online-exercise-classes-do-your-living-room.


Stay Healthy - Coping with COVID-19

List the things you are grateful for each day

How we think has a great impact on our physical, mental and emotional health.

A great way to keep anxiety and bad thoughts at bay is to start your day by listing the things, and people, for which you are grateful. It can be on paper or just in your head.

It’s also a great way to end your day, so feel free to do both!


Stay Connected - Coping with COVID-19

Create fun and constructive ways to connect with your family at home

While many families are used to spending some time together, it can take some adjusting to spend 24/7 under the one roof!

It’s important to focus on the benefits and remain positive about the extra time together. Try creating some fun ways to connect and enjoy time together.

  • Use your front yard or driveway as a spot to put camper chairs and a fold out table to have some yummy drinks and snacks whilst taking in your neighbourhood.
  • Have one day where everyone dresses up in bright colours – you could even choose a different colour to wear on that day each week.
  • Decide on a renovation project or tidy-up job that everyone can be involved in, such as cleaning out a spare room or revamping an old table with some fresh paint.
  • As well as finding onscreen video games you can all enjoy indoors, play games outside. Some popular choices are hide and seek, frisbee, backyard cricket or invent a game together.

Coming up with things to do together can be fun in itself!


Stay Informed - Coping with COVID-19

Visit rfbi.com.au for the latest updates

There’s a lot of information going around regarding COVID-19. We’ve brought together the facts and translated them simply for you to understand on our dedicated Covid-19 page. The information is updated regularly so you can stay informed of changes and our response to protect our residents, clients, families and staff as things change and based on advice from our government and health authorities.

For information on Government initiatives and the latest coronavirus statistics please visit health.gov.au.


Stay Active - Coping with COVID-19

Dance the COVID-19 blues away

Music has a way of making us feel good and dancing is a fantastic way to boost the endorphins as well as stay active and fit. So turn up the radio, put on your favourite CD or stream a live concert and dance like no one is watching.

Your body, mind and spirit will thank you for it.


Stay Healthy - Coping with COVID-19

Tame anxious thoughts with facts

How we think has a great impact on our physical, mental and emotional health.

When we are feeling anxious, we tend to overestimate the danger in a situation and underestimate our ability to handle it. To overcome anxious thoughts, try to think of different interpretations to the situation that’s making you anxious, rather than jumping to the worst-case scenario, look at what has gone well during the day rather than what hasn’t.  Look at the facts for and against your thought being true.

Another useful tool is list 3 things that makes you happy at the start or end of the day or both! It helps keep positive thoughts front of mind.

For more information and tips on how to managing anxiety please visit beyondblue.org.au.


Stay Connected - Coping with COVID-19Use video or phone to stay connected with loved ones

When you can’t catch up in person, seeing each other via video or chatting on the phone is the next best thing. There are a range of free and easy to use apps available for you to stay connected with your loved ones.  Most can be used over a smart phone or computer/tablet.

Check out the links below to a few commonly used apps:


Stay tuned for more tips coming up next week!

You are always welcome to contact our team on covid19@rfbi.com.au. For information and answers to common questions, please read our FAQ sheet.