Tips to adapt to living in a COVID World – the New Normal
If the beginning of 2021 has taught us anything, it is that COVID-19 is here to stay. We need to work together and adapt to living in a new normal world to ensure we keep ourselves and our loved ones safe. To help our families, clients and community members adjust to the new normal, we will be regularly sharing tips here.
Remember! We all have the power to limit the spread of COVID-19. Let’s keep working together to protect each other.
As restrictions ease, it is easy to forget that COVID-19 is still among us. However, it is important to know the facts to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.
COVID-19 spreads primarily through close contact with someone who is infected, but it can also spread if you touch contaminated objects and surfaces. So if you touch something contaminated and then touch your face or another’s face, you may fall ill.
Reduce your risk of COVID-19 infection by following these simple steps:
- Clean your hands often
- Cough or sneeze into your bent elbow, not your hands
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Limit time spent in crowded places
- Avoid close contact with someone who is sick
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
Take changes a step at a time
We are living through a period of extraordinary change. Familiar routines involving work, school, exercise and weekend recreation can be disrupted suddenly if an outbreak occurs.
When these things happen, remember to take one step at a time and enjoy what each moment brings.
One question we hear is – can coronavirus survive in hot and humid climates? ☀️
From the evidence we’ve seen so far, COVID-19 can be transmitted in all areas, including environments that are hot and humid, or cold and dry. Regardless of the climate you live in, it’s important to follow precautions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
These include social distancing, washing your hands frequently or using hand sanitiser, abiding by government rules regarding gatherings, and covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow.
Remember to throw the tissue in the bin and wash your hands immediately afterwards.
Holiday in your own backyard
There is nothing like the excitement of an upcoming holiday and luckily for us, no matter where you are, there’s a spectular Australian destination waiting for you.
So why not plan a domestic trip. Not only will you help support our local economies as they cope with the decline from overseas and interstate travellers but there is more room for spontaneity in these uncertain times.
COVID-19 Quarantine – Do’s and Dont’s
If you were in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 or were in a hotspot, follow these quarantine Do’s and Don’ts to break the chain of COVID-19 transmission.
- Stay at home in a separate room to others. No visitors.
- Rest, hydrate and eat healthy foods
- Keep in touch with family and friends through social media, calls and text messages
- Monitor your health for symptoms including fever, cough and fatigue
If you develop symptoms, follow the Department of Health’s advise. If you have difficulty breathing, seek medical attention immediately.
- Go to work, school or university
- Go to religious gatherings or other places of worship
- Catch taxis, buses or any other public transport
- Participate in social or sports activities, family gatherings and weddings
- Share food, drinks, utensils or cups
- Go to cafes, restaurants, markets or other public places
Help stop the pandemic by getting vaccinated
The vaccination is an important tool to help us get back to normal and will give you the protection to go about your everyday lives. There are many reasons to get vaccinated such as:
– It offers you the best protection from COVID-19.
– It is a safer way to help build protection
– It will help STOP the pandemic
Remember, it is equally important that we continue to remain COVIDSafe.
Stay up to date with the latest progress, and to ensure your information is reliable, visit health.gov.au/covid19-vaccines
Another question we often heard get asked is – does drinking alcohol prevent COVID-19?
Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
– Drinking alcohol does not protect you against COVID-19 infection.
– If you have cold or flu symptoms, you do need to get a COVID-19 test and self-isolate until you receive your results.
– You can reduce your risk of coronavirus infection by frequently cleaning your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
– You should cover your mouth when you are coughing or sneezing with your flexed elbow or a tissue. It’s important to throw the tissue away straight after and then wash your hands.
Despite the vaccine rollout, it’s important to maintain social distancing and follow good hygiene practices. Always look to reliable sources for information on COVID-19, including government and health officials.
Create a space inside your space
There may be times when much of your life happens between four walls, particularly during the lockdowns we’ve recently experienced.
Having a designated space at home to work or study (or to journal!) can help maintain boundaries between work and play.
Take it one step further and dress to get into the right frame of mind. For example, put on work clothes if you are heading into your study for work. It can be challenging to whip up the motivation to meet a deadline when you’re in your pyjamas the entire day and dressing for the occasion will help you to leave the work day behind when you do finish.
Boost immunity through exercise
Regular physical activity can help strengthen your immune system and increase the chances of your body fighting off infections and viruses, including COVID-19 and others.
It is recommended you aim for 30 minutes of physical activity for three days a week to keep our immune system strong and efficient. This can include walking, biking, yoga, swimming, or other low impact workouts. 🏊
Give it a try — you will be stronger in more ways than one. Plus, you will feel better and have more energy!
Create more laughter in your life
Laughter is healing, rejuvenating and cultivates positivity, so it is no surprise that laughter is the best medicine.
Sometimes all it takes to perk yourself up is a fit of laughter and in today’s busy world, we could all use some more chuckles.
There are many reasons why laughter is the best medicine. Here are some ways to help bring more laughter into your life:
- Smile more
- Surround yourself with people who have a sense of humour
- Create space in your life for happiness and laughter
- Spend time with pets (if you have one)
- Do more of what makes you laugh – it could be having a hysterical conversation with a friend or just watching a comedy
Unwind without screens
Discover what makes your belly laugh and have those moments as frequently as possible.
There are many benefits to disconnecting from your screen. Studies have shown that some screen-free downtime improves your sleep, your ability to concentrate, reduces anxiety and helps you prioritise so that you can spend more time on the things that are important.
Here are some screen-free ideas that you can use to help you kick back and relax:
- Do something creative like draw or paint
- Go for a walk
- Listen to music or a podcast
- Watch the clouds
- Spend some time in the garden
- Focus on our breathing
Stay tuned for our tips coming soon!