Be Kind to yourself
Tips and resources on how you can look after yourself during this time.
- Relationships and safety resources
From 11:59pm Wednesday 22 July 2020 if you live in metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire you must wear a face covering when leaving home unless you have a lawful reason for not doing so.
Make your own mask
The Department of Human and Health services have created instructions for making a three layer cloth mask. You can use fabric or material you may already have at home.
- Tips for communicating while wearing a mask (PDF 90.6KB) (PDF 91Kb)
Reynard Street Neighbourhood House are able to provide masks for individuals or community groups that need them.
You can contact the Reynard Street Neighbourhood House by phone at 9386 7128, or email the Neighbourhood House Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org
Things to look out for when buying and using a face mask:
- Cloth face masks should have three layers of fabric.
- Face masks with holes, including woven masks and face masks with valves should not be used.
- Face masks should fit snugly and cover your mouth and nose.
- Wash reusable face masks after each use, with soapy water.
- Avoid using a damp or dirty face mask.
- Physical and social distancing is still the best preventative measure against Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Local organisations and businesses producing masks
- Brunswick Neighbourhood House
A donation towards materials is encouraged.
- Second Stitch
Refugee & Asylum Seeker Textile Enterprise
- New Model Beauty Queen
- Louie and The Fox
- The Boroughs
- Present Story
- Retro Bub
Communicating to others when and how to use face masks
The World Health organisation has produced a series of instructional videos and infographics that you can use to help communicate to others when and how to use face masks.
The DHHS has also produced a series of translated videos on the need to wear face masks and on how you can make your own face mask.
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It's normal to feel overwhelmed and stressed during a time like this.
Here are some ways you can look after yourself:
- Stay informed - but avoid too much media coverage and social media
- Keep things in perspective - remember that experts around the world are working hard to help
- Take reasonable precautions - see English-speaking coronavirus health advice here and translated health advice here
- Stay connected - reach out to people you trust like friends and family, neighbours and workmates. You can call, email, Facebook, FaceTime, WhatsApp and more. Instead of catching up for a coffee you can use apps such as Zoom or Houseparty to catch up with friends. Looking for someone new to have a chat with? Chat with a volunteer via Friendline
- Make time for activities you enjoy
- Set up daily routines - try to keep regular mealtimes, eat a healthy and balanced diet, make sure you're getting enough sleep, and keep physically active. Need some help to set up a routine? Try using a free daily planner such as this one.
- Practice mindfulness - schedule a few minutes each day for some mindfulness. A simple 5-minute practice may really help. Check out this four step process for mindfulness and other mindfulness and meditation tips.
We know hanging on the couch, or taking a nap are pretty tempting right now. But staying active and doing some exercise each day is great for your health.
If you're new to exercise, or feeling a little lost because your normal way of staying fit isn't possible right now, here are some ideas to get you moving:
Check out if your local exercise studio is offering online classes or try a class on YouTube. There are endless free exercise videos regardless of your fitness level or the size of your living room. This Girl Can – Victoria ambassador Sana also has some great tips on exercising at home.
Do your own exercise - try gentle chair exercises, Instead of weights use household items like filled water bottles and cans or jars of food, walk or run on the spot for 30 second intervals, do some star jumps, planks, sit ups, push ups, or even burpees.
Go solo outside if you can - walking, cycling and running are great solo activities and safe if you’re feeling well and haven’t been asked to self-isolate.
We suggest going early in the morning or late in the day, and avoiding streets and parks with high foot traffic, to minimise your risk. Remember to pack some hand sanitiser containing at least 60% alcohol and stay at least 1.5 metres away from to other people.
The coming months will see Australian households and individuals experience higher levels of stress, financial and uncertainty. For many this will impact on personal relationships and some people will be fearful for their safety and may experience violence from a family member or partner.
Everybody has the right to be safe. Please look out for your family, friends and neighbours at this time and contact one of these services if you are concerned about their welfare or safety, or if you are experiencing family violence yourself.
- Triple Zero (if you are in immediate danger)
- Berry Street Family Violence Support
- Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre
- Djirra (support for Koori women)