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Happy, healthy and in touch

Isolation and disconnection seem to be part of our daily lives these days. But the Sunshine Coast Council is here to help with a campaign to keep you feeling connected, healthy and happy even while isolating at home.

The Sunshine Coast Council’s #covidkindness campaign continues to support residents with an offering of resources to encourage positive and connectivity.

Launched last month, the initiative explores weekly themes to encourage residents to help combat social isolation, loneliness and community disconnection.

Kicking off the campaign, Mayor Mark Jamieson encouraged the community to reach out and check on neighbours, particularly the older generations. Now, the council has released helpful tips on how to remain connected to benefit mental and physical wellbeing.

The council’s group executive, economic and community development director Greg Laverty is encouraging  everyone in the region to look after their physical and mental wellbeing. “Council strongly urges people to still try to maintain a healthy lifestyle during these very tough times,” he says.

Exercising at home is a great way to stay healthy and the council has compiled a list and direct links to many online programs including the State Government’s Healthier, Happier program, free yoga and guided meditation interactions, at-home workouts, exercise and mental health e-books, the 10,000 steps remote challenge and walking at home.

There’s even a link to a mindfulness app with a guide to daily meditation.

Pointers to eating healthy are also available on the council’s website, including tips surrounding sustainable living, smart eating, useful recipes and online chef challenges.

For more resources visit sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.

Tips on how to remain connected

Sunshine Coast Council provides the following information to help residents stay in touch during self-isolation.

  1. Call your friends, colleagues and relatives regularly on the phone.
  2. Reach out and check on your neighbours and assist those who may be isolated or unable to cope, especially our older neighbours.
  3. Leave a contact card in your neighbour’s mailbox with your phone number and how you can help, such as shopping or running errands.
  4. If you can’t physically visit can you speak to your neighbours from over a fence, across balconies or from the end of the driveway?
  5. Create a Facebook group with neighbours, share how you’re getting on and ask other people how they are, share knowledge, skills and resources.
  6. Use video calls when you cannot physically visit. You can do this on your computer or smart phone using Skype, Zoom or Facebook Messenger.
  7. Red Cross can provide you with a daily telephone call to check on your wellbeing through a service known as Telecross.
  8. Showing kindness to others not only helps them but can also increase your sense of purpose and value, improving your own wellbeing.

Apps to help connect

From Houseparty to Hangouts, these apps can help you stay social in coronavirus isolation.

  • Houseparty allows video chats and games between a small groups of friends.
  • Bunch is an app that lets you play mobile games with your friends. All you need to do is start the game via Bunch and text them a link.
  • Google Hangouts uses your Google account and allows up to 50 people in a single call.
  • Zoom allows video conferencing, online meetings and group messaging.

Council’s top tips for reducing stress while in isolation include:

  1. Set up a daily routine for everyone in the household.
  2. Plan activities that are fun and give you a sense of achievement.
  3. Maintain physical fitness and reduce stress with an at-home exercise routine.
  4. Eat well, plan ahead and learn to cook a variety of nutritious meals.
  5. Stay connected with friends and family via phone, email and video conferencing.

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