I can imagine I am not alone in thinking that we would not still be heading into such uncertainty as lockdown was once again upon us in 2021.
This is a little reminder that you need to be kind to yourself and look out for signs that you are not coping as well as you may like. It’s OK to feel this way.
Still Covid-19 continues to affect our lives in many ways. Whether it be isolating from family and friends, loss of business and work or managing and adapting our businesses, family lives and finances.
With so many changes and perhaps uncertainty about what the future looks like it is a natural human response to experience feelings of anxiousness, distress, lack of motivation or even loneliness from limited connection with others. We are living through one of the most tumultuous periods in modern times with most of us dealing with unprecedented changes to how we live and work.
If your feelings are interfering with your daily routine or if you feel overwhelmed it is important to know that there is ways to ask for help. If you know someone who is struggling, encourage them to also seek some assistance too.
There is no shame in seeking support from a trained professional to help manage these feelings and to put some strategies in place to help you cope. It is important to talk to someone about how you are feeling and there are a number of resources to do this.
* Talk to your GP
Mental Health Plans are funded through Medicare and can be accessed via your doctor for no cost
* Contact one of the Mental Health counselling services by phone
Lifeline 13 11 14
Suicide Call Back 1300 659 467
Kids Helpline 1800 551 800
Oz Help 1300 694 357
Mens Line Australia 1300 789 978
* Contact an organisation online
Beyond Blue www.beyondblue.org.au
Blackdog Institute www.blackdoginstitute.org.au
Talk to someone……a friend, partner, work colleague, network member, hotline, online organisation. Understand that you are not alone and seeking help is not a sign of failure or weakness but a positive way to move forward, one step at a time.
I look forward to seeing you all again soon with some positive networking. Together we can support each other to regrow our businesses into the coming year.
Miles of Smiles