The Coronavirus crisis has changed our lives in ways that we couldn't imagine when we first heard about it at the beginning of the year. As everyone adjusts to the new normal, we wanted to share what we believe are the most important things to remember during this time.
Take care of yourself and others
The most important thing is to stay safe and ensure the safety of others. Practice social distancing and try not to leave the house unless you absolutely must. We need to work together to flatten the curve and combat this virus.
Be kind to yourself, your friends and family, and to your local community. Make sure you're taking care of your mental well-being and seek help and support if it begins to get overwhelming. Another avenue for stress relief is taking an online yoga or pilates class. Many Allied Health professionals are now running sessions online so you can still receive the benefits of these activities while in isolation.
Don't forget to check in on family and friends who live alone or are self isolating. Give them a call, video chat and keep in touch on social media. Keeping up human connections is vital.
Shop small and local
Support local if you can - local supermarkets, family run pharmacies, boutique online stores. People's livelihoods are at stake, and if we're able to support them, we should do everything in our power to do so.
It's easy to forget that not that long ago, bushfires were devastating the country. The people affected by the fires are still in recovery mode, and with Coronavirus essentially shutting down the tourism industry, they need our support now more than ever.
We're friends with Empty Esky - a national movement that aims to support small businesses that were affected by the bushfires - to help these communities. We know that now isn't the time to travel, but you can still help them rebuild by buying from them online. Visit the Empty Esky website to see the businesses that you can support.
Support healthcare and other workers
We want to thank healthcare workers - particularly our partners, The Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association - for the amazing work that they are doing, by putting themselves on the front line during this crisis.
Here at Insurance House, we pledge to #stayathome in order to protect the people who absolutely have to leave their houses to do their jobs - healthcare workers, public transport drivers, policemen and women, and many, many more.
Be smart, be safe and let's get through this together.