• Ayla Manicaros

We're All In This Together

At the end of the day, we are all in this together. The Collab Society are one hundred and ten percent committed to raising awareness of the impact the pandemic and isolation has had on mental health and we aim to use our voice and platform to start a conversation. Whether engaging with Thriving In Isolation allows you to pause and check in with yourself, or prompts you to reach out to a friend who you may not have spoken to in a while, these small actions add up to create a positive shift amidst the Coronavirus crisis.

The Collab Society have set up a fundraising page for Beyond Blue whereby all contributions over $2.00 are tax deductible and go towards staffing their 24/7 phone and online Support Service with mental health professionals. This allows them to provide life-saving support to hundreds of people every day and is a cause we feel very strongly about. We encourage anyone who can donate, to dig deep and contribute towards our fundraising goal.

We are also committed to donating 100% of our profits from Thriving In Isolation to Beyond Blue and hence, any involvement with the campaign: whether that be spreading the word, purchasing a spot in one of the Giveaways, donating a resource or tagging a friend or two, you are making a tangible difference. in the small biz community. Beyond Blue have a host of incredible resources on their site, but the TCS Team wanted to delve into their archives and collate a list of really relevant tips and links so you don't even have to leave this blog post #WereHereToHelp.

Beyond Blue - Links and Resources

Practical tips to help run your small business from home

If you are a small business owner, or a manager with a team working from home, you should:

  • be aware that individual circumstances vary and consider options to support each team member’s needs

  • provide strong IT support and guidelines for remote working so employees can be fully productive

  • be mindful of the disruption that potential school closures may cause to families

  • agree on working hours that employees know they are not expected to work beyond

  • touch base with each team member daily and have regular longer one-to-one meetings

  • remind employees to work in ways that are kind to their mind and body

  • maintain regular virtual team meetings

  • remember that being a manager doesn’t make you immune to the same stresses as your employees and that you need to look after yourself too..

Read the rest of this article here, and download a Beyond Blue resource here.

How mental health strategies can help coping with COVID-19

The stress caused by the coronavirus pandemic may have been exacerbated for people who have previously experienced a mental health condition. Beyond Blue's top tips are;

  • Establish a routine

  • Exercise regularly

  • Practice mindfulness

  • Don't wait to ask for help.

Read the full article here.

Ways to look after your mental health amid the coronavirus pandemic

There are a number of different ways that people can manage their wellbeing. The coronavirus pandemic has had a profound impact on all facets of society. It's crucial that people take a practical approach to dealing with COVID-19.

Maintain perspective: While it is reasonable for people to be concerned about the outbreak of coronavirus, try to remember that medical, scientific and public health experts around the world are working hard to contain the virus, treat those affected and develop a vaccine as quickly as possible.

Stay informed, but balance how much you expose yourself to Coronavirus news: Being exposed to large volumes of negative information can heighten feelings of anxiety. While it's important to stay informed, you may find it useful to limit your media intake if it is upsetting you or your family.

Seek support when you feel you need it: It’s normal to feel overwhelmed or stressed by news of the outbreak. We encourage people who have experienced mental health issues in the past to activate your support network, acknowledge feelings of distress and seek professional support early if you’re having difficulties.

Read the full article here.

Why you should do something for yourself everyday

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact the lives of people in Australia, the term ‘self-care’ has become increasingly common. There are countless articles on remaining positive, while Instagram feeds are packed with advice on how to stay in a good place mentally during this difficult period.

While it sounds straightforward, self-care is a process that requires attention and effort every single day. So, it’s important to understand the value of self-care and how it can be achieved, especially when access to family and friends is limited.

For a variety of reasons, many people don’t do things just for themselves on a daily basis. They might be too busy, too tired, or too focused on others. They may even think they don’t deserve it and feel guilty about focusing solely on themselves. This couldn’t be further from the truth in the current climate, whether you’re working, supporting someone or simply dealing with the new measures.... Continue reading the article here.

Working from home as a parent or carer: ways to cope

Suggestions for feeling overwhelmed:

  • Set realistic expectations of yourself.

  • Practice self-compassion and avoid putting too much pressure on yourself. 

  • Try not to aim for perfection, instead aim for ‘good enough’.

  • Taking the time to look after your own mental health is important for both you and for your family. 

  • Self-care may seem hard right now, but doing something for yourself every day and making sure you’re getting enough  good-quality sleep,  will help you feel calmer, reinvigorated, and better equipped to manage this demanding chapter in your life.  

  • Be mindful of what you look at on social media.  While social media can help you stay connected, try not to compare yourself with others as it can lead to you feeling under more pressure. 

Read Beyond Blue's tips for managing increased household tensions and remote learning challenges, here.

Do you feel you need to access mental health services but are unsure how to, don't have the time to get a referral from your GP or are overwhelmed with the idea of navigating mental health services at this point in time?

NewAccess is a free confidential support program, developed by Beyond Blue and delivered by RFQ, designed to help anyone 16 years and over manage life stress and tackle day to day challenges.

Beyond Blue understands the worry and distress many people may be experiencing due to the coronavirus pandemic. It is also affecting the way many health services and supports operate, and you may be concerned how we’ll continue to provide NewAccess during this time.

The good news is that NewAccess is perfect for supporting people while following safe physical-distancing advice. Their providers will continue to offer coaching via video or audio call during the coronavirus pandemic.

Find NewAccess Coach today!

Want to Contribute to Thriving In Isolation?

Our goal with Thriving In Isolation is to allow the campaign to grow, flourish and develop as the weeks go by. We want to reach as many small biz owners as possible, but to achieve this we need to work collaboratively to get the word out there. If you have time to share valuable resources via an IG Live or IGTV or have a discount, offer or membership that a business owner would find value in, please reach out to us to discuss Guest Contributor opportunities.

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