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Topic: Coping during the Coronavirus outbreak

  1. Amanda2000
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    19 July 2021 in reply to Sleepy21
    Thank you Sleepy21! So relieved to hear I'm not the only one. I feel terrible that I no longer talk much to my family. Everyday is an exercise on how to avoid them. I don't know whether I can go on another "family holiday" ever again - it's an oxymoron to me.
  2. golden82
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    20 July 2021 in reply to Rupes79

    Hi Rupes, and all,

    Absolutely; the cure is worse than the disease. I and many others have been saying this from day 1. And agree with so much of what is posted here re lockdowns and unpredictability being so bad on our mental health. I feel for all of us - especially those in Vic and NSW doing it tough for so long. I am in SA and developed agoraphobia since all these lockdowns. Just recently been crawling my way back to getting out a tiny bit and bang snap lockdowns here as of now. Until Friday at least. So apts I had booked this week to try get me out of this agoraphobia - just gone like that. All because one person was selfish and careless or whatever - we all suffer now. I can't take this anymore. Been on the helplines and just can't keep doing this. So much stress and no sleep. Worried about my Mum who apparently had AZ vax last week - is a potential for blood clots as she has vascular issues among many health issues. But as we are estranged I can't tell her of my concerns. I just wish she hadn't. And I worry for her. On top of all worries. I hate this world. What about health as holistic - mental health and wellbeing.. you cannot just look at one thing in isolation (pardon any pun) - many many more issues than covid and many many more actually worsened and created by covid/covid response.

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  3. lunastone
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    20 July 2021 in reply to Bananie1234

    @Benanie, glad to see you here. Our other thread has gone quiet and i keep wondering where our old pals are and if they are ok. I totally agree with you. The in and out of snap lockdown is getting 'old' and tiring. I repeat million times that there is a need to shift the conversation to mentally prepare ppl that we can't live like this forever. There was a report saying 100k pfizer coming in to WA today. Why don't mention that at the press conference so people could go and check for new available appt? No.....we continue to focus on covid threat from sick crew of a cargo ship docked in perth. All states are pretty much forced to pursue zero. Otherwise, states with zero case would not open to them.

    I don't deal with uncertainty very well too. That's why with uncertain future of my career/job, it has become one of the hardest time of my life. From a possible promotion and grand plan of traveing around the world to losing a job/career that i spent many yrs building. It sounds like a first world problem but it clearly affects me mentally. I also miss both sides of my oversea family. It is harder for the kid to understand what this is all about and miss out on seeing the grandparents. You know what? Everyone in my oversea family has been vaccinated. I could only hope that I wouldn't be held hostage for those who choose not to be vaccinated down the track.

    @gelati, i got that feeling a lot. I can't understand ppl. I have known so many ppl who praise the snap lockdown and yet aren't in a rush to get the vaccine and help out the broader community. As long as it doesn't affect them, they seem to be happy in this bubble. It sort of contradicts to what they stand for, ie. aussies shouldn't allow to come back from oversea as they have to think about the broader community. So go and figure!

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  4. Sophie_M
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    20 July 2021 in reply to golden82
    Dear golden 82,

    We’re so grateful to have you reach out to our community this morning and are so sorry to hear everything you have going on at the moment. Times like this can definitely get overwhelming . We acknowledge these are definitely uncertain challenging times. We hope that you find our forums to be a safe and supportive space to talk through your thoughts and feelings. Our community is here for you. 

    We hope you know that there is always help available to you, whether it's from our professional mental health counsellors Beyond Blue (available 24/7/365 on 1300 22 4636) or our friends at Lifeline (13 11 14) or the Suicide Call Back Service (1300 659 467).
    Keep checking back in with us whenever you feel up to it. 
  5. lunastone
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    20 July 2021 in reply to golden82

    @golden : i am the same. First time out for non-essential since the lockdown in WA 3 weeks ago. People were everywhere. Packed cafes etc. I couldn't help myself but worried about any covid case at the cafe where i was eating with my friend. I have been vaccinated so getting covid is the least of my concern. I was more worried about being told to isolate and queueing hrs for testing. My family would be the collateral damage for my action of meeting with a friend at a crowded cafe. The chance of that to happen is low but i couldn't help with my anxiety.

    I'm sorry to hear about your plan has been scrapped. It is the same for me. I was meant to go to canberra this week (first interstate trip in 18 months) but it has been cancelled. Despite zero case there, I am still subject to 14 days quarantine returning to WA. Vaccinated makes no difference.....

    I understand that it doesn't help to tell you that the blood clot chance is really slim statistically speaking. My parents and siblings all have AZ oversea. They didn't get to choose. They got whatever vaccine batch arrived the country at the time. It is quite urgent due to the hospitals there can't cope anymore. I was worried sick about them with the blood clot risk. To calm myself, I convinced myself that the medical professional is quite good at treating it now if it is caught early. It is hard i know.....

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  6. Monika97
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    20 July 2021
    I’m not sure how to feel, or if I am even allowed to feel a certain way because other people have it worse or because we are all in the same boat. I think that’s the worst part, every time I tell someone how I feel they say ‘everyone else is feeling that way too.’ It makes me feel like I’m not even allowed to express myself anymore or comment on how this new way of living is affecting me. With this current lockdown my anxiety and depression is through the roof. I oversleep, then I struggle to sleep (I work nights) then my chest becomes so tight that I find it hard to breathe. I find it difficult to look for activities that I enjoy, because most things that I enjoy have been taken away from me. A couple of weeks ago my husband and I started going on a bushwalk near the beach, finally we found something that we enjoyed and now there is a km limit from your home on where you can walk??? What is the world coming too. Will things ever be normal again? Everyone keeps saying to be positive but I can’t see anything or think of anything to look forward to anymore. I loved travelling and who knows when that will be possible again.. if ever at this rate. To what end? The government has restricted us in every way possible and it feels like I am nothing, like I’m not even a person anymore just some sort of robot that is being told to obey. What freedom? How is the government helping by repeatedly sending us into lockdown when the numbers aren’t even going down? All this suffering to all for nothing and they think that they are helping us. People are losing their jobs and no money to provide for families and they think that a mere Centrelink income is going to justify that in the meantime and cover a mortgage. I think their heads are so far up you know where. I am angry and stressed and I don’t even know how to keep strong anymore.
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  7. Sophie_M
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    20 July 2021 in reply to Monika97
    Dear Monika97,

    We’re so grateful to have you reach out to our community this morning and are so sorry to hear everything you have going on at the moment. Times like this can definitely get overwhelming, we understand it a challenging time. We hope that you find our forums to be a safe and supportive space to talk through your thoughts and feelings. Our community is here for you. 

    We hope you know that there is always help available to you, whether it's from our professional mental health counsellors Beyond Blue (available 24/7/365 on 1300 22 4636) or our friends at Lifeline (13 11 14) or the Suicide Call Back Service (1300 659 467).
    Keep checking back in with us whenever you feel up to it. 
     
  8. Sleepy21
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    20 July 2021 in reply to lunastone

    hi all

    i am so grateful to read all these posts

    i felt very vulnerable sharing my struggles during lockdown, its such a heated issue, ppl tell each other off or judge, i feel sometimes i can't articulte my pain properly because i dont want to minimise anyone elses. but its so tough, this lockdown. being alone for so long, im becoming agrophobic and scared i wontbe able to properly connect to ppl again in person

    thank u for writing. i'm not judging anyone. i hope u aren't judging me either. its such a rough time, sending care to all.

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  9. quirkywords
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    20 July 2021 in reply to Monika97

    Monika

    welcome to the forums. Thanks for writing honestly here and expressing yourself. I was hoping the boat metaphor was not being used this year. I have not heard anyone use it for a while. I am sorry you have been made to feel your concerns and problems can’t be acknowledged.

    I can see you are having a difficult time. Does your husband understand how you feel…?
    Sophie has sent you a helpful supportive reply.

    I find it hard when people in the radio talk about how much they have done, tidied up, learnt a new skill, cooked amazing dishes, tried many creative activities,while learning a new language and playing an instrument. I have not done anything much.
    we are listening here so post here again if you want to.

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    20 July 2021 in reply to Sleepy21

    hello everyone,

    sleepy

    i can relate to your frustration. I trust no one here judges but I feel some of my family sees me as lazy as I am not learning an new skill, building something or reorganising my books.

    it is a difficult team that’s why I like writing here so I can be in a supportive environment.m

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  11. randomx
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    20 July 2021 in reply to quirkywords

    Ahh , it's not a wonder people,18mths this craps been going on now , might be longer , just guessing. Must admit, although earlier times oh man , they were bizarre , and just plain cray for sure , who would've ever dreamed it up in this day and age. But did l hear right today they said this is our 5th Vic lockdown, God almighty no wonder people have had enough of this rubbish,me included.

    Earlier on back at the start after wrapping my head around the whole thing for a few mths first of all , l was pretty well ok . The biggest most bizarrest thing is somehow happening to the world , we'll just have to ride it out . Our grand parents and theirs, and some migrants and all kinds of people often went through much much harder than this ,and even in this day and age many all over the world everyday lives we couldn't even comprehend we're so spoilt rotten. lt'll be right we gotta do what we've gotta do.

    Must admit though , ok , l'm bloody done with this rubbish. For such a small and so isolated population like Australia there's no excuse at this stage and there's l think 6 different vacs in the world different countries are using but it's like even if they had enough to begin with it'd still be the circus it's been anyway when we could've been done long ago and past this crap. l also don't trust anything the Aus gov been gathering on us or lawing and using through all this , and will now have in place to just go on and keep in our lives to control us and our freedoms even more from here on either.So all that really worries me too bc l trust them as far as l could kick them and they won't wanna give up a lot of it up and they won't.

    But there are so many angles , peoples MH , businesses , people struggling financially, and so sadly to that it's all gonna just speed up the disappearance of shops to online by10yrs too l reckon and this last 6mths dragging on will just about guarantee it now. Such a shame.

    rx

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  12. Sleepy21
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    20 July 2021 in reply to quirkywords

    hi all

    rx remmber you suggested one more week of lockdown??! u naild it :)

    Hi quirky, thank u for sharing how u use these forums, ur putting urself in a better headspace this way, i guess we can choose what we engage in. I call Lifeline a bit as well because I know i won't be judged there, or other crises lines related to trauma.

    I know what u mean rx watching businesses disolve is truly disheartening. The MH effects are staggering. Today i'm doing selfcare, EM mentioned Radical Self care, and I'm needing to go in that direction.
    Today has been face-masking. skin feeling soft. And now sitting by my fire plce and soothing myself into calm.

    tomorrow have to get a foodpack from a welfare org, at least it's something to focus on, always surprising what they give you. Here's hoping there's some chocolate :)

    Hope all are feeling okay

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  13. golden82
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    20 July 2021 in reply to randomx

    Well said about everything there rx. You have a great way of expression. I hope you are managing okay. And everyone else here too.

    Thanks for your message Luna and good to see you popping up here. I too miss our mates from our thread and hope they are all coping. Thinking of you Tangney and Moon et al.

    Thanks Sophie. I appreciate your info. But the sad reality is I am across it all and many years now of calling all different helplines and so nothing new there. But thanks though. I find them to be a tad sugary sweet upbeat trying to create artificial positives out of nothing. eg use this lockdown to create a playlist?? Yeah, nah. I have so many and regardless what does that achieve? While away some time perhaps. But it does not change the reality of our situations or the fact of being alone all the time - with no-one reaching out. And with all safe places like libraries closed etc etc it is just me, my head, and all the trauma. And so creating a playlist or baking some bread or anything really is a very out of touch 'solution'. When you are dealing with complex trauma and trying to make sense of everything. Sometimes you just need someone to sit there, be heard and say yeah you know what it is pretty crap for us all - and even harder for some of us (like so many of us on these forums who are going it alone, and even more so when we are struggling with mental health already). I dunno but false positivity just feels a bit off to me. It is what it is. Maybe it helps some ppl. But not for me. I really don't know how to go on. I know I shouldn't complain as Vic and NSW have it worse I am sure; but I am done with this.

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  14. randomx
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    20 July 2021 in reply to Sleepy21

    Yep , looks like it eh sleepy , damn it.

    l don't get a lot of it this time . Like l know it's the bloody delta ra ra , but we've got everything locked up up here now for this one. This is the first time through it all , everything except the essentials has locked up most stuffs stayed open right through up here. But now even the hardware is closed for the very first time. So why this time but no other time before ?

    l knew NSW closed construction but l didn;t think Vic did but maybe it has too.

    Anyway , hope you find some choc in there sleepy.

    rx

  15. Mimsy19
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    21 July 2021 in reply to randomx

    Exactly, rx. And it seems logic goes out the window when people discuss covid. Someone was saying what a bunch of whiners we all are, because look at what they want through in the London blitz. This misses the point entirely. You can't compare a relatively mild illness to the blitzkrieg. I may as well say, those whinging Londoners during the blitz - haven't they heard of Black Death, which wiped out a third of the world's population? It's apples and oranges, and telling people that a) their pain doesn't matter because there are worse things and b) any government action is justified because covid is the worst is a terrible contradiction, but they try it on anyway.

    I'm going through ups and downs - was on an up two days ago, now I'm down again.

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  16. Doolhof
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    21 July 2021 in reply to quirkywords

    HI Everyone,

    My household has found itself not just in lock down but in mandatory home isolation quarantining for 2 weeks as a family member spent 5 minutes in an exposure site.

    Yesterday we waited almost 8 hours for a Covid test and have to do the same on day 5 and 13. Next time we will be better prepared, more food and drinks and maybe some books or games to play in the car.

    My biggest problem is where do you go to the toilet if you are supposed to be isolating!

    The testing centre had 2 porta loos a very kind policeman told me. It was a long walk there and back. My husband has an injury and couldn't walk that far.

    At least in lock down you can still go out. In quarantine the only outing allowed apart from a medical emergency is a covid test.

    I'm thankful I have a large enough garden to walk around in. After 2 weeks I might make a bit of a goat track!

    I really need to make the most of each day! That is my plan. I know how quickly I deteriorate into a dark place.

    I know a lot of you have been there and done that already. Thanks for sharing your thoughts here for me to learn from.

    Sending you all kind greetings and hope you find some peace. Regards from Dools

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    21 July 2021 in reply to Sleepy21

    Hi Sleepy 21

    Totally agree with you that the MH effects of lockdown are “staggering”.

    I’m not trying to diminish anyone’s pain or trauma (I have experienced Covid anxiety myself and so has my daughter who was suicidal at times last year), but want to gently point out that there would be MH affects if we didn’t have lockdowns, too.

    Every time we went out the door we would have to deal with the very real prospect of catching Covid. Every person infected with the Delta strain infects at least four others. The reproductive rate is significantly higher than with the original virus. For some people this risk from movement and living life would cause high anxiety.

    If we did become infected, we may also have to carry pain for infecting the people we love the most and others for the rest of our lives. Look to the 2 Covid positive removalists from Sydney who just lost their mother to Covid. She was only 52 years old.

    If you look to death rates in the UK, India, Brazil, USA, etc, it is entirely possible that we would lose someone we love, again pain, loss and grief.

    Children and teens would have to live with anxiety that they could lose a parent or grandparents. And they very well may lose someone they love.

    We or someone we love may be denied a necessary surgery or cancer treatment because we can’t get access to our hospitals. That would have a huge impact on our MH.

    Our nurses and doctors and others at the front line would face disproportionate risk of illness daily. We would be putting every vulnerable Australian at high risk of serious of illness or death. I think we all might know someone with diabetes, or who is over weight or who is being treated for cancer and is immunocompromised for one reason or another.

    What is the MH impact on us for not caring for others who are vulnerable ?

    I could write more but you get the idea. I think the reality is that this pandemic is staggeringly bad for our MH.

    Kind thoughts to all

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  18. randomx
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    21 July 2021

    Today about Vic they were talking about an extra wk. l dunno if they were referring to this extra wk or a wk 3 after this one , does anyone know ?

    Anyway , we better brace for it , another 22 today , not a good sign for next Tues at this point , sorry people.

    rx

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    21 July 2021 in reply to randomx

    HI rx,

    oh no, do u think it'll be another week? i didn't watch the news today. No chocolate in my pack today, but some cute things :)

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    from what i'm looking at it looks like its the same 7 days as original - til tue july 27 at midnight, b ut I could be wrong
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    21 July 2021 in reply to Sleepy21

    Haaa , glad you got a nice pack anyway.

    But yeah right , well that's good then at least.

    More , God l hope not , for everyone , we've had enough. Any more 22's though and we best not get hopes up.

    Hope your ok.

    rx

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    21 July 2021 in reply to Doolhof

    Dools

    Sorry to hear of your quarantine, can you have food delivered.

    I have been trying to measure from fro door to stint wall. Not much place in my garden to walk.
    thanks for sharing. I started a lock down diary, I know quarantine is much more restrictive.

    I write fir a few days but then I was doing it retrospectively but I have ideas to do things then I do not keep it up.

    hi mimsy

    i liked your post. Comparisons can be so unnecessary.

    I am sorry you are up and down I can be down in morning neutral in afternoon and a bit up at night. Are you down all day.?

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    21 July 2021 in reply to randomx

    sounds difficult and upsetting dools, sending support to u

    hi rx - another week would be hard. I'm accepting it at the moment but it would be great to have some end in sight. I appreciate seeing the cases go up that they really don't seem to know from day to day so its hard for them to predict. I was expecting the cases to begin going down... and they are still sky-rocketing.
    Hi quirky, thanks for ur understanding towards my post.

    Hi Monika i've seen a lot of petitioning via social media to reinstate the higher-level jobseeker wage... which they had last year. To give ppl more funds. I doubt they will do it... but i hope they show more compassion. The poverty cycle is painful for many ppl and we need to help each other out.

    One thing I use is the Utility Relief Grant to help pay with gas and electrical bills. It's pretty helpful, if you are having financial difficulties . sending support to all

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  24. SingleMum123
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    21 July 2021

    Hi,

    I've commented in this thread before and feel I need to vent about this lockdown.

    I honestly feel so exasperated now. I'm crying more in this lockdown. Trying to juggle full work, being a single parent and home schooling is all taking its toll. I can go part-time with my work from next week which takes some of the pressure off but still the outside world hasn't changed.

    I feel like I can't trust the Government. Things always change. I had been looking forward to going away for just one night this weekend for so long which now won't be happening. It was only to the beach 2 hours from home.

    Even the simplest things feel unattached.

    When I try to talk to family they say how lucky we are not to be overseas with more cases, but it just invalidates my feelings.

    Anyway, I know I'm not alone in how I feel after reading other people's posts.

    I wish everyone lots of love and light and the strength to face whatever challenges are ahead of us.

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  25. Rupes79
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    Why won’t the premiers or the federal government release the cost benefit analysis of Covid lockdowns?

    Is it perhaps because there is no net benefit? We mourn the death of age care residents mostly in Victoria last year, and any death is sad for those involved, but overlook that less people died in aged care in 2020 than they did in 2019.

    Why wont they tell us what the costs of lockdowns are on mental health, delayed healthcare and education standards for our young?

    Thats before we even talk about the economic impact which will be long lasting and have further health implications for some.

    Here in NSW we are at 1,200 cases with four people dead. 170 people die in NSW every single day. No mention for them.

    These lockdowns are becoming a circus and largely a result of the premiers collective egos.

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    21 July 2021 in reply to SingleMum123

    hi single mum, sending you strength to manage all that u have on ur busy plate right now, thinking of u

    its so invalidating to hear those comments. it makes ppl scared to be honest about their feelings.

    Anyone who is a caring friend will hopefully try and imagine and accept wht is happening for u.... i hope there are some ppl around u who believe ur experience and empathise, if not, know that we here do.

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  27. golden82
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    21 July 2021 in reply to Doolhof

    Hi again everyone,

    Hi Dools - so sorry to read you are suffering through full-on lockdown/quarantine. Thinking of you. You will get thru it with the strength you have.. but it will be tough no doubt. I am in SA too - but not needing to quarantine. Although I live in a shoebox with no yard, no nothing. I hope you can get some time in your yard.

    Hi Rupes - spot on. It makes me mad too.

    Hi to the new posters; I am glad you feel comfortable posting here and a little less alone. It is a safe place to post our struggles.

    Hi as always Sleepy :) Good on you for being so proactive to get a little pack of goodies. I am glad you got some nice things.

    I have been on the lines a great deal over these last few days. With mixed results as usual. Sometimes sugary sweet which makes it worse for me. But then tonight had a really helpful guy just now which is like a breath of fresh air. It is a lottery with this stuff. But super lucky I got him. Just realistic about it all. Accepting and agreeing that it is a struggle.

    What I really struggle with is that no-one - and I literally mean no-one connects with me. I have 4 'friends' I would say on the fb msger. But no reaching out or checking with a how u going? This sort of stuff shows me what I already know - that I have no real friends. They are nice ppl. Just I guess not friends. I think of them as friends but when things like Christmas alone, Easter alone, Covid lockdowns alone - and not even a hey?? Shows me I don't matter to them. Or anyone. This is how Covid lockdowns really hit home to me. How alone I am. I wouldn't even have anyone as a bubble buddy.

    The premiers and CHOs are SO out-of-touch with ppl like me. No, it is not just a lockdown. It is like solitary confinement for a good human being who has done nothing wrong. With libraries closed, safe places closed, stay at home in 4 walls with no interaction. Just to reflect on your reality of alone. Let alone past abuse and trauma flashbacks. At least at a park or something you can ppl watch and feel a part of something - although it is not really a part of something - you can imagine and drift away for a bit. That is I think why lockdowns affect me so much. Makes my lonely, small world even more so. That is what it is like for me.

    I know a lot of you are struggling at the other end and wanting to be alone and I can imagine that would be hard too. I just don't think thought goes into our daily struggles. Pollies , CHOs make decisions from their perches.

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  28. Bananie1234
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    21 July 2021 in reply to lunastone

    Hey lunastone

    Sometimes i wonder if it’s the government or the media. I believe there’s a lot of fear mongering from the media but not sure about the government. I have no problems with restrictions, i have no problems with face masks if that gives me most of my freedom back. but i really disagree with snap lockdowns and taking away our freedom completely even if it’s temporary. I don’t know if a virus is worth putting our lives on hold. i can already see every state taking turns going into lockdown over a few cases in the next coming months.

    I know people blame governments but I feel it’s also difficult for them too. If someone (even just one person) dies as a result of covid due to eased restrictions, we blame the government, but if the government goes hard on everyone, we also blame the government. (I feel this applies more for NSW and VIC as they often get criticised for taking too long to call for a lockdown) I’m thinking maybe the premiers would rather be labelled as a dictator instead of being accused of having blood in their hands.

    im in victoria now. This is my first snap lockdown ever and I can already see why Melbournians hate it so much. Melbourne is such a vibrant city, people are so outgoing/active and they know how to live. And to have that taken away suddenly with no guarantee of an end date is actually painful.

    i also feel bad for gladys. She’s always been one that tried to make sure people’s lives can be as normal as possible during a pandemic.

    Once again, any death is sad. But it seems that a death from covid is more sad than a death from something else. If someone dies as a result of covid restriction- eg delayed surgery. Is that not as sad as a covid death?

    People blame the vaccine roll out. But honestly, noone was in a rush or refuse to get them at first and now everyone’s fighting for it.

    in the end it’s team effort. We can blame the government but each individual still needs to put in the effort and there’s always someone out there ruining it for us. As a pharmacy worker, even during a pandemic, people’s lack of hygiene is just horrifying. I understand It’s not the most deadly disease but we still need to be cautious.

    I really hope things will go well for you career wise. Who cares if it sounds like a first world problem. It shows that your career is an important part of your life and that’s amazing.
    I understand how tough the WA premier can be and i hope you can hang in there.

    We’ll be in touch xx

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  29. randomx
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    21 July 2021

    Yeah seen a lot of reports and interviews with all kinds of experts over this 18mths and many saying the ongoing eventual health costs later of locking down a society is far far greater than anything Covid. They're talking about the whole spectrum from MH, depression, bankruptcies and on and on. ln two minds not saying l agree but l def' don't agree with this all still ongoing after all this time. On the other hand though it's all such a catch 22 bc how would we like to be one of the countries still getting 50 or 100s of k a day after all this time and they've also had hard lock downs themselves too a long the way yet still with those numbers soooo, damned if l know. Sick of this crap though and don't trust the media or Gov's l know that much.

    Gladdy was pretty stressed today better hold on in NS l'd say surely though they'd have to start going down soon now. But saw a Vic report too where he said our numbers were actually pretty good and they were pleased bc that 22 were actually already in isolation so that's encouraging.

    rx

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    22 July 2021 in reply to golden82

    Hello to Everyone here,

    My thoughts are with you all as you find your own way to negotiate and travel through what is happening in your lives right now.

    We are in quarantine, but I realise I have so much to be thankful for. I have my husband and my cat here. Last night we had a power failure so we decided to do a jigsaw puzzle with candle light and ate snacks for dinner. The cat sat on a seat and looked at the puzzle pieces before pawing a couple of them and claiming them for herself.

    We have done our first ever shopping on line food order. Thankfully a store in a town close to us covers our region. The postman who does deliveries outside of our town has very kindly agreed to deliver our mail to us while we are in quarantine.

    I'm very thankful we have a garden to be able to spend time in.

    If this had happened a month ago when my mental health was in a terrible place I do not know how I would have coped. I am so thankful I have been able to rise above the dark place I was in. I know I can go back there any time so hope I don't.

    My heart does go out to all of you who are suffering.

    I'm wondering if some people have lost some of their empathy and understanding of other people's concerns and problems because this pandemic has been going on for so long. It is as though some people are just numb and don't get the pain others are experiencing.

    I'm sending kindest regards and best wishes to you all. From Dools

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