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Managing social isolation during COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic is a time of great challenge and disruption for all Australians, and many of us are concerned at the thought of being isolated from one another. 

Looking after yourself 

There are a few simple pieces of advice you can follow to look after your mental and physical health during this time.

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Here are a few tips from NSW Health

Stay connected – Keep in touch by phone, social media or video calls 

Keep moving – Exercise to relieve stress (check to see if your regular gym, yoga studio or exercise outlet is holding online classes or check out YouTube or Vimeo for classes) 

Stick to a routine – Keep regular sleeping and eating patterns (consider using sleep apps to keep track of your sleep routine) 

Switch off – Take a break from the news if it feels overwhelming 

Reach out – Activate your support network or reach out for professional help such as Lifeline 13 11 14, Beyond Blue 1300 224 636 or the NSW Mental Health Line 1800 011 511

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Lifting the spirits without "spirits" 

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) urges us to "avoid using unhelpful coping strategies such as tobacco, alcohol or other drugs". They caution that doing this can worsen "mental and physical wellbeing", particularly as many of us spend large amounts of time on our own and under stress about the impact of COVID-19. 

NSW Health has just launched the new free smartphone app, Drinks Meter. The app is a useful tool in this time of social distancing and isolation as it provides you with an opportunity to manage your alcohol consumption in times of stress and anxiety. 

How can you reduce your alcohol intake at home? 

  • Enjoy a mocktail! 
  • Drink water instead of alcohol and use it to quench your thirst 
  • Sip alcoholic drinks slowly 
  • Alternate alcohol drinks with water 

Make it a mocktail!

Cutting back or avoiding drinking alcohol while you are at home doesn’t need to be a bore. Make it a mocktail with some fun isolation-inspired alcohol-free alternatives. 

Getting help 

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For free and confidential advice 24/7 call Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS) on 1800 250 015.

Counsellors are available to provide counselling, information, referrals, and support. Or start a Web Chat with an ADIS counsellor online Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 5:00pm. 

Visit the COVID-19 Support page on the Your Room website for alcohol and other drug specific COVID19 info including: 

  • impact on NSW alcohol and other drug services 
  • managing your use of alcohol 
  • dealing with aggression in the home 
  • looking after your health 

If you're concerned you have COVID-19, please call the national Coronavirus Health Information Line for advice on 1800 020 080. If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450. 

See our Getting Help page for links to other agencies and organisations.