Stage 4 Self-Care

If you’re feeling worried or struggling to cope during the COVID19 Victorian isolation, that we are under, now with more “Stage-4” restrictions in place, here are some self-care+ things to consider.

“Self-care” can be understood in many different ways. In its simplest form, the term refers to our ability as human beings to function effectively in the world while meeting the multiple challenges of daily life with a sense of energy, vitality, and confidence. Self-care is initiated and maintained by us as individuals, it requires our active engagement.

Manage your exposure to media coverage, as well if you have children, manage theirs. As this could increase feelings of fear and anxiety. Be mindful of sources of information and ensure, if you need to, you are accessing good quality and accurate information.

Learn how to nourish and sustain yourself, the things that have a positive impact on your physical, mental and emotional state.

Find ways to manage stress and unwind, relax, unwind and recover. Energy expenditure needs to be balanced with the same amount of energy recovery.

Be aware of changes to your emotional wellbeing and speak to your support network (family, friends, work colleagues) when you find things are getting on top of you. Don’t hesitate to get professional help if you get to point where you are not coping.

If there is someone you think may struggle, through this further extended period of isolation, it is important to reach out to them and let them know you care:

  • Call them to check on their welfare;
  • Send an email or a text; and or
  • Don’t underestimate the power you have to offer hope and a chat to another person.

Whatever you’re feeling during these challenging times, you can talk it through with one of Beyond Blue or lifeline counsellors. They provide advice and support based on your specific needs.

Beyond Blue 1800 512 348  OR  Chat Online

Lifeline  13 11 14 OR Chat online 


Visit our SELF CARE page and check out our WELLBEING WIFI for further information. If you or someone you know is in crisis please call 000 or visit your nearest hospital.


Silence and awkwardness
Fear and despair
Why does stigma sting the air?
Wishing that kindness and empathy could raise the bar
Uplifting those suffering and who they are
not labelled by their fight but remembered for who they be
They’re a person behind the label
Overlooked and you don’t see
 by Di White

Roses in the Ocean

my heart holds you

just one beat away

the tears in my soul

fall quietly every day


did this really happen

or are you just away?

will you walk through my door?

will you call me one day?


your pain was so intense

we shared more than most

the privilege of your love and trust

came at such an unbearable cost


stay close, watch over me

from so many stars apart

roses in the ocean…

you forever in my heart


my thoughts as I wake

through the day and when I sleep

are of you, my magnificent brother

for who my love runs deep


if there is one thing I could change

it would be that fateful time

I would be there for you, as always

holding on to you for life


somehow, some way

I wish with all my might

you find a way to tell me

you forgive, that you’re alright


stay close, watch over me

from so many stars apart

roses in the ocean…

you forever in my heart


Love from Brony November 2009