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Some small gatherings are allowed around the city check our Insta post here for all the detailsbut it's a far cry from the usual big bash with the extended fam.
And heaps of Australians outside NSW will have had their plans - Christmas lunch, family reunions, holidays and NYE parties - dashed by border closures. To try and make a shit situation a little less shit, Hack spoke to a few experts on how to manage the loneliness, grief, and frustration of it all, and how to help mates or family going through it. And I think that's definitely possible. Nick Tebbey, from Relationships Australia, said a good coping mechanism they've seen - just generally for quarantine and self-isolation periods, Christmas aside - is keeping a routine.
Setting aside time for certain activities helps structure that big chunk of seemingly endless time, he said. Still treat yourself as you would normally around now - maybe order a nice lunch for Christmas Day, get dressed up, watch the Boxing Day Test. Look, we're all over Zoom.
But the reality is, technology is still the best option out there for connecting people in iso. Rather than just setting up a time to chat, Mr Tebbey recommends organising things to actually do together over FaceTime - family trivia, meals together, watching terrible Christmas movies.
And he said it's good to remember that there are lots of others going through the same thing at the moment. But if you feel like things are really starting to affect your mental health, support services are still operating over the holidays. Whether that's because of the border closures, quarantine, or not everyone can come to Christmas because of the new NSW restrictions, you're likely feeling a range of emotions: grief, frustration, anger, sadness, even a bit of relief.
Both Mr Tebbey and Dr Lim said it's perfectly normal, and reasonable, to be feeling those things right now. If you are replanning, Dr Lim recommended staying flexible, and to have some contingencies if public health advice or restrictions change. Like any period of grief, communication is key, said Christmas alone sucks Tebbey.
Reach out to friends and family, or your psychologist or GP, if you're really struggling. In times of uncertainty, it can help to think about the things that are important to us, and focus on them, added Mr Tebbey. Dr Lim lived through Melbourne's lockdown, and remembers how hard it was to miss friends' birthdays, and other ificant events. If that's not physically possible now, Mr Tebbey recommended thinking about how to support someone virtually. Dr Lim recommended just straight up asking your mate, or family member, what they actually need at this time.
Mr Tebbey said it was important to try and include people who are in quarantine or lockdown as much as possible in your regular festivities. Put the effort into working out the logistics of the tech, rearrange your plans so they can in some way. Hack Home Podcast Contact. Have to spend the holidays alone? Thursday 24 December pm. And some advice on how to help loved ones going through it. Image: Unsplash. Share Facebook Twitter Mail Whatsapp.
True to form, keeps delivering the gut punches as it draws to a close. Others will be spending it in hotel quarantine, having returned from overseas. There's no doubt: it absolutely sucks.
Dr Michelle Lim is a clinical psychologist and researches loneliness with Swinburne University. It might be a good idea to steer clear of the endless social media scroll, said Mr Tebbey. If you or anyone you know needs help: Lifeline on 13 11 14 Kids Helpline on Suicide Call Back Service on BeyondBlue on 22 46 36 Hepace onChristmas alone sucks
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