It’s a strange time for all of us. We’re coming to terms with fundamental changes to daily life and how the world operates. It’s actually not that easy being at home all the time – and sometimes it’s really difficult. We are getting used to sharing our working spaces and adapting to life online. Some of us have less work to pay the bills, or no work at all.
There are lots of things that are really tough about the coronavirus situation, and it’s completely normal to feel flat and down.
It’s not easy having routines turned upside down, not being able to see our family and mates, go out to celebrate a special occasion, let the kids have a sleepover, or recharge with a walk in the wilderness or a fishing trip.
Some of us are home all day with people who might be keeping us sane or driving us crazy – but some people are alone all day, every day.
It’s very easy to feel isolated when you’re in isolation, even if you’re in a group.
A lot of people are feeling anxious at the moment – worried about those they love, their health, lack of employment, or struggling with corralling kids to do schoolwork.
We’re all in this together. Even though we have to stay physically distant, it’s more important than ever to keep connected.
A phone call makes all the difference, for you and the person you speak to. We all need to hear human voices and see familiar faces – fortunately there are lots of options like FaceTime, Skype, Messenger or Zoom to explore.
There is no certainty yet about how much longer these COVID restrictions will remain in place. This can make the challenges even harder to deal with. If you’re struggling to cope and feel like you need some extra help, you can always pick up the phone and speak to a wonderful person at Lifeline - 13 11 14. Unlike most phone services these days, you’ll be speaking to a real and caring person at the other end.
The job of a Member of Parliament is to look out for our community, in the immediate sense as well as the longer-term.
It’s been inspiring to experience what’s happening across the community in this COVID crisis - people are focussed on caring for each other and finding new ways of working together.
Everyone is doing their best to figure out how to get through this pandemic. People are motivated to support each other during one of the toughest social events in recent history. We are doing this by working together, respecting views and differences, being constructive.
If you have questions about why things are happening a certain way, or you can see issues arising that concern you, please get in touch with me.
Remember - Tasmanians are not immune from this deadly virus.
Be sensible and safe – stay at home whenever possible, and look out for the people in your lives in any way you can.