Managing Lockdown

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It has been a very stressful and tiring couple of weeks for most of us.

My heart goes out to those who have lost loved ones and lost their jobs. I heard that over one million Australians have lost their jobs and it’s really heartbreaking.

Before we fell into this unprecedented condition, I watched a video on Youtube from Wuhan province that provoked a sense of patriotism when I saw them shouting out of their windows in solidarity “Jayou” which means “Keep Strong”.

I call for all of us to keep strong. We’ll come back to our way of life, we just need to have faith in ourselves, in GOD and abide by the conditions that prevent the risk of being infected or infecting others.

But it’s always easier said than done, so here are some important things to consider …

It’s normal to feel upset, broken, stressed, claustrophobic or angry during such a crisis.

This is why it’s very important to always connect with people you trust.

I urge you not to fall into contagious habits. Do everything you can to steer away from gambling sites, smoking and excessive use of alcohol. It’s during these tough times when we become most vulnerable to lose our money and our minds to harmful habits.

Here are some nice tools to help you manage the stress of lockdown:

  • Pause, take a deep breath and feel the moment.
  • Look at the beauty of the night sky or find the shapes within clouds. If you have children, lay down and spot the different shapes in the clouds, you’ll be amazed how far your imagination can go.
  • Call someone you haven’t spoken to for a while, see how they’re going.
  • Listen to calming music
  • Paint something like your home office desk or coffee tables (We have so many ways to help you)
  • Eat healthy
  • Exercise at least for 30 minutes a day. (I actually bought a skipping rope the other day, it’s something I can do on the spot and don’t need to go anywhere)

My endeared family and friends, I’m very sensitive to your challenges and pain. Personally, I have always found relief in painting, stencilling and furniture transfers long before this crisis.

If you’re in need of finding an outlet the way that I do, please let me know, I’m more than happy to chip in my share and support you in every possible way I can. After all, we’re all in this together.

Please send your requests or comments to:

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely

Merriam Churchill Zoghbi

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