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August 2020 Bulletin
Hope everyone is doing well and taking extra precautions. As we enter into the last two weeks of Stage 4 restrictions, I can neither hide nor put into words my excitement for us as a community to reach that finish line. While coronavirus has taken over all our time and energy, we also can't deny that it has brought us closer to our loved ones, our natural surroundings and the most important of all, ourselves. I for one have been making the most of the one hour of exercise by religiously getting out of the house and smiling at the flowers blossoming as Spring sprinkles its magic upon us.
I have also been consciously taking breaks from watching the news and social media. An article in The Conversation made me realise that what we are experiencing is called 'news fatigue' and while there are several ways to overcome it, it is our deliberate and consistent efforts that will help us remain positive and hopeful during these tiring times. I have created my own three stages of recovery which has been lifting my spirits for when I feel overwhelmed. A simple sheet of paper now hangs by the switch in my room with three category of places I want to visit with my beautiful friends like family when we can - within Victoria, interstate and overseas. You would be surprised to know how quickly I ran out of paper as my list kept getting longer. I truly hope the Premier and the virus which has clearly overstayed its visit in the Most Livable City in the World, are listening. What is keeping you going? I would love to hear from you.
Until next time, hang in there. We got this!