We’re nearly halfway through the year already, and what a 2020 it has been. As we welcome the news of relaxed restrictions, we’re looking forward to our group classes starting back in-person – we’ve missed you! But it’s still a far cry from normality, so this newsletter also includes our covid mental health check-in.
We also have more information about Peter’s upcoming online osteoarthritis talk and information on Norths Fitness re-opening. And we’re pleased to share information about a new book, written by a member’s daughter, that looks at mental health. Read on to find out more!
Holiday and term 3 classes – booking now!
We are so excited to be back with you all in the clinic doing classes, and are taking bookings for holiday and term 3 classes for regular class participants.
Start 5pm Monday 29 June
Mixture of online and in-person sessions
Term 3 classes
Start Monday 20 July
In-person sessions only
Do you have Osteoarthritis (OA), or do you have a family member with OA? Or maybe you’re a professional who comes in contact with older people? Peter will be delivering an online seminar all about Osteoarthritis on Wednesday 1 July at 7pm. He’ll give you the run-down on what OA is, how to treat and manage it, and what to do to improve your pain and your quality of life.To register your interest to attend the online talk, simply call (02) 9438 1782 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Norths Fitness is re-opening
We are happy that Norths Fitness is open again, which means we’ll be returning to our clinic rooms there on Tuesday 16 June. There will still be extra health and safety precautions in place, and we continue to ask patients that if you are showing any symptoms, please stay home. There will also be extra guidelines about gym entry and use. For more information around restrictions and guidelines, please read Norths Fitness’ letter to members.
Help kick-start an up-and-coming author, and fight mental health stigma
“The angel in the mirror, road to recovery” is a book written by Lumi Winterson, a daughter of one of St Leonards’ clients, Satu Beverley. Lumi has written the book based on her life experience of living with mental illness. She wants others to benefit from her insights, treatments, and recovery journey, while hoping to reduce the stigma associated with schizophrenia. Satu has also written a chapter of the book focusing on her experiences as her mother, carer, psychologist and an Open Dialogue Advocate.
But in order to get the book published and marketed, they’re looking for support. To find our more information, visit www.lumiwinterson.com. Or donate to their kick-starter campaign.We know physical and mental health need to work together for a happy and healthy life, so we’re proud to support Satu, Lumi and their work.
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COVID mental health check-in
With the coronavirus outbreak still affecting millions around the world, we thought it would be a good time to check-in and see how you are all going. This day-to-day bombardment of the effect of the virus across the world is enough to get the happiest of people down. We’re here to make sure you are keeping your mental health in check.
We ask you the question… What are you doing to look after your mental health? These have been difficult and stressful times for many of us. Some of us are starting to come out of strict lock-down restrictions, some of us are still feeling the effects, and many of us will feel these effects for some time to come.
It’s good to talk
If you are struggling on a daily basis and this pandemic has had a real effect on your mental health, you are not alone and help is out there. Being made to stay away from family members and friends is tough and some people, especially the elderly, will have found this extremely difficult at times. Please talk. A phone call or face-to-face video call (technology is great these days!) is a simple way to stay in touch with loved ones. Speak to someone close to you if you are struggling with personal circumstances. Getting a load off your chest is sometimes enough to make you feel relief, even if it doesn’t solve the root cause of the problem.
We understand that your problems may run deeper than this and talking to a loved one is simply not enough. The good news is there are lots of great people out there who are trained to work through such things with people. And even if you cannot get a one-to-one session in person where you live, many mental health professionals including life coaches, counsellors and psychologists are running phone or video sessions with their clients. Enter ‘Telehealth’. If you are unsure where to turn, please call us today on (02) 9438 1782 and we’ll be happy to connect you with someone who can help. Alternatively, chat to your GP or give Beyond Blue a call on 1300 22 4636. Please do not suffer in silence.
Simple tips for keeping your mental health in check
Want some other ideas to help keep your mental health in check? Check out our list below for some go to’s:
Exercise: It’s simple and well researched. Exercise helps to maintain good mental health. Even in lock-down, find a space in the house or outside in the garden and just move. Squat, lunge, hop, skip, jump, dance… We don’t care what it is, just move regularly (and safely please!).
Eat well: Keep your diet clean and hydrate every day and you’ll be doing your bit to keep the body and mind functioning well. Vegetables and fruit of the green leafy and berry varieties are packed with nutrients that can help keep the brain healthy.
Go to time-out: No, we don’t mean the naughty step, more so a quiet place where you can be with your own thoughts without the distraction of TV, tablets and other types of media. Read a book, take a bath, be in nature. Give the eyes and ears a rest from it all. It may be hard to break your screen habit, but trust us… It’s refreshing!
Get out the colouring pencils: Yes adults, we are talking to you. Colouring is becoming a very popular ‘escape’ for millions of adults around the world. It has been shown to help reduce the effects of anxiety and stress. Get to your local book store or newsagent today, support local shops, and start getting creative (or if you’re unable to do so safely, order online).
Our message today is simple. Life is sometimes hard, but there is always action you can take to reduce the impact this has on your mental health. Talk. Move. Relax.
Enjoy and stay safe.
Happy to help.
If you’d like to book an appointment, or have questions about any pain or injury you may be experiencing, please get in touch.