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How Are You Coping Under the Australian Coronavirus Lockdown?

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Published March 24th 2020
Source: Martin Sanchez @martinsanchez

As Australia goes into lockdown with the closure of pubs, clubs, gyms and other facilities, as well as enforced social distancing measures, our day to day lives will be greatly impacted for the foreseeable future.

At WeekendNotes, we have always been about celebrating the community and promoting family-friendly activities. We hope to continue spreading positive vibes in these troubling times and our talented writers worldwide (from across Australia, Europe, UK and US) have been sharing unique ideas on how we can continue to keep active, creative and help our local community.

At WeekendNotes, we are interested in how our readers are coping as well.

Have you re-engaged with an old hobby or picked up a new one?

Are you going to focus on home improvement or try new recipes in the kitchen?

How are you going to keep fit and active? How do you talk to your children about Coronavirus?


Share your experiences and ideas with us by leaving a comment.

We hope this will be a positive space where we can learn from one another.

All the best to you and your loved ones during this challenging time.

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We are a retired couple in full lockdown and to cope I have written a daily planner which begins with exercise at 9am . No need to rise too early, enjoy time in bed watching tv. We have a home gym so that's mostly what we do but a walk or ride also. Then it's 10 am for household chores .1100 it's time for coffee and then1130 we have decided to take up some study so until 1300. Time for lunch then 1330 it's a yoga workout for 30 minutes. Then rest time for an hour. Then from 1500 it's time for hobbies, tv card games , sewing or go to the shed. 1630 we prepare tea and get ready for drinks at 5.
By having this program we have a focus and will see how we survive a long period.
by prime (score: 0|7) 1180 days ago
I am enjoying the time to unwind, reflect, re-think all things, be in the garden, make yoghurt, clear and clean. I take each day as it comes, enjoy it, keep in touch with others. It is so good learning to be still, learning to simply be. The days go very quickly, and each day i am content with what i have done. It’s all ok, and a new learning curve. This morning i picked figs, brought washing in, 30 minutes of strength training, and time to just be.
by e_law (score: 2|460) 1177 days ago
I'm one of the lucky ones as far as a job goes. I can work from home as this was set up before the virus struck. However, I have cancer, so have to take extra precautions when going out. Getting a mask was impossible, but I wear gloves. Today a friend turned up with some masks he had managed to buy. So kind!

I am also using the time to catch up on videos/DVD, reading and my courses on FutureLearn (including one on COVID-19!)
by diala (score: 1|22) 1176 days ago
I have had up and down days. My daughter lost her jobs my son is missing out on the first weeks of uni and building the friendship that come with that. We run a small business so you have worry about that and guilt if you have a good day of sales. All in all this is a difficult time for many. Perhaps the hardest thing to face if my very ill mother having life saving surgery this morning. She has 4 children and 10 great grandchildren and only 1 of us could visit. We did our best with facetime but it was challenging. She will be in intensive care for a while yet and this will be a challenge. However I know that the community is pulling together and families are spending quality time together rediscovering the simple pleasures in life. My heart goes out to all during this time and I know we will get through this with a renewed sense of self, family and community.
by Winenutt (score: 1|35) 1176 days ago
All very positive here! And so far I am too. We are lucky to live at the beach so can swim and walk there. I’ve also got a list of things I’ve been waiting to do and have just started doing some of them. I’m a great reader and correspondent and generally active communicator too- email, texts, phone. I’m not fretting (yet) for more outside acitivities but was talking to a friend this morning who admitted she has trouble getting motivated at home, though she’s an exceedingly active person and is still very busy. Her comment struck a chord, though. As time goes on I’m wondering how my Spirits will cope. I do value a10 minute meditation, just sitting, every day. Being 79 and immunocompromised with leukaemia, I’m extremely susceptible to any illness and have no illusions this virus would be a death sentence for me. Thinking of death, my much younger brother-in-law died with the virus in New York on Thursday. A true wake up call.
The routine suggested by one of the group sounds a very sensible way to go. Probably I’ll be more relaxed about it, but a general idea of the day’s plan I’m going to try. Best wishes to all.
by Josep (score: 1|24) 1177 days ago
Hello, when we had to stay at home at first my actions were aimless, skipping from one job to another, didn't work. So, brought some structure to my life, now I also have a daily plan starting with a walk in the morning, doing one of my listed jobs in the morning, have a break at lunch time & read a book for an hour. Another listed job in the afternoon then a break & some craft, usually patchwork also try to do my tai chi during the afternoon then a walk again just before the evening meal. With the structure life has a purpose & the flow on effect is feeling so much better with yourself. Keep safe & well. I suppose I should add I'm in my 70's
by yardg (score: 0|6) 1177 days ago
I am a crafty person. I have a cupboard full of wool and with the colder weather soon to be upon us I am taking this opportunity to make rugs to fit a single bed and will donate them to the elderly. I also do Tai Chi and have a six month old kitten who is constantly keeping me entertained and is great company. I keep thinking positive and feel grateful each day. Thank you
by dorot (score: 0|6) 1179 days ago
We are not in lockdown (yet). I am still coming to terms with the radical new regime and, though I know what I should be doing to adjust I haven't been able to fully commit to a new regime. It will happen but there are rather a lot of gaps to fill! Apart from the usual domestic duties there is my house to declutter and maintain, more creativity in the kitchen and garden and more time on the internet,to keep in social contact and perhaps to take up an online course. And of course, regular exercise to (try to) maintain fitness.
by Crosscheck (score: 1|10) 1179 days ago
keeping busy in the garden, and looking after my immune system by doing yoga and eating sensibly. I cycle for 30 minutes every day and contact at least one friend who also lives alone like me...I am male over 80 and diabetic (but only borderline)....Many in my age group have cancer and are on borrowed time. I read and study in the evenings at home and am sure to sleep for at least 8 hours ...As i live in the country it is easier for me to avoid crowds. I shop every two months but may have food delivered to the door later...
by pa_jo (score: 0|8) 1172 days ago
Yep, takeaway coffees aren't as good as a chat with friends in a more comfy setting! I now have meals delivered 5 days a week with the money I'm saving from things we're not allowed to do and have also begun an online singing course. Plus tackling steps at a nearby cliff and cycling.
by Crosscheck (score: 1|10) 1148 days ago
Absolutely loving it (except I miss coffee and brownies at my fav coffee shop.
by victo (score: 0|2) 1148 days ago
okay mostly but as I live alone it can be a bit lonely. I find I talk to to the TV a lot. I go for an hour walk every afternoon to get some exercise and have some 'people connection' time.
by judyk (score: 0|2) 1132 days ago
I am a cancer patient who has difficulty travelling after two bouts of orthopaedic surgery already this year. When I entered hospital in March the toilet paper hysteria had kicked in. By the time I went home the world was in lock-down. I felt that everyone had been brought down to my level.
by Jeremy Bryce (score: 2|281) 1050 days ago

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