The COVID-19 pandemic can feel overwhelming due to constantly changing information, long work hours, and caring for your family and yourself. It's important to pause for a moment and collect your thoughts, worldwide pandemics can be taxing! Taking care of yourself is very important so you are equipped to help your family through this time. Remaining calm can help. The Huxter team has compiled a list of their favourite self care tips, we hope they can be of assistance to you and your family. 1. Exercise Getting outside helps break the cabin fever we are all feeling. Just a simple walk can help lift your spirits, say hello to people you pass on the street, they are feeling pretty crappy too. You can multitask during your walk, listen to a podcast or audio book or call a friend. Our dogs (Jerry Seinfeld and George Michael) are getting walked multiple times most days between the kids and Claudie and Sean, they are loving lock down! Some of our favorite podcasts include: https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/conversations/ https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/ybytk-6b03b/Somehow-Related-with-Dave-O'Neil--Glenn-Robbins-Podcast 2. Unplug from the firehose of bad news Are masks helping? Hindering? Is 1.5mtrs enough distance or should we stay even further away? Numbers of infections are either soaring or dropping. Fake News? It’s hard to keep up. Take a day off social media and the news. You won't miss anything but might start to feel better about the future. 3. Check in with Friends Your phone not only accesses the internet but can actually make telephone calls! Call a friend or old colleague and check in on them. Shoot the breeze for a while on things other than the Rona, there’s many more rewarding topics to cover. Keep the human connections up in the real world. 4. Attack something you have been avoiding Claudine and Sean moved a few weeks ago during the brief respite we had from social distancing here in Victoria. The thought of packing up the detritus of just a few years was somewhat overwhelming. It took a few weeks to get started however selling on Facebook Marketplace, donating or giving away so much ‘stuff’ has been very rewarding. Sometimes it's good to let go of the things that we carry around for decades. 5. Sleep There is so much research pointing to the benefits of sleep. 8 hours is the optimum as they say. This is not possible for all of us however but see if you can get into bed just 15 minutes earlier and give your body a little extra recovery time. Leave your phone in the kitchen at night to remove the temptation. Make a playlist of your favorite music from your youth. Nostalgia is always fun especially when connected to the emotions that music delivers. Sean has been reliving his grungy youth on Spotify with this 90’s playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/37i9dQZF1DXaLI8a395lse?si=KJq4vYjJSNuMgeclIQiZmg Sonja’s latest picks include: Counting Crows ‘August & Everything After’, Oasis ‘Definitely Maybe’ and a bit of Destiny’s Child to embarrass the children with her smooth moves. 6. Cook your favourite meal. Food through time has brought people together and Covid is no exception. Sean is working on some French classics with varying degrees of success whilst Claudine has dusted off her apron to have a crack at bread after watching Paul Hollywood’s latest show on SBS Food. Some other ideas from the team- Binge watch your favourite series on Netflix / Stan etc. Claudine is all over Yellowstone at the moment and just finished The Sinner. Nindy recommends you try Unorthodox (amazing) followed by Shtisel. On 7Plus she recommends Gordon, Gino & Fred: Road Trip “They take a road trip around their hometowns and it’s the funniest thing I’ve watched in a long time!” Take a long relaxing bath. Take your dog for a walk at the park. Read a good book!