Mallacoota Community Update 11/09/20

posted 13 days ago by Trigger from Mallacoota RSL

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Some beautiful weather recently has harboured in spring. With the good weather we have also had a few more requests and donations. A parcel of home made cloth masks has arrived. If anyone is lacking some please feel free to come and collect.

Plenty of opportunity has passed for the most affected residents to collect the latest donations so if anyone is wanting to come and see what's available please feel free. We have a lot of winter clothing, work wear, and some excellent RSPCA dog and cat show bags that contain food, toys, flea control tablets, etc.

This includes the donated trees. There are still a handful left, so first in first served. THey need to go into the ground ASAP.

I have also had a request from Workaways to promote a job going for bushfire recovery. Details below:

Bushfire/Drought Recovery Field Supervisor x 1 Far East Gippsland Fixed Term Casual Contract

The Bushfire and Drought Employment Program provides flexible employment opportunities for individuals across East Gippsland who have been impacted by drought and/or bushfires.

The Bushfire/Drought Recovery Field Supervisor in Far East Gippsland is responsible for the on ground supervision and coordination of a field team undertaking natural resource projects and community public good projects in Mallacoota and District.

Successful applicants will ideally have minimum 2 years’ experience in land management and/or associated fields of work such as weed control, revegetation, fencing and light construction. For more information and/or to apply for this role, email your CV (include contact details for two references) and cover letter detailing how you meet these criteria to: dep@envite.org.au, or call 1800 631 196. Applications will remain open until the position is filled.

I’ve also had a lot of questions about the border restrictions. A new border resident zone in in affect and a link to a map which shows the massively expanded zone is here https://bit.ly/2Zsj1ki

And finally, have you noticed that everyone seems to be tired? Everyone I speak to is tired. Everyone on social media is talking about being tired. I could gather more evidence to prove this to you, but… see above.

Of course you’re tired, you might say. We’re living through a historic moment, an unprecedented pandemic in modern times, on top of a troubled political landscape across the world. And that kind of made sense during the first lockdown. But now, shouldn’t we be lifting along with restrictions? It doesn’t feel like it makes lots of sense. And to be honest, the news cycle is so monstrous we should be motivated by it. Every bulletin, or new ministerial interview, is practically a reason to take to the streets.

We’re able to see more of family and friends (with restrictions of course) which should give us a boost. Also taking advantage of take away with an extra bottle of red or beer to wash it down might be responsible for a few of our tired mornings. Not all of them though.

We’re all just exhausted.

The one thing that perhaps does make sense is the continually upsetting and depressing nature of the news cycle. ‘I’m tired’ has become a much-used social media phrase. But the leg aching, the feeling of lead in your bones – where is the physical manifestation of tiredness coming from? And why has it hit us all at the moment? At the moment it does seem that we are experiencing an increase in both individual and collective tiredness. This is understandable given the backdrop of changes and confusion that we find ourselves in during the pandemic. Uncertainty can lead to increased anxiety and the inability to relax and take time for ourselves.

It is a perfectly normal response to these challenges to feel overwhelmed and want to withdraw even more but that can take us into a downward spiral, the less we do, the less we want to do and the more tired we begin to feel. The first casualty of tiredness is often the fun side of life, we focus on getting our daily tasks sorted and even that feels enough (or too much). There isn't much energy left for 'extras'.’

But instead of accepting our tiredness, we should acknowledge it and try to combat it, for our own mental health. It is important to understand that the non-essential things in life can be those things that energise us mentally and physically. They offer us meaning and a sense of belonging and identity. Prioritising self-care and expanding the range of things that we engage in beyond the to do list can begin to raise our energy levels. Dancing in the kitchen, getting out into nature, walking along the beach, having a go at painting, writing a short story or a poem, whatever floats your creativity and fun boat. Try to introduce or bring back those aspects into your life. For some, connection with others will increase energy, for others it will be finding space to be alone. Rediscover what is right for you.

Wash your hands, wear a mask, and stay safe.


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