- Do an online course. Laurie Santos has made her Harvard course The Science of Well-Being available for free on Coursera. Or take up a language, there are many free apps for this like Memrise or Duolingo.
- Follow an exercise routine. I started a GMB paid programme last year but never completed it but this might be the time to restart! I loved feeling stronger when I was doing it. The Guardian has a round-up of the best home work out websites - regardless of your level of fitness. PE with Joe on youtube has fun routines to do with the kiddies.
- Reflect on the irony of human existence - THIS is the moment where staying home and watching TV is the best thing you can do for your country. On my watchlist are Outlander and House of Cards, let me know if you have any recommendations!
- Take the time to say one nice thing a day to each person in your household. It can be easy to be short-tempered with someone, especially when there is so much anxiety around our health, our finances and our future. I follow psychotherapist @sitwithwhit who offers great bite-sized practical advice on setting boundaries and keeping a balanced outlook on life.
- Journaling in all its forms, whether writing a diary, or making art, is very therapeutic.
- Watch the animals at Melbourne Zoo via live cam while you take a break from work. I'm also going to be posting short 1-minute videos for what you can do in your work breaks to keep active, so stay tuned.
Osteopathy is considered an essential service and will be able to remain open for now.
For face to face appointments, this is what I am doing to ensure that the clinic continues to be a low-risk place to visit:
- Cancelling appointments if I don't feel 100% or have any cold-like symptoms
- Using minimal linen (you are welcome to bring in your own towel to lie on)
- Wiping down the treatment table with a natural soap and water cleaning spray before each patient (Abode lime spritz)
- Using fresh towels and pillowcases for each patient (which we have been doing anyway)
- Using hand sanitiser or washing hands before each patient. We have hand sanitiser here if you would like to do the same
- Asking patients to leave clothes on where possible
- Putting away all toys, magazines and cushions
- Scheduling a 15-minute break between patients to air out the treatment room
- Limiting the number of daily appointments to 6
- No cancellation fee if you are sick or just want to practice social distancing
This is what you can do to help me keep the clinic running:
- Do not come to the clinic if you are feeling unwell, or have been overseas in the 14 days before your appointment
- You must inform me if you have tested positive for Covid-19, or been in contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 AND have come to the clinic in the last 14 days
- Try to come alone where possible (I know this may be hard with children, and that is fine)
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. I was just talking about songs you can do this to, Happy Birthday is one, or a verse of the Lumberjack Song, or the chorus of Neil Diamond's Solitary Man :)
- Avoiding large crowds and unnecessary physical contact
"Osteopathy is Service"
I've been thinking about this recently. How can I best serve my patients and my community? I've decided to remain open because I believe manual medicine can help the body function at its best. People still get aches and pains, regardless of what is going on in the world! In the past, I've found osteopathic treatment really helped me get over colds and flu. (Of course, I sought help when all my symptoms were gone - about 3 weeks from the onset but I was still feeling lousy). I am also developing online/video home office ergonomic assessment for those of you working from home.
If you need a treatment but are currently experiencing financial hardship, please get in touch with me before booking your appointment so that I can work something out for you. I'm always open to a skill-swap!
I want to thank everyone for your continued support and let's continue to help our local small businesses stay in business!
The Covid-19 pandemic is unfolding very quickly, and after reviewing all the current information, I will still be taking appointments unless instructed otherwise by health authorities.
To help everyone and their families young and old stay safe, I will not be treating if I feel unwell, and appreciate that you will do the same.
If you have been overseas in the last 14 days or in contact with anyone who has tested positive for Covid-19 AND feeling unwell, please call the dedicated hotline 1800 675 398. Find out the latest updates from Victoria's Health and Human Services here.
In the meantime, there are plenty of things you can do to help flatten the curve, including
- Social distancing. Perhaps it's time to pick up a new indoor hobby?
- Washing your hands with fancy soap
- Checking in on others (see below for a card you can print out)
- Looking after your own health and immunity with lots of sleep, good food and some exercise