While the end of lockdown was greatly anticipated, a recent survey of more than 500 community members has shed light on some key concerns they had about adjusting to the “new normal”.
These included managing new routines, keeping the family COVID safe when out and about and trying to stick to new healthy habits such as home cooking and family walks.
Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) has listened to these concerns and in response, gathered a range of practical tips, useful resources and links to local support services in a handy new Living well after lockdown toolkit.
The toolkit is a follow-up to the Healthy@Home initiative which supported western Sydney residents during the lockdown period.
The new toolkit features over 120 social media tiles that can be shared covering topics including:
- Staying COVID safe
- Mental wellbeing and adjusting to change
- Social connection
- Keeping active
- Healthy eating
“We have listened to the community, the Public Health Unit and community partners to tailor wellbeing information for the residents in western Sydney. We know it’s really important the information, including the graphics, ‘speak’ to the community”, said WSLHD health promotion operations manager Michelle Nolan.
“We asked the community what living well after lockdown means for them and used their answers in the social media tiles. For some people living well means spending time with the family and friends in a COVID safe way, while for others it’s about sticking with healthy habits they formed because of lockdown, such as making more home cooked meals.
We want to continue to support the community to be healthy and the toolkit is one resource to help them live well after lockdown”, said Ms Nolan.
The toolkit was accessed by more than 200 people in the first 24 hours after being launched on November 9.
Centre Manager at Integricare Auburn Preschool, Begum Teknikeller was one of the first to download the toolkit.
“I’ll definitely use these on our online platforms as they are great resources for our families and a great visual guide to help parents and families,” she said.
We encourage you to share the tiles with your family, friends, local community groups or on social media.