How to connect during a forced isolation period?
The current pandemic has put a spotlight on social connection. Here at Soldier On we have a team of Psychologists and Activity staff that work hard to connect veterans and support them in healthy lives going forward. Those that we consider to be the most ‘at need’ at the moment are the already isolated or anxious in our community.
What are some ways to help this?
FRIENDS – Friendships offer many mental health benefits, such as increased feelings of belonging, purpose, happiness, reduced levels of stress, improved self-worth, and confidence. Whether it’s your oldest mate from school or a new buddy from a Soldier On program, check in and have a chat.
KEEP ACTIVE – One of the key values in our team is that being active is important for everyone. It has a positive impact on our mental and physical health, especially in times of change and stress. For the more active, it can shape your identity and define your social network. Keep a routine, get outside, and stay safe. Maybe grab a person you trust and head on adventures, or perhaps become an avid photographer!
CREATIVE COMMUNICATIONS – As our lifestyle alters each day remember that staying connected matters. Get online and find the old mates you’ve not been able to find time for, make plans for what happens after this pandemic, and keep in touch with your normal groups and family networks. Share funny memes and keep spirits high. Perhaps make a pact to get that online education course started with another veteran and make time to visit them (outside and 4 metres apart!) to go over some of the assessments.
Soldier On will move to maintaining activities where it is low risk and easy to run no matter who shows up. Walking groups will become available in each state in place of other standard activities so keep an eye out for those closest to you!