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Disrupted and disappointed by COVID-19

Restaurants are closed, concerts cancelled and holidays postponed. It is disruptive and disappointing when events are cancelled due to COVID-19. But there are ways to lessen the disappointment.

Acknowledge the disappointment

Disappointment, in and of itself, is a painful and sad feeling that comes up when something disrupts our hopeful expectations and positive feelings. When longed for and enjoyable plans are cancelled, it is legitimate to feel sad, annoyed, anxious, even angry. Acknowledge we will feel grief. If you have children, allow them to share in your distress and encourage them to express their own feelings.

Accept the new normal

Recognise the COVID-19 pandemic is out of our control. It helps when we face up to reality, even if it is painful. Talk about your experiences and how you feel, and make time to listen to others. Make time and space to be alone with your thoughts and feelings. Unpleasant as our disappointments may be, remind yourself that by staying home and giving up normal life we are saving lives.

Do things!

Make other plans. When plan A can’t happen, come up with a plan B. And when we catch ourselves thinking negatively, redirect our energy and focus on positive solutions. When we become too preoccupied with thinking about situations that have not met our expectations, we can create unnecessary stress.

Inspiration for turning around disappointment

Can’t go camping? Pitch a tent in the garden instead.

Dinner plans cancelled. Put on a roast, light some candles and invite friends to join over video chat.

Movie date not on? Throw a movie night for one in the backyard.

Your team not playing. Watch a previous great game or grand final online.

Picnic not going ahead. Lay a rug down inside and feast on the floor.

Looking after yourself and others

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Whatever your living situation we’ve collected tips from the extended Red Cross family to help your family during self-isolation.

The COVID Collective podcast

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Be motived to stay the course by the Matildas and their off-field performance during COVID-19.

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