COVID-19 Virus update
MAIA understands that over the past week the regulations and recommendations around COVID-19 Virus are updated daily and many confused regarding what to do around social distancing, prevention and self-care. Our priority is your wellbeing both physically and emotionally/mentally during such uncertain times.
Filtering the information you get from media
We have included some information below and will update our website and Facebook page [MPS1] every few days to keep you all informed. We will try to filter social media, media outlet and governmental information for you so that you can stay informed without drowning in an ocean of posts and misinformation. Here is the link to our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pg/maiapsychology/posts/
Upgraded hygiene practices at MAIA
We have developed a policy for hygiene at MAIA in compliance with recent Queensland Health best practice guidelines https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19. Rooms and surfaces are cleaned with antibacterial grade cleaner 3 x per day. We will have some hand sanitizer available at reception (until stocks run out) and keep windows open in reception and ‘in session’ to keep fresh air circulating throughout our practice.
Please bring your own sanitizer if you have it as we have very limited stock. We have also found a recipe for making sanitizer at home you may want to try out (all readily available on shelves). We don’t know if this is scientifically proven, it may be your best option if you have no others:
Mix aloe vera gel with one of the following:
Tea tree oil;
eucalyptus oil; or
We are encouraging our clients to opt for social distancing as it seems to be the most effective method for slowing down the spread of the virus as well as the load on the public health system. This includes the following:
Avoiding large gatherings;
Isolating if you have even mild symptoms;
Isolating for the recommended period of you have been diagnosed;
Isolating if you know someone who has been diagnosed; and
Being aware of hygiene when in public, washing hands, hand sanitizer and don’t touch mouth, eyes or nose. Masks are only effective to stop you from touching your face and should be used if you have symptoms only.
Social distancing is not just about protecting ourselves but also reduces risk for our elderly as well as most vulnerable members of our population. Please see our Facebook page for some very informative links regarding safe levels of social distancing and how to look after our community.
If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 or have someone close to you with a postive diagnosis
There is no shame in contracting the COVID-19 virus. Reach out to us and we will offer online support to help you navigate the fears and isolation.
PLEASE DO NOT CANCEL YOUR SESSION
Your ongoing self-care and mental health is one of the most important pillars of wellbeing to get through this period of time. If you want to socially distance, we can skype/zoom/ telephone you in the comfort of your own home for your session. If you need help setting up skype or zoom please call reception and we will be happy to help you.
If your income reduces significantly because of the economic effect of COVID-19, call us, please do not cancel because you can’t afford it, we want our clients to continue to get support. Together, we will work something out for you.
If you have any questions or concerns please call us, no question will be considered silly or unreasonable. During times like these we want you to communicate and not be ashamed to ask, if we don’t have the answers we will try to connect you with resources and support that does.
Anxiety about COVID-19
Panic and fear are going to be natural responses at times especially given the increasing restrictions placed on our day to day lives. Psychological support is going to helpful through this period of time.
The media may be causing anxiety as a result of the following factors:
Making people hypervigilant, constantly looking around for threats
Causing ruminating thoughts about COVID-19COVID-19 , think of your mind as real estate and now ask how much real estate has COVID-19 taken up in my head?
Not engaging in previously enjoyed activities, many of us, including me, are opting to not to the gym and group classes/ sports have been cancelled in many areas.
Changes in trust and sense of safety or danger within our community
All of the above can trigger or worsen already existing mood related issues. The above measures aren’t predicted to change for the foreseeable future in fact we can expect further restrictions in the coming weeks. At MAIA we will be sharing coping strategies for our clients to stay well despite the restrictions on our social participation and wellbeing.
Coping with changes to day to day living:
Some examples that we are integrating in our own homes and practices are:
Defining our top 3 values to navigate this period of time and think of how we can uphold them. Mine are: health, community and grounding.
Changing up how we exercise (think yoga on the lawn or online videos, group tik tok sessions at home)
Shopping at our local farmers markets, they are open air and we are supporting local small business. Online shopping where possible.
Limiting the real estate COVID-19 gets in our lives. Continue to talk about other things, only google reputable sites and give yourself a COVID-19 update time each day (only 30 minutes) instead of unconsciously scrolling all day.
Ground yourself. Use the extra time to slow down, become mindful, sit in the sun and have a cup of tea, play a board game with your loves ones, make that phone call to a relative or friend, do some grounding exercises (we will develop some recordings and add them to our website over the coming days.
Be mindful of our elderly and other vulnerable populations. What can we all do to increase the safety, health and wellbeing of people who will be most at risk during this time.
Eat well, drink plenty of water and get a good night’s sleep. This will all help with immunity too.
Please call us, check out our facebook page and our website for details.
We will develop a more detailed post about how to navigate COVID-19 stress and isolation and share it on our website and facebook page.
So, please remember we are here as a support for our community through this time and are happy to answer any questions you may have.
Our mantra at MAIA is to “stay calm and be responsive”.
Remember these times can strengthen our community or weaken it, lets all work together to make sure it is the former outcome. There are two images that represent our collective response. One is people fighting over toilet paper in shopping aisles, another is the moving image of Italians signing out of their windows in solidarity with each other. This represents a scale of how our communities could respond, please let us all be at the end of the scale that is true to our values and strengthens us all.
The MAIA team