“I was so excited to see my mainland family for Christmas but now I’m hesitant to see anyone in person. I’m starting to feel isolated.”

It’s normal to feel worried or a bit anxious during periods of change or uncertainty. This is our body’s way of trying to keep us safe. But if we feel worried or anxious for too long, it can become a problem. Try not to get caught up focussing on what might happen in the future. Instead take things one day at a time, and try to focus on the things you can control.

Try to remember that Tasmania has come a long way, and we’re in a much better position than we were when the pandemic started. At the beginning of the pandemic the only way to keep Tasmanians safe was to keep COVID out. We have more knowledge and understanding of the different strains of COVID now, and the things we can do to reduce our risk of catching it. Tasmania also has a very high vaccination rate, which further helps to prevent the spread of COVID.

Want to talk to someone?

Tasmanian-focused and Tasmanian based, A Tasmanian Lifeline offers non-judgmental, one-off or ongoing support for anyone having a tough time. If you are feeling overwhelmed, need a listening ear or friendly voice to reassure you, highly skilled Support Workers are here ready to talk to you.