Even during COVID19, you may want to stay connected with people who can support you.
Try these things to stay connected, during this time:
Create support networks
Be intentional - you can choose who you want to connect with. Connect with people who are supportive and help your wellbeing.
If you are in Alert Level 3 (Auckland only), try these things with supportive friends or family:
- Stick to your bubble. Reach out to supportive people outside of your bubble via text, Facebook, or video chat.
If you are in Alert Level 2, try these things with supportive friends or family:
- Meeting up for a coffee or visiting a local cafe. Remember to keep at least 1 meter of physical distance with other members of the public in hospitality environments.
- Visit a local cinema, museum, or park. Maintain physical distancing and keep up good hygiene Keep track of where you have been, and who you have seen.
- Continue with any virtual support networks you may have started during lockdown – keep using video calls and having virtual dinners or coffee dates, if these things worked well for you.
Many alcohol and other drug services are still supporting people over this time. Call the alcohol and drug helpline 0800 787 797 or contact your local alcohol and other drug service to find out what support they provide.
Needle exchanges remain open. Click here for the opening hours in your area.
AA and NA are using Zoom to meet. Click here for the meeting timetable and links:
Living Sober is an online community of fellow New Zealander’s supporting each other in alcohol recovery and you can join for free.
Methamphetamine help is also available.
Meth Help Counselling Service - 0800 6384 4357
P Pull is a closed Facebook peer-support group. Request access here.
Tips to stay on track
COVID19 has been a scary time for many of us. But it can also be helpful to look at it as a time to pause for a moment. You have probably been through many changes in your life and this can be another opportunity to stop and think about what is important to you.
Remember to be gentle with yourself and to keep as happy and healthy as you can.
You could try some of these things:
- Make a list of things that are important to you.
- Make a list of things that you are grateful for.
- Identify what your warning signs are - your ‘soft limits’ (early warning signs) and your ‘hard limits’ (signs that you need to do something different immediately).
- Identify what you can do to destress or relax without using alcohol or other drugs.
- Think about goals that you have achieved and set new goals.
- Think about who is important in your life and let them know they are important to you.
- Identify activities that interest you.
- Think about what values are important to you and how you live those values.
- Do an act of kindness for someone else.
- Watch YouTube videos to learn a new skill.
- Notice and replace unhelpful thoughts.
- Practice allowing yourself to feel OK with being bored.
- Find ways to be creative.
- Get some fresh air.