The uncertainty of the current times we live in, mixed with physical distancing and isolation from families and loved ones due to the recent COVID lockdown has left many feeling anxious, stressed, and worried.
To help support people through these difficult circumstances, CatholicCare Wollongong under the direction of Lysa Fitzgerald, Acting Manager of CatholicCare's Families and Communities program, has released six Keeping Calm and Connected: Mindfulness webinars with practical steps to reflect and calm the mind.
Roseanne Plunkett, Executive Manager of Family Services at CatholicCare said now more than ever, it’s important for people to take the opportunity to stop and reflect, re-energise, and re-connect with who they are.
"These resources help us to remember the importance of looking after and being kind to ourselves, whether it be watching these recordings, or something else that brings you calm and joy,” said Mrs Plunkett.
The sessions provide an understanding of the benefits of mindfulness as well as some practical strategies to support our mental health” - Roseanne Plunkett
Peter Hill, Director of Schools in the Diocese of Wollongong said the ongoing support CatholicCare provides is invaluable to the wellbeing of Catholic school communities, helping people to move forward with hope during these difficult times.
“As we confront the challenges of lockdown and the uncertainties of this pandemic, I am grateful for the unwavering commitment and support CatholicCare provides to staff, students, and their families in our Catholic schools to help support the wellbeing of people,” said Mr Hill.
The Keeping Calm and Connected: Mindfulness webinars, along with a mindfulness reflection exercise 'A time to reflect with pride, love & gratitude during COVID-19' are available free of charge through the CatholicCare website.
The sessions focus on the following topics, with sessions ranging between 11 – 20 minutes:
Mindfulness & Self Care
Mindfulness & Sleep
Mindfulness & Compassion
Mindfulness & Worry
Mindfulness & Gratitude
If anyone is experiencing anxiety or stress and in need of counselling support, please contact CatholicCare on 02 4227 1122 to speak with a qualified professional.