Adapting to lockdown level updates

Following the government’s recent announcements regarding COVID-19 levels, it’s normal to feel mānukanuka or anxious.

Despite these challenging times, remember that we’ve got through this once before and can do it again. Looking after our wellbeing is really important at the moment, there are some simple things that we can all do to look after ourselves and others.

Try to focus on helpful measures that are within our control, rather than getting stuck on the things that are not. Be kind and regularly check in with others, keep learning, set daily goals and get outside and active if you are able to.

You can find tips for managing your wellbeing via the Be Well pages.

Reducing risk of transmission

Remember that Aotearoa is prepared for this, we can all take the following practical measures together to reduce the risk of further transmission:

  • If you haven’t already done so, download the NZ COVID Tracer app and spend the next few days taking note of where you’ve been and who you’ve spent time with. 
  • If you experience any symptoms at all, stay home and call Healthline or your GP to get tested.
  • Practise good hand hygiene, physical distancing, and wear a mask if you need to go outside. Tips on how to make your own mask can be found here.

Look after yourself

Tough times can affect us all differently. Take some time to pause and breath, and remember to reach out for help if you are struggling to cope. The University community is here for you.

The following support services are available to you remotely, should you need them:

  • The University Health and Counselling Service is still operating (primarily via virtual and phone consultation) and can be contacted on 0800 698 427 for an appointment.
  • For immediate counselling assistance via text or phone you can contact 1737 (a free, 24/7 service).
  • You can find out about financial support, here.
  • If you have any questions about the University’s response to COVID-19, you can email coronavirus@auckland.ac.nz.

Last time we had community contagion we stood together and got through it. Let's gain perspective and strength from that and do it again.

He waka eke noa.

Image taken from thespinoff.co.nz/society/12-08-2020/siouxsie-wiles-toby-morris-dont-panic-we-can-do-this-together