Due to Covid-19, many of us are having to isolate and make changes to our daily life. During this, it is important to look for ways in which you can stay well. Here are some suggestions and resources for you to keep busy and well.

Reading

If you’re looking for something to do at home, reading is great for when you suddenly have a lot of extra time!

These titles will lift your spirits and there are plenty more eBooks and eMagazines for you to access and move onto when you’re done. All you need is your library card number and PIN!

eBooks

Fiction

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Carry on by Rainbow Rowell

A great book if you enjoyed Fangirl, as this is a side-story featuring the characters Simon and Baz.

A very tongue in cheek story that has everything you could ever need in a Young Adult novel – magic, mayhem, monsters, drama, mystery, the supernatural, and lots of kissing!

 

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Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

A great book if you enjoy light romance novels such as The Fault in Our Stars.

Based on a true story, the novel details an unlikely romance between Will and Stella - two patients with Cystic Fibrosis who cannot have any physical contact. As their relationship grows, they soon face the challenges of having to stay apart.

A very timely story about finding hope and love amongst chaos.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

Perfect for anyone who has read the previous books in the series or enjoys fantasy.

This is the last instalment in the Harry Potter series, wrapping up everything in a fantastic crescendo and lending further answers to how Voldemort came to power.

Non-fiction

 

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Dark Dreams edited by Sonja Dechian

Dark Dreams is an anthology of stories, interviews, and essays recounting the experiences of young refugees. These experiences give us a deeper understanding of their fight to survive, feelings of isolation and alienation in a new country, their hopes and dreams for the future, and life after trauma

 

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A Teen’s Guide to Getting Stuff Done by Shannon Jennifer

Sometimes we all need help in curbing procrastination. This fun guide will teach you how to recognise your habits and learn how to focus better. A great read if you struggle with school, study, chores, reading, or just about anything that requires you to sit and focus! A fantastic read if you are currently studying from home and finding it a little tricky

 

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The Stress Survival Guide for Teens by Jeffrey Bernstein

Like many people at the moment, you may be feeling stressed and overwhelmed by everything going on. This book will take you through the different strategies that can assist you in understanding your emotions, how you can work through them, and how to manage them so that you can feel more calm and optimistic.

 

eAudio

Fiction

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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

A classic novel detailing the lives of the March sisters while their father is away fighting in the civil war. During the chaos and hardship, the sisters try to make the best of their new life and find a new sense of closeness with each other. Through all of the mischief, bickering, silliness, and fun, the girls realise the importance of having each other. 

Non-Fiction

 

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Being an Adult by Lucy Tobin & Kat Poole 

A practical guide on everything you need to know on how to be an adult, from budgeting to surviving your first day at work.

It’s ok if you don’t know how to be an adult, this guide will teach you everything you need to know so that you can wing it.

 

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Growing Up Queer in Australia by Benjamin Law

A collection of stories and accounts from people in the LGBTQIA+ community, discussing their experiences and journeys of identity and acceptance. This book reminds us of the struggles, the hardship, the achievements, and the joy shared by the LGBTQIA+ community and provides hope for the future. 

 

eMagazines

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Australian Geographic: Discover the beauty of nature and wildlife from the comfort of your home

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Mollie Makes: Inspiration for a range of craft projects

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PC Gamer and PC Powerplay: Everything you need to know about all o f the current trends in gaming and computers

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Taste Magazine: Delicious, quick, and easy recipes to try out with your family

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Wellbeing Magazine: A collection of wellbeing strategies, healthy recipes, and calming articles

 

Film

Movies are a great way to escape and boost your mood. Here are some of our top picks available on Kanopy.

Movies and Documentaries on Kanopy

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The Dressmaker

A dark yet inspiring story about Tilly Dunnage, a dressmaker living in Paris who returns to her small hometown in Australia to repair the past and reconcile with her mother. Along the way, she transforms the lives of the women in the town, exacts revenge on those who wronged her, and discovers a love interest.

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Kedi

 A sweet movie about the stray cats living around Istanbul and how they impact the lives of the people around them.

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Lion

The inspirational true story of Saroo, a boy who gets separated from his family in India at the age of 5 and is adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, Saroo returns to India to begin the search for his birth parents.

 

Tips and Resources

Looking for more information about wellbeing? Here are some strategies that you can try out, as well as some resources that you can access for further information.

Wellbeing

Staying mentally well during isolation can be difficult but here are some ways that you can keep calm and look after yourself:

  • Maintain a routine
  • Make sure you are getting enough sleep
  • Ensure that you are eating well
  • Listen to a calming Audiobook or podcast
  • Follow a Yoga or fitness video
  • Meditate in the garden or a quiet space
  • Start a journal to collate your thoughts
  • Start a craft or project

 

There are many web-based services and information sources that you can access online, however if you need further mental health support, you can access the following online:

Fun things to do

Feeling bored? Here are some fun things to keep you busy:

  • Play a video game or board game
  • Go for a bike ride, walk, or skateboard
  • Participate in a tutorial on Lynda.com to learn something new
  • Have a dance to your favourite music
  • Cook or bake something tasty
  • Create some artwork
  • Have a movie marathon
  • Start an online discussion or group with your friends
  • Take photos of the nature or interesting scenery around your neighbourhood
  • Have a family quiz night
  • Learn a language
  • Read a genre you haven’t read before, e.g. horror, sci-fi, or romance.

Tips to stay healthy during Covid-19

Remember that the health of you and your family is top priority right now! There are several ways that you can keep yourself and others safe:

  • Reduce the amount of time spent in public facilities
  • Avoid visiting vulnerable friends or relatives such as babies and the elderly
  • Wash your hands regularly, especially after sneezing or coughing
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Stay home if you feel unwell
  • Seek out medical support if you are presenting with symptoms such as a dry cough, fever, or breathing difficulties

For more information and updates, you can visit:

https://www.health.gov.au/

Further resources

Need some more inspiration on what to read or listen to?

Apps

Headspace: Meditation and Sleep

A great app that provides tutorials on meditation, breathing exercises, strategies for anxiety and depression, and routines to sleep better

Moodpath

With this app, you can record your daily moods to better understand your emotional patterns and learn strategies on how to reduce stress

Scrabble GO

Whether you’re on your couch, in your room, or on a walk around your neighbourhood, you can still have fun playing scrabble

Duolingo

Learn a new language by practicing simple exercises each day

1 Second Everyday: Video Diary

Create a story of your daily life by recording 1 second per day

Studiosity

Study assistance anytime, anywhere! You have 24-hour access to feedback and support for your assignments and academic writing whenever you need it

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