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Mental Health Challenges in a Strange New Word

May 11th, 2020
Along with the acute health effects of COVID-19, the pandemic is associated with a number of long-term mental health challenges. Long periods of isolation, lack of activity, and large-scale anxiety are having a profound effect on people with existing mental health conditions. Worrying new symptoms are also arising for people without a history of mental illness, as everyone struggles with the harsh realities of a strange new world. Self-care and mindfulness have a huge role to play as we transition to a new kind of "normal", with human connections and physical activity also key.

Coronavirus has led to a sharp increase in anxiety across the globe, as people adjust their lives to what is a very real threat. The world doesn't seem as safe as it did just a few weeks ago, with public places and other people representing a possible source of infection. Feelings of stress and anxiety are a common reaction to the disease, not just to the possibility of developing acute physical symptoms, but also to the overall and sometimes unshakable feeling of uncertainty.

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Which Industries are Winning During Isolation

May 4th, 2020
Before we talk about the success stories, it's important to put things in perspective. Global markets have fallen sharply, with the FTSE, Dow Jones Industrial Average, and Nikkei all seeing huge falls over the last few months. The US Senate passed a record-breaking USD$2 trillion aid bill to help people survive, with most other nations passing their own relief packages. The global tourism industry was decimated overnight, the arts and events management sectors are pretty much non-existent, [...]

Real Estate in Limbo

April 20th, 2020

The financial impacts of coronavirus are starting to affect every aspect of our lives, and the real estate market is not immune. While the shear size of the housing market gives it some insulation from the effects of the pandemic, buyers and sellers remain uncertain in these very strange times. The property market in Australia is somewhat in limbo, as […]

How is the Stimulus Package being Funded

April 20th, 2020

The Australian government has unveiled the largest economic stimulus package in the nation’s history, with $320 billion made available to combat the economic impacts of the pandemic. As “the biggest economic lifeline in Australia’s history,” according to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, this money is designed to boost the welfare system, support workers, and keep businesses alive during this difficult time. […]

Keeing in Touch with Friends Remotely

April 20th, 2020

As everyone becomes accustomed to staying at home, keeping in touch with friends and family is more important than ever. While handshakes are well-and-truly out of fashion and hugs are reserved to members of your family unit, there are lots of digital tools that help us to stay connected and keep in touch despite iso-life. From Facebook and Twitter to […]

How to keep fit at home

April 14th, 2020

The coronavirus is affecting every aspect of life, from work to play to exercise and fun. While going outside to exercise is one of the few things allowed at the moment, not everyone likes walking down empty streets or trying to avoid people while jogging. Gyms are off-limits, team sports are cancelled, and even beaches are a no-go area in […]

Getting Creative with your Kids at Home

April 6th, 2020

With many people in full lockdown mode due to the coronavirus, lots of us are stuck inside with the kids. While this situation can certainly be challenging and doesn’t always run smoothly, there’s a lot you can do to keep your kids entertained. Creative projects are a great way to spend some time, with even the simplest ideas likely to […]

Where Aussies are Moving to & From

March 18th, 2020

Australians move between suburbs and states all the time, selling and buying property as they go. Whether you move to a bigger house or downsize to a smaller apartment, financial and lifestyle factors continue to drive demographic changes within Australian cities. The data used in this article is based on the Australia Post mail redirection service from March 2013 to […]

Getting your home Ready for Isolation

March 16th, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is in full flight, with social distancing and isolation fast becoming the new normal. With new limits placed on social gatherings everyday and public spaces turning into ghost towns, living and working at home is the new reality for a growing number of people. Despite selfish behaviour at supermarkets, getting your home ready for isolation is about […]

House Prices Back at Record Levels

March 13th, 2020

House prices are once again at significant highs in Australia, with a surge in February sending most capitals back to record levels. All state capitals other than Darwin experienced price gains, with Sydney leading the way and Melbourne not far behind. While Sydney is still down 3.7% from its peak in mid-2017, and the coronavirus will definitely impact the market, […]

The Rise of Female Sport

March 9th, 2020

Over the last decade, we have seen a tremendous rise in the popularity of women’s sport around the world. Highlighted recently in Melbourne with the popularity of the Women’s Cricket World Cup and AFLW competitions, women’s sport is very much on an upwards trajectory. Almost 50% of women are interested in sport, more people are tuning in to watch women’s […]