Q&A: Wendy Waller - How I am handling coronavirus lockdown

This week we continue our series of Question and Answer articles where we speak to a Western Sydney resident about how they are handling self-isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This week we speak with Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller who tells us what she's been doing to keep mind and body active during this time.

What are you reading?

Currently I'm reading Peter Rabbit with the kids for their home schooling. We are nearly finished.

What are you watching?

I'm watching a lot of news and current affairs programs, and I have also starting painting again.

What music are you listening to?

Whatever is on the radio I will listen to, I'm fairly easy.

What are you cooking?

We are cooking quite a bit, but are having trouble getting flour and sugar. I still had some in the pantry so we've made, cakes, pasta and sausage rolls.

How are you staying fit, both physically and mentally?

We are using FaceTime, Zoom and Microsoft Teams to meet up with family members especially those overseas.

I think this is the longest time my husband and I have been physically together in over 20 years. He works away from home but can't at the moment due to the current restrictions. It's really nice and I'm enjoying it I must admit.

Some long standing house-repairs are being attended to, which is a bonus.

What's the one thing keeping you sane?

I'm taking it a day at a time that's helping. We're pretty positive actually.

Are you working from home? If so how's that going, if not what's work like for you now?

We are pretty well set up for working from home so it's been a pretty smooth transition. Getting used to the different software is a bit challenging but otherwise we are doing OK.

What's something positive you've witnessed or experienced since the coronavirus hit?

Generally, most folks have been positive and helpful during this time, a time, I don't believe anyone could have foreseen 12 months ago

What have you learned about yourself amid the crisis?

I have found I like routine, which helps me through the day, keeping busy has also helped.

What's your advice for others to cope with the crisis?

I think people need to reach out to friends and relatives, or members of their communities so they don't become totally isolated. Contact folk regularly and remember, this too will pass. This is only temporary. Things could change but there will be recovery.