"We have a growing number of people who are moving on with their lives and are excited about the future, and others who are still unable to progress as they're dealing with issues that seem beyond their control," says Dr D'aeth."A healthy recovery is one where nobody is left behind. This is a time when we all need to be patient with each other – we are involved in a long, slow, complicated process so looking out for ourselves and each other, especially those who are 'doing it hard', is crucial so we don't lose Canterbury's incredible sense of community."Dr Gordon says fatigue is also a problem at this stage of recovery.
"The longer we are out of our normal routines and facing challenges, the more of an issue fatigue is," says Dr Gordon.
Dr D'Aeth agrees.
"Early indications from our research also show many Cantabrians are exhausted. Life can be tiring at the best of times, but add in stressors like roadworks, insurance issues, battling to find somewhere to live long term, finding temporary accommodation while repairs are carried out, or living with family members for extended periods and some Cantabrians are finding life very tiring."
Dr Gordon says Cantabrians need to be very conscious about taking care of themselves."Look after your health, ensure you have a good balance between work and leisure and connect with others. Ask yourself 'what do I need to do to keep myself in a good space of mind?'" says Dr Gordon.
"It's all about making the little things which help us feel better a priority. So many things are out of our hands in Canterbury but we mustn't underestimate how the small things …like catching up with friends, a walk in the park or just noticing the amazing Canterbury sunsets…can improve our mental health and wellbeing," says Dr D'Aeth."These things are not trivial – they are what makes life worth living," concludes Dr D'Aeth.
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