BY ROBYN BAILEY Regional Youth Ministry Coordinator
Our experiences of this pandemic vary. Our home, work, school, and personality can influence how we feel the effects of social isolation. Undoubtablely there are some people who are thriving in their current circumstances and those who aren’t. It is okay to be wherever you are at.
Today, we will give some tips and advice to try and find peace in your everyday life.
Find time for relaxation
Before we tackle how relaxation could look for you, let’s look at ways we can find the time for it. One way is to schedule the time. For example, at 4 pm, I will unplug from my phone for 30 minutes to read a blog. By creating an allocated time for such activities, we are ensuring that we get the most of the time to focus on our wellbeing.
Plenty of resources that have been created to help you relax are just a Google search away. Some great examples include guided Christian meditation, going for long walks, baking for someone else, writing a letter to a relative, and reading a book. Look at what works for you already. When you become comfortable in your relaxation time, try something new.
Be 5-10 minutes early
Zoom has been a blessing for many. We can connect with people for school, work, and even for our social life. Anxiety can build up when you have reached your designated start time, and you cannot find the meeting link, or you haven’t gotten your books ready, or you’ve forgotten to get a glass of water. This can make our minds frazzled. We can take steps to remove some anxiety by turning up to our meetings 10 minutes early and getting everything ready. We can do a lot in 10 minutes.
Reorganise or declutter? These two concepts are highly regarded in helping provide clarity and peacefulness not only to the mind but also to the body. As Christians, we are called away from material possessions to seek God and our place in Heaven instead. However, we still need materials to live our everyday lives.
It is important to note here that most, if not all, goodwill stores such as the Red Cross or Vinnies are currently not accepting donations due to COVID-19. This doesn’t stop us though, from throwing away unnecessary items or reorganising our clothes and stationery drawers. You’ll soon find out whether you want to keep absolutely everything in your room or not. Below is an interesting link on different ways to tackle your personal space or workspace.
I’ve made an unofficial rule for myself for the mornings; I’m not allowed to scroll on my phone for the first 30 minutes I am awake. It was an easy decision as I feel stress looking up the news or scrolling my social feeds at 7 am. Recently I’ve stopped using my phone on my morning walk. I love lip-syncing and sometimes dancing in the street; however, one morning I was walking to the beat of nature and I haven’t stopped since. Technology is amazing and has some impressive benefits now that the world has gone virtual. But, it’s also so important to take a step back from it every once in a while.
It can be easy to skim past peace and long for it in times of trouble. By choosing peace now and allowing it to flow within you every day, time of trouble might not seem so bad. Whichever choice you make, own it.
Account means the account held at your financial institution from which we are authorised to arrange for funds to be debited.
Agreement means this Direct Debit Request Service Agreement between you and us, including the direct debit request.
Business day means a day other than a Saturday or a Sunday or a listed public holiday.
Debit day means the day that payment is due.
Debit payment means a particular transaction where a debit is made, according to your direct debit request.
Direct debit request means the Direct Debit Request between us and you.
Us and we and our means the Catholic Development Fund.
You means the customer(s) who signed the direct debit request. Your financial institution is the financial institution where you hold the account that you have authorised us to arrange to debit.
Debiting your account
By submitting a direct debit request, you have authorised us to arrange for funds to be debited from your account according to the agreement we have with you.
We will only arrange for funds to be debited from your account:
As authorised in the direct debit request; if the debit day falls on a day that is not a business day, we may direct your financial institution to debit your account on the following or previous business day. If you are unsure about which day your account has or will be debited, please check with your financial
Changes by you
If you wish to stop or defer a debit payment you must write to us at least 5 business days before the next debit day.
This notice should be given to us in the first instance.
It is your responsibility to ensure that there are sufficient clear funds available in your account to allow a debit payment to be made.
If there are insufficient clear funds available in your account to meet a debit payment:
you or your account may be charged a fee and/or interest by your financial institution;
you or your account may be charged a fee to reimburse us for charges we have incurred for the failed transaction;
you must arrange for the payment to be made by another method
Please check your account statement to verify that the amounts debited from your account are correct.
If you believe that there has been an error in debiting your account you should call us on 1800 047 703 and confirm the details in writing with us as soon as possible so that we can resolve your query quickly.
You should check:
with your financial institution whether direct debiting is available from your accounts offered by financial
your account details which you have provided to us are correct by checking them against a recent account statement; and
with your financial institution before completing the direct debit request if you have any queries about how to complete the direct debit
Warning: if the account number you have quoted is incorrect, you may be charged a fee to reimburse our costs in correcting any deductions from:
an account you do not have authority to operate; or
an account you do not
We will keep any information (including your account details) in your direct debit request confidential.
We will make reasonable efforts to keep any such information that we have about you secure and to ensure that any of our employees or agents who have access to information about you, do not make any unauthorised use, modification, reproduction or disclosure of that information.
However, we may use your contact details to provide information about the fund. Should you wish this not to be the case, please advise the fund in writing.
Our diocesan logo is theologically rich and very succinct. As a hand, it depicts our mission as a diocese and as individuals within the diocese, of bearing (bringing, carrying) Christ’s love to one another and to the world around us. In this, we are the hand of Jesus Christ, and we are offering ourselves to him so that he might work through us.
We can be the bearers of his love only as a response to his call and in the strength of his grace. We are reminded of this in two ways—through the symbol of the dove (the Holy Spirit) also present in the logo, and by the incorporation of the cross that segments the logo. The presence of the cross is a reminder that bearing the love of Christ will inevitably cost us if we live it authentically. However, in the way that the Cross is the portent of redemption and life—an echo of the tree of life in the book of Genesis—so becoming bearers of the love of Christ will also bring us to life.
The four fingers of the hand also represent the four regions of our diocese. The first is bluerepresenting the beautiful water of the Shoalhaven. The second is a blue and green combination representing the waters and escarpment of the Illawarra. The third is greendepicting the hills and plains of the Macarthur. The fourth is dark green illustrating the forests of the Southern Highlands.