Lake Cathie resident and Lifeline Mid Coast staff member Lisa Willows says it's important people remember to be kind during the worldwide COVID-19 health crisis.
The Port News is asking locals to share how they are adapting to changes and life amid the worldwide COVID-19 health crisis.
Ms Willows is currently working from home and her two children have also transitioned to home schooling through online means. However, one of her children is self-isolating due to being sick with a cold and under a GP's advice.
"I am spending the majority of my time with myself right now," Ms Willows said.
"The relationship is holding up quite well."
How are you coping with working and managing other commitments without leaving your house on a regular basis?
Ms Willows said working from home has meant a few adjustments have been made.
She said she's had to ask for documents to be emailed to her, whereas in the past she could've accessed them quickly.
"There are have been a couple of miscommunications in text, due to not being able to speak with someone," she said.
"We are sorting out small issues like that as we go along. I phone to speak to people when possible."
On the upside, Ms Willows said she tends to output a higher quality of work without interruptions.
"So I think it would be working in my employer's favour for now," she said.
However she does miss being on the forefront of what's happening in the office.
Who is the person you are spending majority of your time with now? How are the relationship/s holding up?
Ms Willows is spending the majority of time with herself and said the relationship is holding up quite well.
Her partner is staying at his own home permanently, due to him being a senior nurse at Port Base Hospital. Hes also caring for COVID-19 patients.
Ms Willows' two children are at home but one of them is currently isolated, due to having a cold and on advice from the GP.
"She doesn't have enough symptoms to qualify for the test, so we are taking precautions," Ms Willows said.
"I have fantastic kids who have adapted to our new situation really well."
What do you miss most about not being able to be out and about anymore?
Ms Willows is missing the simple things in life, such as the luxury of wandering around shops without the fear of contracting the virus.
"I also miss going to Sound Healing with my friend Sylvie once a fortnight. I miss the kids being able to attend drum lessons and hang out with their friends," she said.
"I miss hanging out with my friends and my partner."
What are your top three tips for keeping sane during this time?
Ms Willows said it's important to stick to a routine, keep social connections via technology and take some time to relax through meditation and exercise.
One example of staying connected, Ms Willows said is through joining online activities.
"My son joined one of my friends in online trivia last night on Jackbox.tv. They were all laughing and having a great time," she said.
Is there anything you believe our community could be doing better during this time?
Ms Willows said she is trying to be kind and patient within the community at this time.
"The world is in crisis, so we need to remember to support each other and be there for one another," she said.
For support, people can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.