As Victorians prepare for a further easing of lockdown restrictions, increasing numbers of Australian’s face the very real prospect of wearing jeans again.
“I’ve been wearing nothing but pyjamas and activewear for the last three months,” says local woman Rachel Varcoe.
“But I tried on my jeans this afternoon and they didn’t fit. Not even close.”
And she’s not alone.
Mental health experts say the post lockdown torment of attempting to wear jeans again is causing significant anxiety and uncertainty.
“That’s why the Victorian government is committing $4.4 million dollars to telehealth and counselling services for those trying on their jeans again,” says Premier Dan Andrews.
The Victorian Department of Health says the average Melbourne resident has gained 1.84 kilograms during the pandemic.
“It’s a difficult time for many,” says the Premier. “But our mental health plan will instil confidence in all Australians, so we can get this great state moving again.”