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The Bachelor's Irena Srbinovska shares an update on her mental health


Bachelor star Irena Srbinovska has shared a candid update on her mental health, days after admitting she felt ‘broken’ due to Western Australia’s recent border closures.   

The reality star relocated from Perth to her Melbourne hometown over the weekend, after telling fans she’d been ‘struggling being away’ from her family in Victoria.  

As a result, the nurse is now separated indefinitely from her boyfriend Locklan Gilbert, who remains trapped within Western Australia’s deadlocked borders.    

'I am feeling like myself again': The Bachelor's Irena Srbinovska, 32, (pictured) has shared an update on her mental health after relocating to Melbourne from Perth amid Western Australia's border closures

‘I am feeling like myself again’: The Bachelor’s Irena Srbinovska, 32, (pictured) has shared an update on her mental health after relocating to Melbourne from Perth amid Western Australia’s border closures 

On Thursday, Irena returned to social media for an Instagram Story Q&A, responding to one fan who asked how her mental health was going.   

‘I decided when the announcement was made that WA was NOT going to open up as PLANNED and PROMISED that I would still go home to see my family as I felt I needed it,’ she began. 

‘I am feeling like myself again after resetting here at home. Nothing like a hug from my family and my mum’s cooking to reset the body and mind. Plus hugs from [my family dog] Leo.’ 

Candid: On Thursday, Irena returned to social media for an Instagram Story Q&A, responding to one fan who asked how her mental health was going

Candid: On Thursday, Irena returned to social media for an Instagram Story Q&A, responding to one fan who asked how her mental health was going

Apart: The reality star relocated from Perth to her Melbourne hometown over the weekend, after telling fans she'd been 'struggling being away' from her family in Victoria. As a result, the nurse is now separated indefinitely from her boyfriend Locklan Gilbert (right) who remains trapped within Western Australia's deadlocked borders

Apart: The reality star relocated from Perth to her Melbourne hometown over the weekend, after telling fans she’d been ‘struggling being away’ from her family in Victoria. As a result, the nurse is now separated indefinitely from her boyfriend Locklan Gilbert (right) who remains trapped within Western Australia’s deadlocked borders 

Irena, who relocated to live with Locky in Perth months after they found love on The Bachelor in 2020, also confirmed that she’d found a new job in Melbourne since returning home. 

‘Going back to work has been a challenge, adjusting to a new hospital, new staff and going back to shift work has been a little hard than I thought but going back to work has given purpose, routine and it’s filled my heart with warmth again,’ she wrote. 

‘I love my job, nursing is more of a passion for me thank work. I think it’s really important that we talk about mental health and our struggles.’ 

'Going back to work has given purpose, routine and it's filled my heart with warmth again': Irena, who relocated to live with Locky (right) in Perth months after they found love on The Bachelor in 2020, also confirmed that she'd found a new job in Melbourne since returning home

‘Going back to work has given purpose, routine and it’s filled my heart with warmth again’: Irena, who relocated to live with Locky (right) in Perth months after they found love on The Bachelor in 2020, also confirmed that she’d found a new job in Melbourne since returning home

Irena insisted that mental health shouldn’t be a taboo topic, and that it’s OK to ask others for help.  

‘We all get stressed, we all have our moments but it’s recognising when you need help or when someone around you needs a helping hand is vital,’ she said. 

‘I am super lucky that Locky has been my rock, he is always there for me. I am also so lucky that I have absolutely amazing friends in Perth.’

He's got her back! 'I am super lucky that Locky has been my rock, he is always there for me. I am also so lucky that I have absolutely amazing friends in Perth,' she wrote

He’s got her back! ‘I am super lucky that Locky has been my rock, he is always there for me. I am also so lucky that I have absolutely amazing friends in Perth,’ she wrote 

Irena added that she’s been reading, journaling, walking and sitting in the sunlight to alleviate her anxiety.   

Mr McGowan announced last Thursday that WA’s borders would remain closed indefinitely because opening up would be ‘reckless’, instead bringing a series of huge changes to entry rules.

The February 5 reopening date had been scrapped because of raising Omicron cases and low booster rates in WA, and no alternative date was been given.

Backlash: Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan (pictured on December 13) has been facing intense backlash from public figures after announcing the state's borders will remain closed indefinitely

Backlash: Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan (pictured on December 13) has been facing intense backlash from public figures after announcing the state’s borders will remain closed indefinitely

Responding to the news via an impassioned Instagram post last week, Irena wrote: ‘I am broken. I will be taking a break off socials, my heart and soul just can’t handle this latest setback from seeing my family back home.’ 

‘I have been struggling being away from my loved ones and I was so optimistic but once again Mark McGowan has broken his promise.’  

If you or anyone you know is struggling, contact Lifeline or Beyond Blue 

Emotional: Last week, Irena shared an article covering Mr McGowan's decision and said she was 'broken'. Mr McGowan confirmed last Thursday the reopening date of February 5 would be abandoned due to surging Omicron cases and low third-dose rates in WA

Emotional: Last week, Irena shared an article covering Mr McGowan’s decision and said she was ‘broken’. Mr McGowan confirmed last Thursday the reopening date of February 5 would be abandoned due to surging Omicron cases and low third-dose rates in WA 

QUARANTINE AND TESTING REQUIREMENTS FOR ELIGIBLE TRAVELLERS ENTERING WA

Double dose vaccinated international arrivals will be required to: 

– While double dose vaccinated international arrivals will not be required to quarantine and are not subject to the arrivals cap, unvaccinated international arrivals will be required to quarantine for 14 days, either in a designated hotel or the future quarantine facility.

– All international travel into WA remains subject to the Commonwealth’s biosecurity and border settings – as that being the responsibility of the Commonwealth Government.

– All domestic arrivals, aged 12 and over, must be double dose vaccinated, unless ineligible or medically exempt.

– All domestic travellers coming into WA will need a G2G Pass 

Testing requirements for domestic arrivals fall under three categories:

– Interstate arrivals coming into WA or WA travellers leaving and returning on a trip that is six days or more will require a negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure prior to travelling to WA, and undertake a negative PCR test within 48 hours of arrival

– Interstate arrivals coming into WA for five days or less will require a negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure but are not required to have any tests on arrival into WA

– WA travellers who leave then return to WA within 5 days or less do not need a test before arriving back into the State, but they will require a PCR test within 48 hours of returning

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