Rob Mills has opened up about the heartbreaking affect the coronavirus border restrictions have had on him.
In an interview on the SmoothFM podcast, Separate Bathrooms and Other Handy Marriage Tips, with Cameron and Alison Daddo, the Aussie actor said he got ‘pretty flat’ in late June when he wasn’t able to attend a friend’s funeral, revealing he found himself not being able to get out of bed.
"I think I was pretty upbeat until late June. I lost a few friends to cancer and couldn't get to their funerals, had a run in with NSW COVID agents up in NSW, was told I couldn't attend a funeral even though I tested negative,” he said.
“Anyway it was a pretty tough time. That drive home was pretty sad,” Rob said, going on to reveal he did manage to watch the funeral live.
Speaking of being in lockdown in Melbourne, Rob said when restrictions previously eased he was able to go out with friends and have people around to the house, saying: ‘I pushed some alcohol into my system that I hadn’t done in a long time’.
He said he then realised ‘I don’t need this, this isn’t really good for me, alcohol’s a depressant, probably don’t need this right now’.
"Yeah so I got pretty sad for a bit and I found myself not being able to get out of bed, I don’t think Georgie even noticed it that much. I was pretty good at keeping it a secret,” he said of his girlfriend, ABC presenter Georgie Tunny.
He previously told the Daily Mail: “I was just going through the motions and found myself caught up in a routine of unhealthy habits of drinking more, scrolling aimlessly on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and obsessing over the solutions to COVID-19.
“None of these things were good for me. They made me feel increasingly angry at the world. A lot of days, I just didn't want to get out of bed. I couldn't see the point.”
The 38-year-old said he was playing playstation, staying up late and not reading as much, which was affecting his mental health.
To get out of the rut he was in, Rob got back into reading, ran a half marathon in July, and picked his guitar back up, with a routine and purpose making a huge difference for him.
Rob went on to say that he believes this year has been all about ‘shining a light on yourself and introspection’.