Coronavirus

Coronavirus is causing a deluge of anxiety and fear. As we modify our daily lives to keep everyone as safe as possible, I will still be seeing clients – but now on screen.

We can use Skype, Facetime, Zoom or VSee (a free, simple download that is more confidential).

If you prefer we can talk on the phone. I am here to help during these difficult times.

For holders of the Blue Light Card – workers in the Emergency Services NHS and Armed Forces – sessions will be at the reduced fee of £35.

www.bluelightcard.co.uk

Coronavirus and mental health

While we navigate these strange days, here are a few suggestions to help manage your anxiety or depression.

woman on balcony self-isolating during the Coronavirus crisis
Use some of these difficult days to catch up with old friends online, be creative or study online courses.

7 ways to manage your Coronavirus anxiety

1.Limit your amount of news intake. If possible, check in with the latest updates in the morning on TV or in the press and avoid rolling news channels – especially before you go to bed. Rolling news makes bad news relentless.

2.Try and avoid Twitter and other social media with its non-experts, opinions and gossip.

3.In times of national crisis we are pretty lucky to have the measured tones of the BBC. Here’s a link to their news pages. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news

4.Just do what you can. This crisis is beyond your control and I understand how hard that is for many people to hear, especially those who are driven to try and keep control. Just do your bit. Wash your hands properly and often. Keep your distance from others. Check in with the elderly and vulnerable and see if you can help them. Don’t panic buy.

Follow scientific advice by checking the NHS website –

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Keep your hands clean and your heart calm

5) Think about all the jobs and projects you have never had time to do. Now you have the time… clear out that cupboard or drawer, sort out your wardrobe.

6) But have fun too. The secret of happiness, according to Professor Paul Dolan, a world authority on what makes people happy, is this: ‘Every day – purpose and pleasure’. Spend time working or helping someone else. Then spend time rewarding yourself with a simple pleasure. Simple pleasures are TV, reading, board games, card games, digital games, planting seeds for summer salads or veg, preparing, then enjoying a favourite meal or drink. Now you have time to bake.

Read more about Professor Dolan and his work on https://pauldolan.co.uk/

7) Remember: this too, will pass. As a nation, as a global population, we often face terrible crises. Lessons are learnt and losses felt and we eventually find the joy in life once again.

If you need to talk please call or message me on 07879 297714. My email is [email protected]