Feeling stressed at a time like this is perfectly normal. Whether you’re worried about exposure to the virus, loved ones getting ill, job security and finances or you’re affected by caring responsibilities, you have a lot to cope with right now.
Write down anything that you’re worried about. Just getting those worries down on paper can get them out of your head and make them seem smaller. Ask yourself whether there is anything you can do today to make them better. If not, perhaps it’s ok to leave them alone and make them less significant.
Take care of your basic needs. Look for a balance of working, resting, exercise, caring. You’ll be giving a lot right now so how do you fill up the tank when it’s empty?
Focus on basic tasks. You don’t need to beat performance targets, cook three-course meals or clean your house from top to bottom. Think about what is most important to you and prioritise. If some things don’t get done, allow yourself to say “that’s ok”.
Talk. Keep in contact with friends and family. Social media is very useful but if you’re on lockdown at home, find someone you can call and speak to at least once a day. You may find that you can support each other. If you bottle up how you feel it will just weigh you down.
Remember to STOP if you’re feeling overwhelmed:
Take a breath
Observe your reaction and how you're feeling
Pull back and look for a different perspective.
We cannot escape coverage of the coronavirus epidemic right now. It is dominating news headlines around the world, bringing stories of lockdown, suffering and death as well as courage, resilience and hope.
There is understandably a lot of anxiety and worry in our local community. You may be dealing with the effects of the virus yourself or worried about the health of family members. Your mood may be suffering the effects of isolation in lockdown or you may be struggling to maintain a positive outlook for children or others you care for. For many of us, relationships are tested by lockdown conditions and increased stress.
You are not alone. Should you wish to access counselling therapy privately, Alliance Psychology are currently offering affordable rates of £40 per session with our experienced team of private and workplace therapists who will support and guide you through this difficult time.
All counselling sessions are being delivered via telephone or online platforms so if you would like to talk, give us a call today on 01642 352747.
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