It is without doubt an extremely scary time for us all and whilst the consequences of Covid-19 means we all have restrictions imposed affecting the way we live our day to day lives, it is important to remember that these are temporary measures and try to make the most of the things we CAN do.
For those who struggle with mental health issues the restrictions imposed can feel overwhelming and it is important to stay in touch where possible. For those living on their own ensure you are in touch with family and friends via the telephone, internet or through social media and remember it is ok not to feel ok – let others know how you are feeling.
There are things we can all do to help ourselves:
- Please follow the guidelines regarding hygiene and social distancing
- If you are in isolation try to stay in touch with family and friends
- Keep busy
- Don`t get caught up watching every news story
- Set new goals
- Try to enjoy some kind of exercise where possible
- Binge watch a new series on tv or netflix
- Catch up on those jobs you never seem to find time to do
- Learn something new
- Plan something to look forward to
- Try to be positive and influence others to be positive – perhaps through social media
- Use resources available to you to keep in touch with family
- If you find yourself struggling, tell someone or write down your thoughts, don`t bottle things up
- Remember this will be over with at some point
- Imagine what its going to feel like when life returns to normal
- Use the time to become a better version of yourself
Due to the current situation I am unable to provide face to face counselling but I can provide telephone or Skype counselling sessions.