Updated: Apr 13, 2020
It would be ignorant of me to produce a new blog without addressing the current situation. As we are all aware, there is a global pandemic. This is a scary time for the whole population both nationally and internationally. Period.
As a self proclaimed advocate for anxiety and mental health and having been a sufferer myself, I absolutely relate to anyone who's anxiety is peaking right now. That also goes for those who generally do not suffer. However, I will assume that if you reading this blog, you or a loved one is or has been a victim to anxiety.
This is an extremely tense time for all. There is so much information in the media, on social networks, in the newspapers and all around us regarding COVID-19. So I will not bombard you with researched statistics. What I will say is that, and forgive me for stating the obvious, we are all in the same predicament.
A few things we can do, as well as conforming to government guidelines, to protect our mental health are:
Turn off the TV. Allow 10 minutes in the morning to catch up with the latest bulletins and then make a conscious decision to not check the news until the end of the day. This is not selfish or ignorant and it does not mean you don't care. It just means that you are trying everything to remain calm during this uncertain time.
Keep busy. A hobby you've put off. Some cleaning you've been meaning to do. The sock drawer you've been promising yourself to organise. Or perhaps distract yourself with a board game with the kids or your partner. Or maybe some music - something upbeat. Something to get you dancing and smiling. Because the moment we stop busying ourselves with life as we know it right now, will be when anxiety will creep in to surprise you.
Try to sleep more. The majority of us have isolated ourselves and are adhering to social distancing right now. This means we aren't in our normal day-to-day routines of going to work, cooking, cleaning and then going to bed late to wake up early. Now is a good time to get in some early nights. Make it a time to meditate or read a book. There are some more self-help tips on another post on this blog.
Try not to worry. I fully appreciate that is far easier said than done. God knows, I know! but we mustn't consume ourselves with worry.
Make the calls. We are far more equipped these days and staying in touch is easier than ever as we all know. FaceTime. WhatsApp. Text. Email. Social networks. It's all at our fingertips. Use it. And if you are worried, anxious, panicking - I have a group on Facebook - Living with Panic - where you can talk to me or others who are in need of reassurance. If my group isn't for you, there are lots of others too.
Please make sure you are doing all of the right things. Stay home. Stay safe. Take care of yourself and your families. We are all in this together.
I would also like to express my gratitude to all key workers and in particular the NHS. We are forever indebted to you. Our previous unsung heroes now have the recognition they truly deserve. I am sure every one who reads this will agree. And if you are one of these people, may I take this opportunity to personally thank you for all you do. It will never be forgotten.
Lots and lots of love to all
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