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Coping in this Coronavirus world

Fri 1st May 2020

Most of us are anxious from time to time about one thing or another, which is entirely natural. Some people sadly suffer from more pronounced forms of anxiety and in the current Coronavirus crisis their levels are likely to increase.

All of us will understandably be worried about our families, loved ones, friends, neighbours and colleagues both near and far. And of course, we will be worried about our own health.

So whilst thinking of others it is also important to take care of ourselves both physically and mentally. We need to stay healthy in order that we can help others, not just ourselves. 

Even though listening to the news each day can be distressing and wear you down, it is important to be aware of what is happening. We need to know what precautions are necessary to keep ourselves and those around us healthy, and to be up to date with what the government is advising.

Self-isolating may appear harsh, but it is vital. We do not have to be entirely alone, we can talk to our neighbours and family, be it on the phone, online or when out for daily walks - as long as you respect social distancing.  We are probably missing physical contact and those nice reassuring hugs, but sadly that cannot be at the moment.

It is important not to allow yourself to feel isolated. If you are feeling low or depressed and do not have anyone you can or want to talk to, then there are good organisations like The Samaritans (call 116 123) that are there for you 24 hours a day.

As a counsellor I am always here at the end of the phone for my clients both current and new. It can help people to be able to talk to a professional counsellor at this worrying and sometimes lonely time. Often, we don’t want to burden our families with our anxieties and concerns, especially if those problems are family related.

So please feel to call me or go online to check out other professional counsellors in your area.