During the pandemic Helen is offering limited in-person clinics in Swansea and Bridgend. Most appointments are online.
We’ve now been dealing with this ongoing global health crisis for almost a year, and we’re still mourning the “normal life” we once knew and trying to get used to this strange new reality.
Humans are social creatures. It’s against our nature to shut ourselves away from family and friends for long periods of time and the lack of regular socialising is challenging. We are exhausted by the ever-changing rules and limitations on our lives. Feelings of frustration and despair are completely natural right now. This isn’t easy, and the grief you may be experiencing is real.
So the solution is finding healthy ways to cope with pandemic fatigue and recharging your battery so you’re able to continue doing what’s necessary to keep the spread of COVID-19 under control.
- Get your information from reliable sources. Staying informed is important, but make sure to get your information from trusted sources like the government website https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
- Stop scrolling. Avoid the temptation of doing endless internet searches that can potentially cause even more anxiety and misinformation.
- Take a news break. It’s important to check local news at regular intervals to make sure you know about COVID-19 details in your community, but try to avoid becoming overwhelmed by constant exposure. If you find yourself getting caught in this loop, walk away from the computer or TV and do something else: read a book, take a walk, bake a treat for your family or call a friend.
- Take good care of yourself. Stress is hard on the body and mind. Fuel your body with healthy food, make sure you get regular exercise, get as much sleep as you can, practice grounding and relaxation techniques to help calm your mind, and practice regular self-care.
- Stay connected. Yes, we may have to do it differently now, but keep reaching out to friends and family members on a regular basis. We all need that precious contact right now, and it’s an opportunity to help encourage each other to continue taking all the steps necessary to avoid catching or spreading the virus.
It’s important to note that if you’re really struggling booking a therapy appointment may be an essential part of self-care right now. Anxiety and depression are both common and treatable, so there’s no need to continue suffering when help is available.