,COVID 19 is changing the way we live our lives…it is challenging us all in every aspect of our lives, our work, leisure and most importantly our health, both physical and emotional.
I initially felt I was viewing an apocalyptic film, not reality, it felt far removed from me and my life. However, gradually the reality of the virus and its path became all too obvious and I found if I gave it my full attention, I became scared. I am not alone in this as we are all in it together. We will get through this crisis together…supporting one another.
What I found helpful was to balance the negative news with the positive things in life. Reduce the amount of time watching the television reports; watch the important ones such as the daily Prime Minister Update. Spend time meditating, if you have never tried it…CALM is a good Mindfulness app and there are many meditations available on YouTube. If you have a garden or outside space, spend time there, sitting, planting, redesigning your space, reading a book or just a walk around the garden. You could take advantage of The National Trusts-Open Garden policy, including free parking. w ww.nationaltrust.org.uk/press-release/the-national-trusts-latest-statement-on-coronavirus-covid-19
On reflection, I have seen the most amazing community spirit rise out of this…community sites set up to help those who are self-isolating, the elderly or vulnerable by offering to walk dogs, collect food shopping and prescriptions and much, much more.
We are all inhabitants of planet Earth; we are all human with the same basic needs and being there for each other is essential.
If you are able and have the resources, set up Skype, Zoom or use Whats App or Face Time to keep in touch with family members, friends, colleagues and if you are able to, befriend an elderly isolated person.
I have changed the way I work…I have downloaded Skype and will also be using Zoom to continue to work with my clients and for keeping in touch with friends and family.
The NHS are committed to do their best by us all…lets help them by physically distancing ourselves; self-isolating if you are feeling unwell or have been in contact with a known case of COVID 19 and remember to let those you have had contact with know you are unwell.
The link below provides NHS advice and information
Remember you are not alone; we are all standing together, and we will get through this difficult time.