As we draw a close on the first three weeks of isolation and enter the next stage of government guidelines, I wonder if you have asked yourself how you are? This may seem strange but it can be an important question to ask ourselves. As humans it seems to me that it's the 'norm' to ask others how they are but do you ever ask yourself? And if you do, or do right now as you read this, what is your true answer?
There is no right or wrong in the answer to this question. You may be genuinely ok, embracing the situation, being creative, resourceful and positive. You may also not be ok, you may be missing family/friends, everyday life as we know it, you may feel overwhelmed, fearful, have money worries, have a lack of personal space in your home, or have too much space. You may also be a combination of those things or have experiences of things I have not mentioned here. No feeling is final, they can be fluid, so you may find from day to day, or moment to moment, you or the people around you switch between a number of feelings.
Below I have gathered a few links which may be helpful for further support and information for a variety of ways that you may be feeling. Please be aware I wouldn't have covered all experiences or you may find the ones I have put are not helpful for you, so please do your own research if helpful. There are many websites out there which offer help and support so you are not restricted to the below.
Information regarding financial government support (and support packages) can be found on the government website below:
Follow the link below to Mind where you can find information and advice for Coronavirus and your mental health/wellbeing. This includes but is not limited to, staying active at home, managing stress, loneliness, grief and bereavement and young people and coronavirus:
The below is an article in Psychology today where the author explores the importance (in my view) of mourning the losses that isolation may bring. The article is titled 'It's ok to feel overwhelmed and be unproductive:’
Please note that I am not affiliated in any way with any website that I suggest in any of my blogs for Kyra. I use the links provided as a guide for what may be helpful, if you feel you need it. Please remember the Samaritans are available 24/7 if you need to talk, find yourself in distress or in crisis: https://www.samaritans.org/ or call them on 116 123.
There is no right or wrong way to feel through this pandemic. My sense is we will all feel a number of different ways as we endure what is happening to us. As much as it is important to look after each other, our young, vulnerable and old, it is important to look after everyone who doesn't fall into those categories as well.
By Claire Blackburn BSc (HONS) dip couns BACP (reg), Counsellor Private Practice.
For information about the support available through Encompass Counselling visit: https://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/counsellors/claire-blackburn