A few words from a fellow human being.
Few of us have lived through such an uncertain time. We don’t have much to guide us as to how to deal with this. If you feel worried or anxious – you’re not alone. If you’re a parent – you might be worried for your children. If you have older parents – you might be concerned about them.
How is your job security? Your finances might be directly or indirectly under threat. Not many people have huge amounts of reserves and most will have money owing in some way – either loans or perhaps you live pay-to-pay.
Humans get stressed about unpredictability. We like to know what’s going on and what’s coming next. It gives us the comforting illusion that we’re in control of this thing we call ‘life’.
This current situation is then one of the hardest things for us to make sense of. We look to leaders to tell us what to do – and that doesn’t always give us the answers we want. We go to social media – and that bombards us with so much information we can’t tell what is fact and what is opinion.
Here is a link to an article written by Menios Constantinou called “Pandemic-induced anxiety: Are you a denier, or a panicker?” I found this article really helpful.
There are some things we can do – but they won’t be easy or a magic solution. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to share some ideas with you and as much helpful information as I can. One of the most important actions we can take right now is to connect with and support each other.
Obviously – we can’t connect as much in person outside of our immediate family. Luckily – unlike those in previous outbreaks of contagious diseases and viruses – we have the internet and phones. We need to be creative and choose our actions to look after ourselves – and my particular focus will be your mental health. We will all need resilience– or in ACT language – psychological flexibility.
Stay in touch – the service is here for you at this really difficult time. We can provide online and telephone services and we have a great space for keeping physically distant from each other. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your situation.
Last Updated 25 March 2020 – 5pm