Covid-19 & Your Wellbeing

During this difficult time, as covid-19 continues to pose challenges, I will be holding all counselling sessions online via zoom. I will return to offering face to face counselling as soon as it becomes safe to do so.

With the continuing impact of the corona virus on our daily lives, it is more important than ever to consider and take care of our mental health. While certain restrictions are in place to help prevent the spread of the virus, things might be feeling more difficult right now and so here are some practical ways you can take care of your wellbeing.

Keeping a Routine

For so many of us, our usual daily routine has been directly impacted and while the odd pyjama day might feel exactly what you need, research suggests that keeping a consistent daily routine is of huge benefit to your mental wellbeing. Keeping to a routine helps give purpose to our day, supports us to focus on the things we CAN control, helps reduce stress and anxiety levels and keeps us grounded. A regular rhythm of sleep times, well-balanced meal times and exercise will all support your wellbeing.

Movement & Exercise

It is entirely normal to be experiencing higher levels of fear and anxiety at the moment.  This is something our body has a real physical response to; a tightening of the jaw, muscle tension, headaches to name a few physical symptoms. Movement and exercise is hugely beneficial for tiring out anxious minds and boosting wellbeing by releasing endorphins. This doesn't necessarily mean you have to take up marathon training - do something that makes YOU feel good; put on some music and dance, yoga, a nature walk or a cardio workout.

Connect with People

Covid-19 is leaving many of us feeling isolated or disconnected. While physical distance is important currently, safe social connection is important too. Positive relationships can be vital for our wellbeing. Take time to connect with people you care about, whether a hug from someone in your house, a phone call or zoom to a friend or neighbour or curling up with a pet.

Self Compassion

These are challenging times and it's okay to give yourself a little extra nurture right now. You may well find it tough to be as productive  as usual. Be kind to yourself, schedule in breaks where you can and allow yourself a little more self-care than usual.