Professional Reassurance

As governments ease restrictions, people begin to overcome their apprehensions and resume their lives beyond the confines of their homes. People return to work, they see friends and family and even entertain the prospect of a vacation. Our lives have resumed some familiarity, but with differences.

Lockdown has taken a toll on the mental health of many people regardless of age, gender, or economic background. Lives have been significantly disrupted and uncertainty about the future remains.

To help manage the accumulated stress of these uncertain times, hypnotherapy can be very effective. I want to reassure my current clients, as well as anyone else who needs help and support, that I conduct sessions with utmost confidentiality in a Covid secure environment. I can help restore a sense of calm and optimism. Please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Staying Slim Under Lockdown and Beyond

Once the corona virus lockdown was declared, people were concerned about the physical and mental health of their family, their friends and their colleagues. Livelihoods were suddenly under threat. People didn’t go to work. Children didn’t go to school. Civil liberties were voluntarily curtailed.

By the end of March with the threat looming large, we were confronted with the fact that restrictions demanded we spend time in our homes. What were we going to do? Work from home, teach our children, tend our gardens and stay healthy. Staying mentally and physically healthy meant regular exercise and good nutritious food. Adapting to the new normal meant it was even more important not to over indulge in any food. Doubt, uncertainty and anxiety brought on by the daily barrage of shocking news headlines meant eating properly could be very challenging. In difficult times, food becomes solace.

Even as restrictions begin to ease it’s vitally important we don’t over eat, that we exercise regularly and that each day something, however small or insignificant, is accomplished. However, don’t let food become the reward for everything we do. Over indulging in food can be the consequence of fear and anxiety, but also boredom. Get in the habit of getting it right. Live with a sense of accomplishment rather than the guilt and shame of having food that we know will do us harm.

You deserve to be the person you want to be. Make every day count. Don’t procrastinate. Tell yourself you can do it. Stay healthy, lose weight and keep it off during lockdown and beyond.

Starting Up Anew

The last 3 months have been a very difficult time for everyone. The ongoing challenges we face are emotional, physical, psychological and financial. We feel genuine concern for the health and well being of our friends, family and ourselves while being aware lives are being lost to the virus. Mental health often suffers under these circumstances and a third of people in the UK claim their mental health has declined since lockdown. What people are telling me is they have heightened anxiety, doubt, feelings of helplessness, listlessness or something described as “brain fog”.

I’ll be seeing clients again soon. In the years since qualifying, I’ve not sensed such urgency for hypnotherapy and counselling although when I began as a therapist in 2007 the world faced a financial crises. Compassion, understanding and years of experience are combined to assure the best possible therapy even with social distancing. I’m going forward with confidence and I look forward to helping as many people as I can.

Urgency in These Times

There’s ongoing and widespread discussion among the public, press, social media and government circles about where we are, how we get out of this and what does the corona virus mean for our economy. In tandem with these urgent issues is the awareness of the impact of these times and circumstances on our individual and national mental health. Like the financial repercussions, the mental health repercussions will extend for years into the future.

Many are living every day with uncertainty and fear. We worry about our children, our families, and our neighbours. Can we pay mortgages and rents? Will we even have a job to go to? When will we go back to school? Some will be enduring all these uncertainties and more, and I haven’t even touched on those who have lost loved ones. We haven’t been through anything like this in living memory.

There are signs we will get through this. The threat to our physical well being will diminish and a new normal will prevail. With access, understanding and sustained support provided by counselling and therapy, mental health can be restored. The threat to our mental health will subside, but it will take time.

Living in Lockdown

Friends and acquaintances have been telling me that despite following government guidance and staying home, they feel even more fatigued than usual. Some have complained about tiredness, loss of motivation and vivid dreams. Perhaps some of this can be explained, some might be approached through speculation.

Many of us, in “normal” times, are almost constantly on the go. There’s work, children, social engagements, and so many other responsibilities from vital to mundane. We may slow down on the weekend, but often not. We engage in all these situations willingly, but it takes consistent effort. Suddenly we’re forced to curtail or completely stop all of these things. This in itself requires a mental and physical adjustment. Combined with changed sleeping patterns, we feel sluggish and then struggle to maintain motivation. We’re trying to adjust to circumstances forced upon us.

Many of us have been having vivid dreams. Not necessarily bad dreams, but visually intense dreams we remember upon waking. Some have told me of very unpleasant dreams involving death and suffering. I believe these dreams are also an expression of the times we’re living in. All of us are very aware of what’s going on the world around us: a collective awareness a collective consciousness. The vivid dreams are an expression of individual and collective doubt, worry and fear. Dreams give expression to thoughts and feelings that linger just above, and then just below, our awareness.

We will get beyond this. The familiar will return, but tiredness, restless nights and vivid dreams might be with us for some time.