Coping with COVID-19
During these unprecedented times, the Corona Virus Pandemic has affected us all. A global event that has brought the world to attention to what it means to be 'safe and well.'
Bringing us to a standstill from life as we knew it, has been a massive adjustment and for many, traumatic. How safe and well are you really? What about before the lock-down? How will you and your life emerge, when we come out the other side, if you are lucky enough to survive?
We must isolate in order to not become part of the death toll, not to spread this contagious disease to many others, and put essential workers and the NHS at risk of collapse.
- The survival instinct has been activated.
When the survival response is triggered our brain switches gear, our autonomic nervous system takes over and we enter a fight, flight or freeze mode. This is a an incredible defensive mechanism with the primal purpose to keep us alive.
However, the effects of this defence strategy can be profound. For many, a sense of safety will be experienced once all instinctive procedures are put in place and the automatic system becomes desensitised - maybe heighten occasionally, for instance a visit to the local supermarket, when the 'looks to kill' part of you may surface when the other 'idiots' are not keeping the right distance, or going the correct way up and down the aisle? (Yes, I've been there!)
For others, a continual overwhelming fear can lead to flooding of the life-saving stress hormones , and then you've entered the realm of feeling traumatised. This interferes with all other thinking, feeling and doing functions - it can make you unwell, mentally, emotionally and physically. Are you getting the support you need? Isolation doesn't have to mean, being cut off - It's okay to not feel okay - It's okay to ask for help. This is a major event in itself - let alone the consequences on our personal well-being, relationships and livelihood!
If you decide that counselling may work for you - Then my aim would be help you come to terms with your situation, support you in finding ways to continue to cope with the stresses you face, and maybe consider how you are going to come out the other side.
This can be done by videocall - Zoom or Skype, or telephone, if necessary (not my favourite way of working) For those who are adversely financially affected, a reduced rate can be negotiated.
Right, I'm off to do my Qi-gong class - My medicine for keeping me sane!
Sending best wishes.