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Ways to manage your anxiety through the Coronavirus crisis

As a counsellor, I am acutely aware that our mental health plays a very important part in our wellbeing. At present with the coronavirus crisis we are limited with the things we can do, so let’s focus and maintain good mental health with the things we are able to enjoy.

I enjoy having a daily routine. Having a routine can help adults and children keep stress and anxiety away, which can also stop unhealthy coping strategies like overeating and drinking, especially in these very unusual and strange times we are currently living through.

Keeping positive at this time is very important. Rather than worrying about things outside of our influence, concentrate on the activities we can control:

  • Reduce the amount of time you watch and listen to news if it is causing anxiety;

  • Use an alternative means to keep in touch with family and friends (e.g video calls);

  • Read a good book which will help to escape for a short period of time from the “real world”;

  • Go outside into the garden, this will give a vitamin D boost, some fresh air and a chance to switch off from the pressures of daily life;

  • Exercising can make us feel happier, it is good for our muscles, bones and energy levels as well as having many other benefits;

  • Try to do some breathing and mindfulness exercises which will help you to relax;

  • Dancing or singing – you can do this on your own or with friends over many different on line networks, this can lead to incredible benefits such as good physical, mental & social health.

If you are feeling overwhelmed, stressed or anxious and need some support please give me a call.

During this unprecedented time, I am currently seeing clients online via video call to enable them to access counselling, and I will be back working face to face as soon as this crisis improves.

Melanie Sanders(DiP MBACP)

07958 365730

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