Therapy During the Coronavirus Pandemic
The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice is offering psychotherapy via Skype/Facetime/Zoom or audio call, during these very difficult times. Just call us on 07982273441 and we can set up an appointment immediately.
The pandemic, and subsequent lockdown, is creating very real emotional and psychological challenges for us all – whether it’s anxiety around contracting the virus, difficulty being trapped at home, perhaps in difficult relationships, or the uncertainty of what the future may look like – we are all suffering trauma right now.
Being in lockdown with anyone for weeks on end will have its difficulties, but to be locked down with someone who we don’t get on with, or someone who we are often in conflict with, can be very distressing. Try, in these difficult times, to find boundaries, to ask for time alone and to endeavour, where possible, to de-escalate. Think about the patterns of the arguments; what the triggers are and if there are ways that you may be able to change those patterns by not allowing yourself to be ‘triggered’. Rather than act on your compulsion, try and think rationally and ask yourself “what’s the best way for me to respond here?” – by giving yourself a moment, you may be able to choose not to engage in the argument.
This disease is, of course, deadly dangerous and anxiety is a normal human response to danger, so it is normal to be anxious at this moment in our lives; but how can we manage our anxiety during this time if it feels intrusive and acute? The news covering the virus is constant and, for many, this is overwhelming and if you are feeling anxious, it might be a good idea to cut down on your news intake – maybe choose to read or hear the news just once a day. Important also to stay connected to friends and family and to spend some time thinking about and talking about things other than the virus. Focusing on a new hobby or skill would help alleviate obsessive thinking and anxiety
To be cut off from friends, social life, work colleagues and our normal routine has a huge impact on how we feel and our emotional well-being. When we lose something that has meaning for us, we can fall into sadness, or depression. And we have all, temporarily, lost our normal way of life so it’s very normal for us right now to be feeling sad. It’s helpful to talk to others who you trust but also remember that it’s ok to be feeling whatever it is that you are feeling. We have been told to isolate – to remain in our homes – and for many this means remaining alone which can be very hard for some. Really important to try and stay connected to friends and family, to keep talking and expressing how you feel and also to ground yourself in the idea that this situation is temporary and will, therefore, pass.
Speaking to a therapist at this time can be very useful The Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice is here to help. Please call 07982273441 or email