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Seeking Help In A Pandemic - Written By Muneeza Khimji 29/04/20

The current global pandemic has left most of us, if not all of us homebound and in lockdown. We are constantly facing and monitoring the news, eagerly listening for the changes in the death count and looking for every and any measure to try and find normality in what continues to feel like the most abnormal process.

We are forced to remain in confined spaces and whilst we understand why, this is raising all sorts of emotions and highlighting the gaps in ourselves and our relationships. Our emotional swings are varied, some days are better than others. Some days we feel grief and sadness and then we shift to optimism and hope. Often times these swings of emotion can happen several times in a day. It is exhausting and despite the fact that we are all going through this together, it can still feel very lonely.

If ever there was a time that our mental, emotional and psychological health was under the spotlight, it is now. In the anxiety of our physical health, we have forgotten what these levels of stress are doing to our emotions, our psychology and our relationships.

It has been said over and over, this is an unprecedented time. With this definition it means that there is no normal and so all the emotions that we experience from fear to denial are normal.

The challenge is to allow yourself the permission, that it is okay not to be okay right now. Feeling lonely, and alone, lost and scared, grief stricken, heartbroken and angry are a snapshot of the emotional cycles right now. What has been forgotten in the wake of fighting for our physical health is the emotional stress. This is the time to be kind to yourself. This is the time to allow yourself to reach out for support and help, whatever this may look like. Reach out. Reach out to your local charities, to your local counselling centres, to the online supports that provide therapy, to a private therapist. However you may reach out, do so.

You don’t have to walk this journey alone.



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