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News : Coronavirus Update and Resources
Welcome to those visiting this page, which has been created as a response to coronavirus.
These are unusual times. The normal things that we do, where we go, and who we see have, for a while at least, been put on hold. The usual routines we rely on to give each day a distinct shape, are no longer in place, and so we have to find a new set of guidelines to help us manage.
We can be greatly helped in this task, by putting in place new structures that will help us cope, adjust, and do well, whilst we acclimatise to the new circumstances.
Alongside the worry and anxiousness, there is also a tremendous willingness to be helpful and supportive, and a lot of creative resources have been built by people that can help us all get through this time.
We are fortunate, that in this age of digitisation we can connect, learn, teach and support each other.
As such, I have put together a list of some of wonderful resources that can be accessed online. I do not have any personal connection or affiliation to them, but felt they were all helpful in some way.
I will be updating these resources so do visit again for further updates.
For ease of reference they are divided into sections.
The ones listed are all free.
Information on managing stress and anxiety
This is a good resource and covers a wide range of issues including anxiety about Coronovirus.
This is a good and comprehensive guide to help us manage and cope during this time
General Information, and also for responders and people who have had the virus
General article outlining some coping strategies.
Good List of strategies and things to consider
Relax and de-stress
Daily meditations for Adults and Children. Sign in to get daily updates.
Yoga Nidra for deep relaxation
Insight Timer is an App with lots of really good meditation tapes
There is a vast amount of free music available to suit all occasions on the radio and places like Spotify. These ‘ambient’ tracks help to release and calm the mind and body.
Sit comfortably in a chair or lie on the floor, and let the music soothe you.
Information and updates
Public health England
The links below all focus on how to develop internal strategies for developing resilience.
Qi Gong is a gentle yet powerful way to centre, calm, stretch and strengthen the body without needing any equipment. It is effective for all levels of fitness.
Pilates and Yoga classes
FREE online LIVE kids yoga classes starting next week.
Choose the class and register. 1h before class I will email you a link to
join the class live.
Free Audio Stories for All
Psychotherapy and EMDR Helping to treat internet addiction.
The following article suggests that "internet addiction" is on the increase, and that Psychotherapy and EMDR can help people to cope with the effects brought about by their dependence.
Mindfulness - A moment of calm in the maelstrom
Some years ago, I came accross a small sculpture which was called Five Minutes Peace. The inspiration behind the concept was that its presence would prompt the viewer into remembering to take a break from the rigours of life for five minutes. It was a wonderful idea and one that was making reference to how busy we are, and how little time we take away from that busyness. That was over ten years ago, before we entered the instant digital world that many of us now inhabit, and it is no exaggeration to say that much has changed in the last decade.
Life in Britain for many, now operates at an extraordinarily fast pace. Gone are the Sundays when the shops would not open, prompting a whole day to be set aside for relaxation or leisure. No more are the days of quieter roads and bored rainy afternoons when you had to provide your own "make do and mend" entertainment. In place of these past, fallow moments that accompanied our every week, there is now a myriad of ways we keep ourselves entertained and constantly occupied. And it seems it is a merry go round, getting faster and faster going from one thing to the next, checking, responding, informing, networking, reviewing and rewinding. Using computers, tweeting, gaming, shopping, you tubing, pod casting and mobile phoning are all commonplace activities that now constantly punctuate our lives in a very big way. There are few gaps in our days that are not being instantly filled, and there is perhaps a profound and direct link that we make between productivity and having a sense of purpose in life.
But what effect does all this activity have on our sense of well being when we are in a constant process of doing, rather than just being? In an age when we perhaps equate busyness with popularity and success, it is very hard to accept the notion that to do nothing, can be helpful and productive. Are we, as a society, in the process of forgetting that moments of quiet, minutes of silence or stillness, and the notion of just being in the world, is a good enough experience in itself?
As the incidence of depression and anxiety in the western world increase, more and more people it seems are struggling to gain a sense of well being and satisfaction. This is despite the standard of living apparently having increased the overall quality of life. Something, it seems might be missing, and rather than quickly looking for a way to fill yet another space, perhaps we should take a moment to consider what other options might be available.
There is gathering evidence to show that mindfulness and meditation offer effective ways of helping to deal with some of life's stresses and anxieties. Scientific understanding of this has come through developments in neuroscience and a picture is emerging of how the brain, body and emotions are all intrinsically linked, offering new insights into why and how meditation can help us cope with life's challenges. The way we can use this new understanding can be adapted to a variety of circumstances, so that the learning and practice of mindfulness can be incorporated independently, or as part of a therapy treatment.
At The Therapy Practice we offer a range of contemporary therapies that incorporate these new understandings based on of the integral link between our mind and body.
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