At the beginning of this pandemic I stated that this would bring out the best of people and the worst of people due to its very nature. Thankfully I am seeing more of the former, with many communities galvanising and offering unwavering support to others. I have seen so many examples of warm generosity and a sense of togetherness, it has left me with an enormous sense of pride. Remember that social isolation does not mean you have to be, or feel alone. There are so many ways for us to communicate with friends, families and neighbours, which means we are able to remain in company without contravening any social isolation guidelines. Now more than ever, is a time for utilising your support network and not feeling any shame in doing so.
Unprecedented times like these can often exacerbate mental health problems and it is important that we remain vigilant for those already experiencing emotional turbulence. If you are feeling like things are getting on top of you, make sure you reach out to family, friends or other support networks. Whilst you may not be able to sit with them, you can still use other methods to communicate, whether it is instant messaging, telephone, or even a face time app so you get that face to face time with loved ones. Therapists are still available and many will be operating using other methods. I am still conducting sessions via telephone, online face to face and have even worked with a client on instant messaging. The most important thing is that you find a method that works for you, which allows you to externalise what you are feeling. Remember as well as looking out for the well being of others, it is vitally important you also consider your own well being.
Keep safe and keep talking.