Fears, worries, social distancing and self-isolation may require us to stay in our homes, but that doesn’t mean we have to be isolated.
People have been telling us about their worries and fears with the rapidly changing situation over the Corona virus. They are worried about their loved ones, jobs, money, paying the rent, mortgage, feeding their families and now coping with working from home, caring for and educating their children and isolation to name but a few. Amidst all this stress and distress, our usual coping outlets and networks are being disrupted or cancelled, leaving many feeling alone, worrying how this is all going to impact on their mental health and wellbeing.
Worries and fears in such uncertain times need to be understood as natural human feelings – our fight or flight response. It is normal to feel overwhelmed. Everyone is confronting challenges we may not fully recognize or understand. Social distancing and self-isolation may require us to stay in our homes, but that doesn’t mean we have to be isolated.
It’s essential to stay in communication with family, friends, neighbours and other contacts you have relied on. Local organisations are all quickly finding new ways of working and want to offer support.
We are here to help each other out. Use the phone, text, email — all means possible — to stay connected to friends, neighbours, anyone who matters to you.
Reach out and get support, you do not have to be alone.