27 Jan Mindfulness during Covid-19
Covid-19 has led to yet another national lockdown and as a result, many people are experiencing a negative effect on their emotions, thoughts and behaviour.
The NHS has reported significant concerns over the psychological well – being over the entire population. Many people are feeling anxious, depressed, lonely or stressed and relationships are coming under immense strain from the demands to stay at home. The pressure placed on people by the pandemic is a genuine healthcare concern.
Those struggling may find that they:
- have difficulty getting to sleep, or have a poor quality of sleep
- are increasingly irritable or anxious
- have lost interest in things that they used to find enjoyable
- have struggled with changes to appetite and weight
- have increased their consumption of alcohol, cigarettes or other drugs
Help is available for anyone who feels that their mental health had worsened over these times, whether slight or severe, however, this is difficult to access via the NHS with long waiting lists and times and often people do not know where else to look or what to do.
Mindfulness is advocated by the NHS and NICE and is frequently mentioned as a resource to help those experiencing difficulties due to any aspect of Covid-19. Mindfulness is widely practised and focuses on dealing with negative emotions and thoughts by directly knowing what is going on inside and outside ourselves, moment by moment by paying attention to thoughts, sounds, and sensations, bringing your attention back whenever the mind starts to wander. This helps to regulate emotions and prevent negative spirals.
While it may sound easy, true mindfulness needs to be learnt and requires guidance and the chance to practice with an experienced professional. However, patients are often left to their own devices to find the help they require.
Support is available and you can access mindfulness training where you will be expertly coached by a medical mindfulness coach such as myself to be able to practice mindfulness effortlessly and seamlessly. Mindfulness can truly help patients in their journey to recovery and to achieve wellness in mind and body for the long term.
Effective mindfulness gives you the ability to recover from:
- Stress, depression and anxiety
- Fearful thoughts about the future
- Concerns about health, money, job, family
- Strained personal relationships
- Poor Concentration, focus, memory problems (brain fog)
If you feel that your mental health has been affected you can contact us for more information on mindfulness coaching.
Contact us today to discuss any mental health concerns you may have.