As we navigate the terrain of a new normal, what’s changed?
Behaviours, attitudes? What we appreciate in life? Lifestyle habits? A realisation that no government can boost our immune system??
As a practice we are seeing more people who want to resume their care with us. Obviously we are taking into consideration social distancing and thankfully we have spacious rooms to allow that.
We’re cleaning benches between entrainments and ensuring hand hygiene asking people to wash their hands at the sink at the bottom of the stairs. There’s no need to touch any other surfaces that won’t have been cleaned when they are in the practice. I’m also available to support people over the phone or online, so don’t hesitate to be in touch if you’re struggling. The usual means are available: phone 01937 918419 and email firstname.lastname@example.org
I recently followed someone out of a supermarket who was wearing a face mask throughout his time in the store. As soon as he got outside he took off the mask to light up a cigarette. Although comical, it highlights the paradox of how we have come to manage some aspects of our wellbeing without looking after other important things.
I have compassion for the gentleman in the supermarket- shopping can be stressful at the best of times, but especially if you believe your life is in danger. And we all deal with stress and anxiety with our own habits and coping methods. My hope is that going forward as a society we can find more sustainable, health promoting ways to manage the stresses and strains of life and recognise the effects of mental emotional health in all matters.
On that thread, you might remember a recent presentation in the practice by Jonathan Streeton. He spoke about the effects of our mental and emotional health on all aspects of our wellbeing, which is something that resonates with us. Jonathan is also qualified in EMDR therapy which many people have found to be enormously helpful. You can connect with Jonathan here. His new website www.themindcoach.org goes live next week.
Also there is a good reminder from Dr Rangan Chattergee about the effect of movement on mental and emotional health. His interview with Dr Kelly McGonigal is both insightful and inspirational. They talk about how movement can positively affect so many of your body’s processes, hormones, neurotransmitters, mood and energy levels. Here’s a simple take home from the interview if we are ever struggling to find the time or motivation to exercise.. Dig out a favourite piece of music and move to it, what could be simpler? You can listen/watch it here.
Another insightful podcast from one of my favourite podcast hosts Rich Roll is with Dr David Katz- specialist in epidemiology, preventative medicine, public health and statistics. They talk about the current health crisis in the context of the other preventable health crises which get far less publicity. Very interesting. Again for ease, there’s a link to the conversation here.
The next few weeks and months are going to be littered with opportunities and decisions about how we want to interact with the world again considering what would be ‘safe’ and what are the ‘benefits’.
I’m sure we’ve all felt the yearning for more interaction with others, more of a sense of connection and community. I think these are primal instincts that should be nurtured (however safely) for a greater sense of health and wellbeing.
We are here to help in any way possible, we continue to come together on a Sunday evening at 8pm online via Zoom.
Online SRI workshops and 1-2-1 support is also available.