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Episode 5: Mental Wellness Vs. The C-word - What's new for you?

This on-going national disruption is affecting us all. Many people are experiencing serious health issues or watching loved ones suffering, often at a distance.

Most of us are living with huge doses of uncertainty about jobs, careers or future financial security.

We're all adjusting to social distancing and missing so many loved ones, colleagues and members of our communities. We're also missing some of those social interactions and activities that are so beneficial for the mind, body and soul.

We may be living in isolation, but we're clearly experiencing much in common right now. However, some of our experiences may feel very personal to us and us alone...

At a time like this you may be aware of new emotions, behaviours and feelings. You may be uncomfortable acknowledging or sharing how you're feeling. Maybe you feel it's just you; that you're completely alone in these feelings, that they're unjustified, overwhelming or say something negative about you. It's important, now more than ever, to be cognisant of how stress, anxiety and uncertainty can manifest when we're feeling out of control of a situation. It's fair to say the current pandemic is triggering our 'freeze, fight or flight' responses, and you may be surprised by some of the ways this can affect us.

Lack of sleep or broken sleep

Feeling highly strung and emotional

Tension and headaches

Lost motivation

Increased lethargy and always tired

Difficulty focusing or concentrating

Sense of dread

Feeling lightheaded and panicky

Avoiding conversations

Stress and anxiety are part of the human condition. Worrying is simply a way of thinking about things. Being emotionally aware of how you're feeling is a strength.

If you recognise any of the above indicators or have become aware of any significant changes in your mood, behaviour or responses, please don't suffer in silence. There are many ways to manage and reduce anxiety. Simply text your name & the word CONSULT if you'd like a FREE, confidential telephone consultation to discuss how you're feeling.

Keep safe, keep well and keep talking.

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