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  • Writer's picturemarypascallcounselling

Updated: Mar 3, 2021

As Lockdown continues to morph through its various stages, many of us are confused by the government's changing guidelines. Some of us find ourselves struggling to adapt to the rate of change. Media discussion around what is law and what is rumour is raising anxiety during what is already a tumultuous time.


The temptation to shield ourselves from the media onslaught is understandable. Indeed, it is perhaps advisable to be mindful of our media intake, to avoid being overwhelmed. At the same time, it is seems vital that we remain aware of the steps we must take to reduce the risk of contracting and/or transmitting Covid-19.


We have all had to adapt our daily routines.

Whilst we all have to deal with Lockdown, it's important to realise that we each have our own responses to it and our own ways of coping with the feelings that it evokes. We have all had to adapt our daily routines in order to work, exercise and socialise safely and, after many weeks, some of us are struggling to get through our days.


Counselling may help to address anxiety so that you are more able to navigate your way through this.

If you are finding Lockdown a challenge and you feel in need of support, it's okay to seek help. If you feel that you would benefit from professional support, there is help available during Lockdown. Many private practitioners and well-being services have expanded the offer of online counselling support whilst face-to-face services remain reduced or suspended.

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  • Writer's picturemarypascallcounselling

Updated: Mar 3, 2021


Currently, all around the world there is a spotlight on Black lives, racial injustice and oppression.


Those of us who experience day-to-day racism are re-traumatised by what we see and hear in the media. Those of us who are aware that we live with certain privileges may also feel traumatised. Such trauma affects our mental health.


If you are beginning to feel overwhelmed, it may help you to speak to a counsellor who is racial justice allied.

You may be able to find support by talking through your feelings about recent and current events with like-minded people. But if you are beginning to feel overwhelmed, it may help you to speak to a counsellor who is racial justice allied.


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  • Writer's picturemarypascallcounselling

Updated: Mar 3, 2021


It seems impossible to write about counselling without looking at the impact of Lockdown on our mental health. No doubt about it, Lockdown has raised levels of anxiety - in those of us who feel we are prone to it and those who have seldom experienced it. The call to remain alert, to be on the defensive, to come to the rescue of those at greater risk than ourselves, to save the NHS, have many of us running scared, through our streets and the supermarkets.


The fact that the media is unrelenting doesn’t help.

The fact that the media is unrelenting doesn’t help. Without a clear strategy, the voice of doom comes pouring into our homes by the second. We are stuck in limbo, eager for numbers to fall, for guidelines to change, for a return to ‘normal’, which, we’re told, is unlikely to be as it was before.




If we're employed, we are anxious about our work, whether or not we are working from home. Many of us have a reduced income or none at all. We’re wondering if and how we are going to survive.


As parents we are concerned about the welfare and the future of our children. Some of us

may be struggling with

home education and worrying over the risks involved in returning our children to school.


We may be questioning whether we’re offering the right support and care to relatives, friends and neighbours. We may resent being ordered to stay at home without contact with another soul.


We have been forced to change our way of being.

As a society we have been forced to change our way of being. We have battened down the hatches and are trying to abide by a new etiquette which says that buying more than a ‘fair’ quantity of toilet roll, antiviral products, baked beans or eggs is indicative of a particular attitude.


If we're not already utilizing all forms of digital communication to keep the wolf of isolation from our door and boredom at bay, then we must 'get with it'. And if we don’t have the means or the aptitude for electronic relating? Well, then we're accused of being out-of-touch whilst forced to live without touch.


Numbers attending traditional ceremonies are reduced. Extended families are unable to meet. Parents are separated from children, grandparents from grandchildren.


And intimacy? How is this possible when we must remain apart? At best we feel challenged. Without hope we feel thwarted.


All inequalities are magnified.

Separated by a 2-metre distance and afraid of touch, we are living with heightened anxiety. Distancing is tearing us asunder and all inequalities are magnified. And whilst the media hype up the ‘new normal and the ‘new economy’, some of us are asking, 'Does life have to be this way?'


It's going to take time to heal from the social implications of COVID-19 - the divided families, loneliness and loss. If you feel the need to seek counselling help, why wait to begin?


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