As I write this blog it has just been announced that we are remaining in lockdown for a least another three weeks.
I know that for some of you this has been and will continue to be a very hard and anxious time, not knowing how your family members including your grandchildren are, is devastating.
Each and every one in this country and beyond are facing weeks of isolation and loneliness.
It is vital that we all keep in contact with one another in any way we can, not everyone uses the internet so their means of contact is more limiting.
We must think of different ways of connecting.
I would urge you all to think about how you can help.
Picking up the phone regularly just to check in on others, really does make a difference.
Whether we like it or not, we are going through history in the making, so writing a journal or a photo journal to record how you are feeling, what lockdown meant to you, how you filled your time. Generations that come in the future will want to know about how we all coped in 2020.
Receiving a personal letter is wonderful, and something that is quite rare, we get lots of junk mail but not proper letters. Sitting down and writing a letter to someone is a great way to while away a few minutes of your time, but plays a huge part of connection to the recipient.
The title of this blog is ‘God in our pocket,’ and whether you have a faith or not, I think believing that we have something or someone in our pocket is helpful. I always say to my grandchildren that I keep their hug in my pocket, so that I can get it out whenever I need it. That applies to anyone, even if you are estranged from your grandchildren because of family breakdown, you can hold anyones hug in your pocket, and can access that hug whenever required.
I am sending you all a hug for you to put in your pocket.
We are all isolated at the moment, and it is a lonely place, we need each other more than ever.
Some people will feel very frightened as well.
Fear has a very strong effect on our bodies and minds. We are often told to face our fears, but we can’t face Covid-19 as such, it is invisible.
Anxiety and fear, cause our body to react,
- Your heart beats very fast – maybe it feels irregular
- You breathe very fast
- Your muscles feel weak
- You sweat a lot
- Your stomach churns
- You find it hard to concentrate on anything else
- You feel dizzy
- You feel frozen to the spot
- You can’t eat
- You have hot and cold sweats
- You get a dry mouth
- You get very tense muscles
You will of heard of the fight or flight reaction, but from this virus we can’t do either.
You might find it useful to write down how you are feeling, use your time in the day that we can go out, to go for that walk, take notice of all the wonderful things you see, listen to the birds, look up not down, acknowledge the people you pass at safe distance, saying good morning is simple but is a two way connection, if you do have a faith or a spiritual belief ,that someone or something bigger than ourselves is looking over us it can be very helpful.
Always remember you are not alone, we are all here for each other, our Helpline 07773258270 is still operational so call if you just need a chat, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We are still here for you.