Present World

In these current times, we have been finding people are especially worried about the global pandemic of Covid 19 the risk of them catching the virus themselves and their loved ones making it through, and living in social isolation through lock down.

Increased Stress Levels

Many individuals stress levels have been really high, and this has been made far worse since some people have been deemed as high risk and have had to endure weeks of isolation or they may have been furloughed from work and so worry about how employment will continue in the future, and the effect this will have on their livelihood.

Sleeping Trouble

Many individuals have cited one of the main issues which they are enduring is not being able to get to sleep or indeed stay asleep.  They have reported as to feeling like a zombie in an unreal world, which they don’t even recognize, lack of sleep makes everything harder including:

  •  little decisions or choices seem impossible to make
  • moodiness
  • fatigue
  • irritability
  • depressed mood
  • difficulty learning new concepts
  • forgetfulness
  • inability to concentrate or a “fuzzy” head

People may have gone through issues around stress and sleeping problems before, but we have been hearing from many who have never had it to this degree, night after night, week after week.

How Can You Get Help

If this has been and is a problem which you are currently enduring, please find on our website home page links to support and guidance such as phone counselling.  There is also this helpful guide from National Mind on common sleeping issues click here.

Something which now seems obvious to me now and has personally helped is not over watching the news or reading social media articles (relating to the virus) especially close to bed time.  This really made a big difference to what I have come to realise is my anxiety about what is going on in the world and what I can’t control.  The other thing to try is to use NHS Choices, 111 or to speak to your GP.

Please also give us a call on our counselling line 07572 888084 or

email counselling@darlingtonmind.com

We are offering free welfare calls to see how you are, to listen and provide emotional and practical support if you need it – families can be reassured that there’s someone else who can keep in touch with their loved ones plus free Befriending calls email: crew@darlingtonmind.com  (County Durham and Darlington) or NYTeam@darlingtonmind.com  (North Yorkshire)

we would love to hear from you, and we will aim to provide you with the support you need.

Thank you all for reading, stay safe, stay connected and stay positive!

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