Over the past couple of weeks we’ve looked a little at developing self-awareness and recognising our response to stress and ways of managing it.
This week I found a lovely graphic from the United Nations that helps to remind us of the little steps we can take at home to maintain our equilibrium in this strange and constantly shifting new normal that we’re living in.
If you’d like to print it out and keep it handy you can find the original graphic here.
It’s a fun yet useful reminder. Some of my favourite suggestions are the be grateful, read, dance and nap to relax ones, not that napping is always that easy if you’re in a heightened anxiety state. Sometimes that leads to more of an ‘oh my goodness I can’t keep my eyes open kind of feeling’ rather than a nap.
Being creative can be a really relaxing hobby as well if you find the hobby that works best for you. I’ve tried quite a few of the things they suggest in my time till I found a couple that make me feel good about the things I create .
I love the way they end on the reminder that ‘You are not alone – we are in this together’.
That says it all really doesn’t it? If you would like a little help to work through feelings or concerns, please remember that MitE chaplains are here for you. You can catch up with me around the duck pond and surrounding areas on most dry Thursday lunchtimes between 12md and 2pm and on the rainy Thursdays, (or if you don’t manage to catch up with me outside), you are very welcome to call me directly on my mobile: 07526 378529 either to chat or to arrange a time to meet. If you prefer you can contact us via email on email@example.com where you can also request a call-back.
We also have a range of resources on our web-site including some that are more specific to the Covid-19 outbreak and some that help in dealing with stress: https://mite.org.uk
If you prefer you can easily keep in touch with us on social media:
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