West Suffolk Physio

Every Mind Matters

On the 23rd March 2020 the UK went into lockdown and for many of us; this involved a huge amount of change.

Staying at home proved difficult for several of us and for many, we developed a sense of worry and concern about our personal health as well as the health of those around us. There has been a lot of support and guidance on how to keep on top of our mental wellbeing during lockdown but now as the lockdown period is releasing its restrictions slowly, some are worried and anxious about how we can achieve this safely. We must remember that these feelings are OK and that everyone has different reactions and mechanisms to different situations. We want to help support your wellbeing by giving you some tips and advice on how you can keep yourself safe as you ease out of lockdown alongside Government advice.

  • Keep a close semblance of your normal routine. Your sleep cycle is particularly important. Try to make sure you wake up and go to bed close to the same time each day as well as maintaining regular meal times. Over the past few weeks you may have made a new quarantine routine. Take some of the activities and structure you have particularly enjoyed during this time and incorporate it into your revised routine as this will help you readjust to the changes as they develop. 

  • Everything doesn’t need to change at the same time. For example, if you have been utilising food delivery services why not continue doing so? Don’t feel that everything has to be changed all at once. You could choose one thing you would like to change a week, whether it’s a short drive to walk around park or inviting a loved one to meet with socially distancing in your garden. Slowly emerging from isolation in this way will reduce social anxiety and maintain safe social distancing.

  • Social cues. When we meet people for the first time in a long while we might ask them “what have you been up to?” or “where have you been recently?” These social cues are often polite ways of continuing a conversation. At the moment, these questions could be potential anxiety triggers for individuals or they might end a conversation as many have been unable to leave their homes. What you could ask instead is “where would you like to go once lockdown is lifted?” or “how have you been keeping busy during lockdown?” You will most likely find that many people have taken up new hobbies during this time and will be delighted to tell you all about them. 

  • The 2020 rule. Try to limit your time spent watching updates on Coronavirus and becoming too focused on the news. One particular method mentioned from Mind Wise is to try the 2020 rule which is to spend no more than 20 minutes a day talking about coronavirus and no more than 20 minutes a day watching updates about coronavirus. This is a really helpful tool to allow you to emerge more seamlessly from isolation.

  • Talk about your concerns. It’s very easy to feel anxious or worried as we ease out of lockdown. Try to talk about these concerns as they arise. Sometimes getting a second opinion on a situation will help you to overcome it.

At the moment, West Suffolk Physio is successfully running virtual appointments for private clients. We are monitoring the government and professional body guidance on return to being able to offer face to face consultations daily to ensure the safety of our clients and staff. We will keep you informed as to when this element of our service returns.  Secure virtual (video) appointments have proved to be incredibly useful especially if you need Physiotherapy advice for a new or existing problem or if you are feeling anxious leaving the comfort and safety of your home for Physiotherapy. We can guide you through the process if you feel daunted and are not particularly technology savvy. It’s easier than you might think so why not give it a try?

Most importantly there is a lot of support available if you know where to look for it. We can recommend the following resources:

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