Lockdown 3.0 is hard. You’d think we would be all set to cope, as we’ve done it all before, but I think because we’ve done it all before, it’s harder.
We are looking for a sense of control, and some certainty, but lacking this leads to heightened anxiety.
We all have a lot on our minds. I watched a wellbeing webinar a few weeks ago, and somebody asked why it’s so exhausting. The speaker said imagine you have all the tabs open on your browser. Your mind is doing the same thing. It has all these things to deal with, even if you’re not actively thinking of them at the time.
So on Monday 8 February we invited David Harding of Herefordshire Mind to join our weekly Zoom for small business owners to talk about our mental health, offer support and answer questions.
Here are the key takeaways from David’s session:
You’re not alone
This was the biggest takeaway of the session. Everyone is dealing with the current situation in different ways, but we are all going through it.
We are used to certainty, and we’re looking for it, but it isn’t there, which leads to a heightened sense of anxiety.
David said they are speaking to more and more people who are feeling low and anxious.
It is critically important at the moment to keep talking.
Talk to someone you trust, and you can always talk to the lovely people at Herefordshire Mind.
If we can find a route to accept the current uncertainty, this will ease our worries, and talking will help with this.
Speak to a qualified counsellor (see below for resources)
Look for the positives
I say this a lot, but it is so important to find positives to focus on and celebrate.
What small victories or wins have you achieved today?
Make a list of things to look forward to.
Spring is coming! Vaccines are being rolled out!
If you need to take a break, what’s the worst that could happen?
You might decide that you just can’t face your laptop today, or attend another zoom meeting. I know I have.
What’s the worst that could happen?
It’s so important to look after ourselves first, and put our own oxygen masks on.
Cancel the calls, take a break. You’ll come back refreshed.
Encourage others to do the same.
What help is out there?
1. Herefordshire Mind have loads of support and resources available:
- Their Safe Haven is open 4 evenings a week for face to face 1-2-1 support
- Weekly Zoom Cafe runs every Monday 6.30 to 7.30pm
- There are also lots of handy guides on wellbeing:
2. The British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists have qualified counsellors you can talk to
3. The NHS has loads of support too:
- NHS Healthy Minds – you can self-refer for this service and don’t need a GP referral
- 24 hour mental health support line
- You can also see your GP, and ask for a double appointment and a GP with mental health experience
4. Strong Young Minds is there for young people
- Support for 16 to 24 year olds
5. Helpful Apps
We’re here for you
- We’re here by your side, please get in touch if we can help, and keep an eye on our COVID page too.
- Please also join our Private Small Business Facebook page for guidance and support.