Supporting yourself during the Covid-19 Lockdown

by admin / 30 April 2020 / No Comments

Thame Therapy Clinic hopes all our patients and friends are keeping well in these difficult times. Here are a few suggestions from Selina Hatherley and Peter Dewdney to help you manage the mental and physical stresses of lockdown. We hope to see you all in the near future…

Selina Hatherley

Selina Hatherley

Taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help you cope with stress. Helping others cope with their stress can also make your community stronger.

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting. 
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs. 
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy. 
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
It is natural to feel stress, anxiety, grief, and worry during and after a disaster. Everyone reacts differently, and your own feelings will change over time.
Notice and accept how you feel. Taking care of your emotional health during an emergency will help you think clearly and react to the urgent needs to protect yourself and your family. Self-care during an emergency will help your long-term healing.
Be aware that there may be rumours during a crisis, especially on social media. Always check your sources and turn to reliable sources of information like your local government authorities.

Feelings of anxiety, fear, depression

Be aware that there may be rumours during a crisis, especially on social media. Always check your sources and turn to reliable sources of information like your local government authorities.

As well as helping with physical symptoms, homeopathy can help with feelings of anxiety, fear and depression

Look out for these common signs of distress;

  • Feelings of numbness, disbelief, anxiety or fear.
  • Changes in appetite, energy, and activity levels.
  • Difficulty concentrating.
  • Difficulty sleeping or nightmares and upsetting thoughts and images.
  • Physical reactions, such as headaches, body pains, stomach problems, and skin rashes.
  • Worsening of chronic health problems.
  • Anger or short-temper.
  • Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs

If you experience these feelings or behaviours for several days in a row and are unable to carry out normal responsibilities because of them, seek professional help.

Selina can be contacted via her email for an appointment from your home, via Zoom, FaceTime and phone.


Peter Dewdney

Peter Dewdney

PETER DEWDNEY, NUTRITIONAL THERAPIST ‘ offers the following tip for Healthy Eating during Lockdown;

  1. Lifestyle Tips: Try a create a structure to each day,maybe by planning your daily activities between meal times.You create a morning,an afternoon and an early evening activity to think/plan out. Maybe introduce a form of daily exercise which can differ according to your ability and fitness. Create a plan of action for the day and week ahead, distributing any responsibilities throughout the household so everyone is and feels involved. Make sure you safely get outside every day taking in the sun,this is beneficial in many ways including your Vitamin D levels, your respiratory system and your mindset. Try and be positive thinking, taking in those thoughts,sights and sounds you are exposed to.
  2. Diet: Try not eat late in the evening as this can effect sleep. Allow at least 2,ideally 3 hours after eating before going to bed. Fresh green leafy vegetables are a basic source of the nutrients needed to produce the chemicals required to assist with sleep. Good digestion helps with sleep. Sorry but avoid evening stimulants such as coffee,snacks and sweets. Whilst alcohol may initially help with getting off to sleep, overall quality and duration may suffer.
  3. Supplements/Herbs: Commonly used and beneficial nutrients and herbs to assist with sleep and mood would include,Magnesium, 5htp, Valerian,Bath Salts and many Aroma Therapy Oil blends  and Lavender. A  favourite herb of mine is Rhodiola which can assist with,stress and sleep. It is advised you check the compatibility of any of the above, with any prescribed medications. I can help here should you require professional assistance. A bath containing Epsom Salts (magnesium sulphate) will assist with relaxing the body especially just before bed.Works well with children and gives you really soft skin.

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