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This is a very difficult and demanding situation, but we now know that many of the current circumstances lie outside our Circle of Influence. You are carrying a heavy load right now, and when our load is heavier than our capacity, we experience stress. The scales are no longer evenly balanced. In the short term, this is not a problem. But if the imbalance is ongoing, the impact of this situation can become greater. The question is: how can we increase our capacity so that we can bear this heavy load?
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Now answer these questions and share your answers with your online psychologist, a colleague or somebody close to you:
You probably only have limited amounts of time for relaxation. Breathing exercises can be a very effective way to recover from a stressful day. Try doing the 4-7-8 breathing method developed by the American doctor Andrew Weil.
Watch this film if you would like to learn the technique and find out more about it from its developer, dr. Andrew Weil. Duration: 8.11.
If you decide to start doing the exercise regularly, you can count for yourself or use this film. You only need to do a few rounds of breathing to feel the benefits! Duration: 10:19 (but you can stop watching at any point)
Research carried out by our colleagues in China has shown that social support helps to protect us in this time of crisis. We need our loved-ones, friends and colleagues more than ever right now. Sharing what you are going through and getting things off your chest are an important outlet for many of us. You may have some experiences which you do not feel comfortable sharing with people outside of the healthcare profession; if that is the case, try talking to a colleague instead.
Sharing your emotions is not always easy at the end of a long shift - the switch from work to home can feel enormous. This could be because you have faced big challenges at work which may have affected you mentally, but it could also be because there are new responsibilities waiting for you at home as you step into your other role as parent, carer, partner, or friend.
Which of these tools could help you in your current situation? Share your thoughts on this with your online psychologist, a colleague or somebody close to you.
Contact our psychologists today to discuss the effects of Corona on your mental health.