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Practical Tips

Local Talking Therapist, Sam Leedham has organised some ideas for you to try at home:


Find out a little more about how these techniques might benefit you:

'Take control of your emotional state'

It is well established that one of the best ways to control your feelings is by emotional regulation. Sam Leedham explains how this can be achieved quite easily by taking control of your breathing:

'Grounding Yourself'

Another way to help to change your thought pattern is by using a Grounding Technique. Sam Leedham guides you through this simple technique:

'An Introduction to Meditation'

Join Mindset Coach Janet Haddon, as she guides you through a short introduction to meditation:

'Meditation for Worry or Anxiety'

Join Mindset Coach Janet Haddon, as she guides you through a short meditation to help you to relax:

'Changing the way you feel'

Join Mindset Coach Janet Haddon, as she explains a simple tapping technique to help you change the way the way that you may be feeling:

'The Butterfly Hug'

Join Sam Leedham as she guides you through this simple technique for self-soothing and bringing calm to your day:

'Calm yourself'

Paul McKenna explains here The Havening Technique which can be very effective for self-calming:

Additional things to think about

  • Routine and self-care: getting up, getting clean, getting dressed - even if you are not leaving the house this will get your mind used to following some form of structure in your day.
  • Food and diet: try to eat balanced meals where possible but being forgiving if this becomes challenging in the weeks ahead.
  • Sleep: if you can maintain your normal sleep patterns, including going to bed and getting up at largely the same time, this can help to your body to make the most of the time you are asleep. Getting some daylight during the day will also help to regulate your body clock.
  • Medication: check your stock and plan ahead for supplies, allowing plenty of time for your doctor and pharmacist to organise this, and for someone to collect it for you.
  • Stay connected: build up connections with people virtually. Perhaps you can make a video call to your friends or family. Humans are meant to have social interaction and trying to keep this going will help.
  • Have some time off from worrying: perhaps you could avoid the news for a period of time and choose to do something else that you enjoy and enjoy time to 'reset'.
  • Control your fears using the 'If...Then' strategy: list all of your worries: which are the things you can control and which are out of your control. Catch the thought...then name it to tame it... If...something happened...Then....what could you do?
  • Positive plans for the future: what will you do in the future? Say, in six months or a year's time?