My heart goes out to all those who have been directly affected by Covid-19 and to all those wonderful key workers out there. This situation is completely unprecedented and has caused lots of panic and anxiety in recent weeks. I would say that the primitive brain has been firmly in charge, resulting in unnecessary panic buying and empty supermarket shelves! It’s that primitive part of the brain that feeds our anxiety and pushes us towards the fight or flight reaction, causing panic, anger and depression.
As we learn and understand more about what’s happening, and adapt to being locked down, that panic is beginning to subside. That means that we can start to pull ourselves out of the primitive brain and regain conscious control.
A reduction in that anxiety and panic puts us back into the intellectual part of the brain. We can make rational decisions rather than worrying endlessly about things we have no control over. If we can’t control them, we can’t change them so what’s the point in that? We only increase our own anxiety which really doesn’t help anyone.
Making an effort to focus on the things that we can control, and things that make us feel good, pays huge dividends! Our imagination is so good that our brain believes what we think is actually happening so if we think happy thoughts, our brain thinks we’re happy so we will feel happy. Feeling happy results in the release of neurotransmitters like serotonin, which makes us feel motivated and strong enough to cope with the not so good stuff.
Quite apart from the emotional boost, reducing our anxiety will also increase our physical defences: when we’re anxious we produce cortisol and cortisol directly impacts on our immune system, reducing our ability to fight off infection and disease. So anything we can do to improve our emotional wellbeing will have a direct impact on our physical wellbeing too.
So let’s take a look at the benefits of being locked down. The really big one is time. Research shows that those who value time over money are generally happier. Well, most of us have a lot more time on our hands than usual! How often do we get the chance to stay at home for a few weeks? Normally, we spend our time rushing around trying to give 100% to our families and our jobs, there’s precious little left for ourselves. Now is our chance.
Doing something just for you
What do you like doing? What makes you feel good? It can be really simple things or even really silly things, it doesn’t matter. Why not write down a list of things that make you feel good. Some of mine are walking, gardening, enjoying the outdoors – especially at this time of year, listening to music, dancing……………..I found myself having a disco in the kitchen the other day!
Get out there!
Think about what works for you and try and do a couple of things off your list each day, it really does help. Of course we need to keep safe and stick to the social distancing rules but still leaves us plenty of options. It’s spring time, the birds are singing, the trees are budding and the flowers are blooming. Take a little time out for you, allow yourself to enjoy the beauty of nature all around, I promise you that it will make you feel better!
K.D. Hypnotherapy is now offering Zoom and Skype sessions in line with social distancing. I am also offering group relaxation sessions so if you have friends and/or family who might benefit from these, please get in touch. If you would like any more information or have any questions, please call Karen on 07850 732716.
Keep safe and well.