Coping with loss and sudden lifestyle change
Coronavirus has already had a profound impact on our lifestyle and has caused us to change our ways of relating to each other. For the majority, it will permanently alter our social and economic circumstances. This is the early stage of the pandemic and this impact will have longer-lasting effects on our emotional and physical well-being and on all aspects of our lifestyle. It is not uncommon to feel numbness, shock, guilt or fear when you experience loss or grief. These feelings can turn into loneliness, sadness and a longing or a fear about the future. Such feelings are a reaction to a difficult experience, such as loss of a person, job loss, or a sudden change in lifestyle and they normally become less acute with time. Each individual’s experience of grief is unique.
It is important to take care of yourself, so talk to other people about the person who has died or is unwell, or about your job loss or lifestyle change. Share your feelings and memories. Eat properly and even if you can’t sleep, try to get enough rest. Allow yourself time and permission to grieve and seek support if you feel you need it.
I combine talking with creative therapy to enable you to talk about issues that concern you and your feelings in a confidential, safe and dependable environment. It can support you to make sense of difficulties and find ways of dealing with them. It can empower you to give you a strong sense of you inner resources, to develop a sense of new direction and make positive changes in your life. Being listened to and accepted as you are can be liberating. It enables you to accept and cultivate a sense of who you are and enables you to live a more positive and contented life.
Finding the right Counsellor for you is important so that you can develop a sense of trust and feel safe to talk. An initial session will enable you to decide whether you are making the right choice.