STRESS AWARENESS WEEK 2-6 NOVEMBER 2020

I think we are all well aware that many people are stressed at the moment as let’s face it there is a lot to be stressed about! I still sometimes lay in bed and think, what on earth is happening all over the world, it’s like a bad nightmare. You would never have dreamt in your wildest dreams that a virus would spread all over the world killing people.

This will go on until we eradicate it from each country and that will only happen if we shut all the borders, Europe has been so badly hit as people are moving from place to place. Yes, it will be hard but worth it as the way we are going it’s just going to keep re-occurring. The government give us stress as they do not seem to do the most obvious things, half term was such a good time to have a lockdown.

We all deal with stress in many different ways and that is ok as whatever works for you is good. Being aware of other people or family suffering is where you can help, from a kind word, offering to chat or any other help you can give or advise. Sometimes people just need to know they are not on their own and you do care.

A stranger told my friend ‘do not stress about things you cannot change‘. My daughter says to me ‘mum it’s not your problem, don’t take on the stress‘.

Two very good pieces of advice, so write them down and stick them up somewhere to remind yourself, as I think we do these two things without realising.

Health, wealth and family, we could stress about all these things and some of us do, but if your health is ok at the moment then stress could make it become worse. Many people are suffering from money problems, if you have food on your table and there are many food banks now you can get help from, if you cannot pay a bill then tell the company, they will help. Keep your family safe by wearing a mask if you have to go out, don’t get too close to people, stay safe.

Use social media to keep in contact with family and friends, phone them or have facetime calls. Take yourself for a walk even if it is just around the garden or go to a park and meet your friend there, you don’t have to be next to them to have a chat.

I got myself some stamps and wrote to the grandchildren, they love getting post and will enjoy writing back to you, I always pop a stamp in the envelope for them.

As we go into lockdown again this week try to keep positive and think that it is not forever, it’s keeping us well and with our families and friends.

Take care

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