Some of us may be spending more time at home than usual, either in self-isolation or protecting our health or that of others dear to us. Here are some tips if you’re finding it hard going…

  1. Pray. Light a candle, if safe, and pray for hope, faith and strength to keep loving and caring for each other during this time of struggle.
  2. Talk about how you feel. This may be difficult if you are self-isolating, but do use the telephone, internet, and social media. If you need to contact a counsellor this can be arranged by your GP, or via local agencies, or privately. 
  3. Focus on the things that you can change, not on the things you can’t.
  4. Look after yourself – physically, emotionally, spiritually. Plan in things that you enjoy at regular intervals during the day – a TV programme, a phone call, a book, a favourite dish, a game or jigsaw.
  5. Look after others. Even if only in small ways, but do what you can: a smile, a kind word, writing a letter or an email.

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By Church of England