Keep calm and stay inside
This is certainly a different Spring newsletter compared to ones I’ve written in the past. For the first time since I opened the practise over 10 years ago, our doors are (temporarily) shut which is something I didn’t ever foresee happening.
These are difficult times for us all in many different ways and if this newsletter does nothing else, myself, Adam W and Emily want you to know that we hope you, your friends and your family, are safe and well.
Aside from the worry of the virus itself, there are many different stresses and concerns that may be affecting us all at the moment and, ironically, April is Stress Awareness Month. A better month couldn’t have been picked by the organisers if they’d tried.
Stress Awareness Month
In times of change, after the initial shock, we need to gather ourselves and work out how to deal with our stress. This is especially true if your usual stress management tools – the gym, seeing friends and family, breaks away – are no longer options.
Managing stress gives us the platform to move on from the crisis stage and make plans to adapt to the situation; crucial when the situation will be the new ‘normal’ for a time to come. There are key ways of managing stress that we can all still do and, as part of Stress Awareness Month, we covered this with some blog posts.
Our Stress Awareness blog is a guide to the simple things you can do to help you manage your stress levels during this time of uncertainty. Doing so will help you think clearly, and make sure you are able to look after yourself and those you care about.
Breathe Easy! looked at how to breathe properly (no, you’re probably not!) and at specific breathing techniques for different issues including respiratory problems.
Finally, Dreaming of a Good Sleep? looked at, well, sleep. SO crucial to our health and well being, it’s often the first thing to be affected in times like this. Find tips and advice on how to restore good sleep patterns to your life.
In need of some treatment?
Whilst we can’t do any hands-on work for the foreseeable future, there’s still a lot we can offer in terms of information and advice including exercise and other ways of self managing any pain and discomfort that you might be struggling with.
We’ve set up video consultations via the website and it’s been great to talk to help patients using this platform both because we’ve been able to help and because it’s been great to catch up with some familiar faces! The exercise videos that we’ve sent have been particularly popular.
If you’re in pain or discomfort then we may be able to help. You can book a video consultation by clicking here.
We are currently working with Borough Market in London to set up a wellness program for their employees. The focus is on working with people on key areas of health and well being such as sleep, movement, relaxation and nutrition. Borough Market are offering this as a proactive step that they can take to help their staff. It’s exciting to be involved with such a forward thinking employer and has been a great project to work on. If successful, it’s something we hope to offer as a service to local employers as well as patients. Watch this space….
So, whilst these are difficult times, we can do a lot to help us manage any concerns and anxieties. If every cloud has a silver lining then the amazing weather that we had recently is certainly the lining to the cloud of coronavirus and lockdown at the moment. And, where we can, silver linings are what we should be looking for at the moment.