Looking After Our Mind and Body- Part 5 ...

Looking After Our Mind and Body- Part 5

With the current global situation and the need to isolate from each other this can induce a mixture of feelings which may include anxiety, fear, loneliness and even frustration at what is happening to us and the lives we lead. A positive that has come out of this is the vast offers of help for… Read more »

With the current global situation and the need to isolate from each other this can induce a mixture of feelings which may include anxiety, fear, loneliness and even frustration at what is happening to us and the lives we lead.

A positive that has come out of this is the vast offers of help for the NHS, caring for the vulnerable and elderly in our communities and supporting our local businesses at this scary time. We at Cats Whiskers are doing all we can to care for our feline patients and for our clients by staying open as long as we can, enforcing strict infection control measures to prevent spreading the virus and donating some tasty treats to Worthing Hospital to show our support from one medical profession to another.

So, while we try to stay safe from the Coronavirus what can we do for our own wellbeing.

Some recommendations from the NHS are to-

  • Stay connected with friends and family via telephone, video calls, social media and many more outlets. You may not be able to be physically near them but you can digitally connect still.
  • Talk about your worries and concerns, reach out.
  • Look after your body with healthy food and exercise. These can be simple exercises at home or a short walk going out once a day as stipulated by the government. Use this time to cook and prepare healthy meals at home.
  • Look after your mind and keep it active with hobbies, reading books, games and puzzles to name but a few. Do things you enjoy.
  • Do some of those jobs you keep putting off and utilise your time so you keep occupied.
  • Limit your news exposure to twice daily so you don’t overwhelm yourself.
  • Try to build a routine around your day.
  • Make sure you get a good night’s sleep.
  • Try some meditation exercises to relax and remain calm.

If you need any help there are some helplines you can contact (these are only a few and there are many more out there for more specific needs).

Samaritans – 24 hours a day 365 days a year.
Call 116123 or email jo@samartians.org which can take 24 hours for a reply.

Mind Mental Health Charity – Open Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm.
0300 123 3393 or email info@mind.org.uk or text 86463

National Debt Line – Open Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm.
0808 808 4000 or webchat is available.

Confidential Emotional Support – Support Line- Hours vary so call for details.
01708 765200 or email info@supportline.org.uk

Age UK – Open every day 8am to 7pm.
0800 678 1602
Age UK is designed to help the elderly in the community but may have advice for any volunteer opportunities local to you.

If the worst should happen during this or any other time and your beloved feline friend should sadly pass away or be put to sleep these are two bereavement helplines that can offer an ear to listen and helpful advice. You can still call us at the practice for help and a chat if you need to as well.

Blue Cross Bereavement Line – Open every day 8:30am to 8:30pm.
0800 096 6606

Paws To Listen Grief Support Service – Open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.
0800 024 9494

Hopefully you won’t need these lines and remain happy and healthy but if you do struggle there is help and advice out there and you just need to pick up the phone. Your feline friend can be an emotional support and help you through this time as well and provide plenty of cuddles.

Just remember you are not alone.

I hope you have enjoyed these blogs and if you require any help or advice then please feel free to call, email or message us.

Stay safe and healthy everyone 😊