Coping with the COVID-19 Pandemic: Tips from CBT
The BABCP (the accrediting body for Cognitive Behavioural Therapists) has released some very useful tips about how CBT can help during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A few of the things on their list really stand out to me:
1) Anything goes emotions-wise. It’s normal to feel sad, angry, anxious or anything else for that matter.
2) Limit your news intake! I’ve implemented this myself and can honestly say it’s been very helpful. Unfortunately, at the moment the news is often anxiety provoking and/or very sad. This is bound to have an impact on us (my friends and I recently confessed to having all cried watching/listening to recent news). Ask yourself “what do I need to know?” and try to select a reliable source to get this from. Try to resist checking repeatedly, instead try just once or twice a day and for a limited time.
3) Stay connected. I know everyone is talking about this, but it is true. Experiment with different ways of communicating and do what’s right for you.
4) Try to do the things that usually give you a sense of pleasure, reward or progress…in other words, the things that boost your mood. If some of these aren’t possible, ask yourself what it was about those things that you most enjoyed and see if you can meet that need in another way. If you used to really enjoy eating out, this might be because you love to try new foods. Perhaps you could rustle up something new and tasty yourself instead.
5) And finally (this one isn’t on the BABCP list but I think it’s useful), you don’t have to set yourself extreme lock-down goals (see Linda Gask’s recent article). We are suddenly being flooded with fitness ideas, creative ideas, DIY ideas, and so it goes on. This period is hard enough already. Cut yourself some slack.
Bramhall Osteopathic Practice (BOP) has a lovely new website.
The website includes information about all the therapies on offer. You can also “meet the team” so you are familiar with faces before you arrive.
This is a recent article I wrote for SK Bramhall Magazine explaining worry…