Finding emotional peace in these uncertain times can feel like a hugely difficult task. One which many of us have struggled with in recent months. Even therapists.
Before lockdown I was dedicating some time to writing a book. I have been trying to write a book since I was about ten years old. I was doing well, I had almost ten thousand words. And then COVID-19 happened and I simply could not bring myself to find the creative energy to write a dystopian novel in a time that felt (and maybe still feels) dystopian.
Instead, I devoted myself to working. I worked all the way through lockdown. I worked with clients on the front line, working in hospitals, witnessing deaths on a scale which we haven't seen since wartime. It was exhausting. Enormously fulfilling but also vicariously traumatic.
In order to find emotional peace in uncertain times I took several steps to enhance my own self care and look after my mental health. I thought I might share a few of these with you in an effort to humanise the role that I have, and also with the wish that they may be useful to some of you: