Supporting You Through Social DistancingAlexandra kari2020-05-21T17:33:41+00:00
If you are finding it challenging to adjust to the social distancing or self isolation lifestyle you are not alone. As a result of COVID-19, many people are feeling added stress and anxiety in these unprecedented and uncertain times.
As we adjust our lifestyles to this “new normal”, there is a lot of uncertainty. This can impact our physical, mental, and even financial health if we are experiencing an overabundance of stress. When our bodies are under extreme stress or under stress for an extended period of time, we go into ‘survivor mode’ and our central nervous system triggers stress responses. If we don’t continue to practice a mental health routine that balances our brain and hormones, we may experience elevated anxiety and/or depression symptoms, as well as lower our immune system.
If you are feeling one or some of these emotions, know that it is a completely normal and human response to this situation. And this page is packed with helpful information, tools, and resources for you to work at balancing your brain, and dealing with the potential stresses and anxieties that come along with social distancing.
How are we supporting the community during this time?
What Our Office is Doing
Learn more about how our office is adapting to better support our clients and community through this time. We have moved services online and have discounted some services.
We have re-opened our office in accordance with Work Safe BC Protocols for In Person Counselling. Virtual and telephone sessions will continue to be offered on an ongoing basis, but you can also book in-person sessions including Neurofeedback appointments which could not be offered virtually.
It’s important during these times to support one another. We feel like the role we can play here is to make our services more accessible for you so you can have any extra support you need during this uncertain time.
Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy is the service we believe is of most value during this time because it is the most effective technique to mitigate stress as well as anxiety, depression, and grief symptoms which are often more prevalent or intense with social distancing. We have assembled some discounted session packages.
Nicklas Ehrlich’s recorded programs are available for purchase online and we have discounted the Balancing Your Emotions: Being Present and at Peace program by 50% to be just $9.99 + GST. This downloadable program is a combination of meditation put to music with positive hypnosis suggestions with a soothing voice. It includes a series of mp3 relaxation hypnosis recordings, as well as a PDF exercise booklet. Completing Cognitive Reframing exercises prior to listening to the recording will enhance the experience.
We have collected a number of resources and we will continue to build out additional resources over the coming weeks. To stay in the loop with updated content please follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, or subscribe to our newsletter. If you have a question or topic you would like us to cover, please submit it to us! We are here to support you through this challenging and uncertain time.
We have organized our resources into the following categories:
So we're now a few weeks into social distancing, and many of you have family, roommates, or significant others with you. And there have probably been some really great moments where you've been able to connect and focus on each other. There have likely also been some challenges. Spending all day, every day, in the same space as someone else can be a challenge! Foster a productive and healthy relationship with your partner, roommate, or family while social distancing with these activities.
Did you know that a lack of social connection creates a greater health risk than smoking, obesity, or high blood pressure? Now, with all that is going on in the world right now that does not mean that we should ignore social distancing to maintain connection. Instead, we need to adapt and find new ways to connect with people while we are socially distancing.
While we're practicing social distancing and social isolation it is especially important to reflect personally in order to keep our brains and central nervous systems in balance. A Calming Corner can be created anywhere in your home, for everyone in the home. It is a place where you feel comfortable, and it is a space that is quiet and private where you will not be interrupted.
Being isolated with one person (whether it’s a partner, roommate, or friend) for days and weeks on end can bring new challenges to any relationship. Alternatively, not being able to see someone you care about for an extended period of time because of social distancing can also pose challenges. These resources are developed to support your relationships through this time.
Trust is essential in order to have a healthy and long-lasting relationship. When trust gets broken, it can be difficult to rebuild but it is essential to do so. Learn 5 ways to rebuild trust and learn ways to avoid in which it can happen.
Learning how to deal with a highly sensitive person for the first time can be challenging and requires patience as well as guidance. This blog post will provide you with characteristics to identify a highly sensitive person and six professionally developed ways on how to deal with a highly sensitive person.
Boundary setting is one of the most challenging but important steps to take in any relationship. This blog post will explore and educate you on why boundaries are necessary to create healthy relationships, challenging to set, and how you can effectively implement them into your valued relationship.
The uncertainty, paired with potential loss of financial security, disconnection from friends and family, as well as the interruption to your routine and regular activities can be very stressful. Some will experience higher levels of anxiety and potentially depression and grief symptoms. This is totally normal. These resources are centred around supporting you through those moments. As always, if you feel like you need additional support please reach out to book an appointment online. We have discounts for initial consultations as well as hypnotherapy packages to support you through social isolation and distancing.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is one of the most effective forms of therapy when treating anxiety. Let us help you discover if it’s best for you in our blog post. Learn how it works, benefits associated with it, and how it can be used in combination with other forms of therapy.
When the right form of self care is practiced, it can have huge benefits for your mental health. But self care is not a ‘one-size fits all’ approach like it’s commonly portrayed to be. Learn new self care practices that work for you and the direct benefits they have on your mental health.
Perhaps the biggest difference between change we have planned for and unexpected change is their effects on our mental health. Unexpected change has been known to negatively impact an individuals mental health. Learn 5 strategies to effectively deal with the negative impacts of unexpected change and its side effects on our mental health.