Surviving lockdown

Lockdown has been tough for everyone in some way and some people have struggled more than others. As it’s starting to ease we still can’t connect physically with many of our family and friends. After 12 weeks, many of us are feeling the strain.

We asked some of our wonderful therapists what their tips are for making it through the last stages of lockdown and what’s helped them the most.

Throw yourself into a hobby

Throw yourself into a hobby. Great for keeping your brain focused on something positive.

Eimear Noone, The Allergy Specialist

Eimear has certainly been keeping herself busy during lockdown by taking and editing glorious photos of Newbury such as this one.

Walk outside barefoot

Grounding yourself is a great help. Walk outside barefoot – a simple thing but it really helps. Also toning a low “oooh” sound is a perfect way to ground yourself.

Heather Parker, Isis Sounds

Heather is running sound baths online. Great to to ground yourself and to help sooth your stressed system.

Try alternative nostril breathing

Alternative nostril breathing has really helped me stay calm.

Leah McGrath, Groyoga

Leah is offering her wonderful pregnancy yoga classes online. She recommends alternative nostril breathing to all, whether pregnant or not, as a great way to settle the mind, body & emotions.

Get outside & connect to nature

Connecting to nature means so much more than simply going for a walk or identifying species; when you connect to nature you begin to feel compassion for the natural world. Nature connection can cause a profound shift in who you are, and take you back to ancestral, pro-environmental behaviour. Because as humans, we protect what we love.

Sonya Dibbin, Adore Your Outdoors

Sonya is now able to offer small group and one-to-one Forest Therapy sessions in a variety of locations.

Remember, adventure awaits

Just remember beyond the four walls you can see right now, adventure awaits. And you will experience more gratitude and appreciation for that adventure than you thought imaginable. You are exactly where you need to be right now. Safe at home. Beautiful sunsets are still taking place. You might not see it today, but they will be there waiting when the time is right.

Kirsty Tippett, Kirsty Tippett Coaching

Kirsty is currently providing online coaching sessions that offer an effective way to get that brain fuzz moving again.

Take some time to yourself

Take some moments for yourself in the morning to centre and ground yourself. Make a list of 3 things you want to do that day. They can be simple things as watering the plants – of you have any in your space – etc. As you tick things off you will feel more productive.

Diana Dolton, Matrix Alchimia

Diana is offering a selection of her healing therapies and hypnobirthing classes online. Read more about how to Support Your Wellbeing during lockdown and social distancing.

Stay creative

Stay creative. This allows your body engage its peripheral nervous system and instead of just the central nervous system. You dont have to be artistic, just do what you love.

Kim Child, Kim Child Acupuncture

Kim is currently offering online acupressure sessions.

Be mindful

Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on to when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t).

Caroline Quinton-Smith, Calm Quiet Space Mindfulness

Read this beautiful poem Caroline recently shared about the pandemic. Caroline runs online mindfulness courses and is running a meditation on Friday mornings at 8am from her facebook page. A great help for surviving lockdown.

Create a positive mindset

Focus on things that are meaningful and important to you. By doing things that mean a lot to you then you are aligning with your purpose and what matters most to you. These are the things that will keep you motivated and happier during lockdown.

Corrine Thomas, Fresh Air Fridays

Check out Corrine’s full set of tips for creating a positive mindset.

Corrine is offering virtual Fresh Air Friday sessions based around their monthly topics. June’s topic is all about Big Dreams. You can also join in 30-minute Breathing Sessions running at various times on a weekly basis.

Many of the therapists featured on this site are offering some wonderful virtual services whilst they’re still unable to see clients face to face. Take a look through our therapy and directory pages for more information or get in touch with us and we’ll do our best to point you in the right direction.

2 thoughts on “Surviving lockdown”

  1. So many great tips! I’ve been dabbling with my creativity over lockdown and learning to paint in watercolour. I find a day started with a morning walk around my local fields is always a good day and if I can manage to get out after work as well then it’s even better. Connecting to what I’m passionate about is also key for me. One of the benefits of slowing down during this time is being able to do that more effectively. And relaunching Newbury Wellbeing is definitely a part of that!

  2. Nice to have a few things to try when having a tough day…plenty of those during lockdown but lot’s of support available too.


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