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Advice from Local Psychologist on Covid-19 Isolation

Hello, I'm Luisa, CEO and founder of My Family Psychologist. I am delighted to offer some advice to David Auld clients during these unprecedented times.

Germs, hygiene, and fear of coughs and colds are a common concern in the absence of a pandemic. Recent studies suggest over 1 in 40 adults suffer with this condition and an increasing G number of children; 1 in 100. In the context of the Covid-19 outbreak these worries become problematic in the normal population also. Anxiety can be seen as the common cold of mental illness, and therefore more common than not.

Of course, the natural instinct in such situations is to learn as much as we can, turning to Google searches and watching the news. This has the uncomfortable consequence of raising our anxiety and expanding our concerns. The news does not really tell us anything new. It's is all a repetition of what has already happened; war, floods, plagues, famine. They are new, but the stories are old.

Aside from the general health advice we should all be following at this time, here is some psychological advice to help you cope during these times:

• Reduce watching the news, online research, and social media use. Previous research has found that as people read more about public health concerns on social media, their perception of risk increased.

• To reduce the risk of negative mental health outcomes for children during confinement, encourage close and open communication with your children. Encourage consideration of facts rather than opinion.

• Create and follow a routine. Maintaining a daily routine can help both adults and children preserve a sense of order and purpose in their lives despite the unfamiliarity of isolation and quarantine.

• Maintain virtual connections with friends and family. Isolation can increase loneliness and inflame mental health problems. Reach out to those you know who are in a similar situation. Facebook groups have already formed to facilitate communication and support among individuals asked to quarantine.

• Examine your worries and aim to be realistic in your assessment of them. Be your own therapist and challenge any worries. Try not to catastrophise; instead focus on what you can do and accept the things you can't change.

Luisa Williams has been working with children and families for over 20 years and provides an individualised service in psychological testing, diagnostics and evidence-based therapies. Call for a free consultation 07801 079555