Lockdown doesn't have to mean 'shut down'

While we are battling to find new ways to connect with others, can we also stay connected to ourselves?

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As we adjust to living at a distance from others, it can be hard to stay connected to what is going on deep down in ourselves.  

For many, especially those who have experienced periods of emotional and psychological difficulty, there can be a tendency to shut down during times of stress. 

The danger is that we then find we are cut off from ourselves, as well as others. 

In therapy, people become more aware of their defence mechanisms, the automatic coping strategies which have helped to keep them safe and protected in the past. 

Often these involve closing down to difficult experiences so that we don’t feel the pain. 

One of the challenges of this period of isolation and social distancing is to try to stay open, to try new ways of communicating and connecting, to say yes to opportunities for new experiences.  

This is about saying yes to a connection with ourselves, to offer ourselves the support and nurture that we may need to get through these difficult days, weeks and months.

Elisa Morris

My work is to help you face the complexities of your life. I offer Counselling, Psychotherapy and Clinical Supervision in the Bath area. I am UKCP Accredited and have worked in private practice, the NHS, and in the charitable sector.