It feels like this lockdown has been the most damaging to our collective mental health since the beginning of the pandemic.
The number of clients I’m seeing with increased anxiety, depression and suicidal ideation is off the charts.
So many people are either resuming anti-depressant and anti-anxiety medication, or starting it for the first time.
My waitlist is the highest it has ever been, and every therapist I know is in the same situation.
We simply cannot keep up with demand as rolling lockdowns take their toll.
What makes an already challenging situation worse?
The way we treat ourselves, how we judge our responses, criticize our lack of capacity and motivation, and how we aren’t ‘doing enough’.
So many of my clients are unmotivated and scolding themselves for being ‘lazy’.
For not ‘using the time better’ and learning guitar. For living a life that looks nothing like the ones they see when they’re scrolling through Instagram or Facebook.
A lot of the way we feel comes from the hard wiring of our nervous system and how our brain is conditioned to respond to stress.
Instead of pushing against this wiring, I’d like to introduce an alternative approach, where you learn how to understand your mind to start feeling better about lockdown life.
In this recent Q&A call from my parenting program, I dive into why we're so exhausted and how to survive this extraordinarily challenging time.
I hope it helps you cultivate more self-compassion and contributes to a greater sense of wellbeing for you AND your family.
We’re all in this together.