Having spoken to dozens of patients on the phone this week, and having spent more than a few sleepless nights myself, I am all too aware of the impact that this strange, strange time is having on all of us.
It can be particularly difficult for those with rheumatological conditions. Many of my more experienced patients will be all too aware of the impact that sleep disturbance and stress can have on their symptoms and their ability to cope.
Although I don’t have any easy solutions for this crisis here are few (non medical) things that you might find helpful;
Coping with Corona Virus: How to stay Calm and Protect your mental Health – A Psychological Toolkit by Professor Brendan Kelly.
“How worried should I be? What information can I trust? What should I tell the children? Can I survive the panic, let alone the virus?”. All these questions and more answered by Irish Psychiatrist, writer and master communicator, Brendan Kelly in this Kindle edition. It costs $1.14 (US store only at the moment). If you’re lying awake at night worrying and feeling bit overwhelmed this might be a good place to start.
Ten Percent Happier have a meditation app which I use from time to time. They have a free resource called Corona Virus Sanity which is worth a look. It includes a number of talks and meditations for relaxation for Corona virus induced anxiety. My favourite (!) is ‘How to Wash Your Hands and Meditate at the same time’. They have generously made their meditation app available to health care professionals for the duration of the pandemic. They also have a great podcast.
This is a wonderful new poetry podcast by Irish poet Pádraig O’Tuama which has become hugely popular since its timely launch in January. In each of his series of 8 minute podcasts, Pádraig reads a poem that has given him comfort, solace or meaning in his life. It includes poems about friendship, home, memory and love – from poets you may know, and from many you may not have heard of.
Here’s the link to the website but you’ll, be able to find it on all of the usual podcast platforms.
What resources would you recommend?