It is very difficult living with the anxiety that comes with so much uncertainty around our future lives. How do we begin to address our fears and worries when we also feel very isolated? Well, it can be very helpful to verbalise these issues and to share them with a professional who can support you.
During the Covid-19 lockdown, we have become used to social distancing. We’ve also got used to spending more time outdoors and doing exercise. There are so many benefits linked to being with nature and now we can try one more since the Government guidelines now allow us to meet up with one other person from a different household (taking social distancing precautions).
I am now offering “walk and talk therapy”. This means that instead of meeting at my home office for an hour’s counselling session, we meet for a walk in one of many lovely places around Norfolk. It could be a coastal walk, forest, downs, or even round a village. If we wish to stop on the way we find a bench and sit at opposite ends. We can maintain social distancing in just the same way that we would if meeting with a friend.
Going for a walk is a mindful activity. It allows you to focus on the here and now: use all your senses to take in the nature around you, what are the sounds and smells you are experiencing? Just breathing fresh air and moving offers a positive break from sitting inside staring at four walls. It allows you to be in the present, rather than dwelling on the past or predicting (unhelpfully usually) the future.
Walking (literally) beside your counsellor gives you a chance to think and reflect in your own time while taking in the environment. It offers a relaxed and informal way of continuing counselling without taking as much risk.
I believe that experimenting with new ways of being can open up your creative thoughts, give you different options for solving problems and provide a different way of relating. If you find talking and walking beneficial you can make it a regular activity with your family and friends. It’s a great positive habit to develop.
I can walk beside you Give me a call on 07837752163.