Wishing you well 

These are difficult times and we all face the uncertainty of how our lives will now change, impacting our practice, our normal interaction with family and friends and the emotional impact of a sudden and unexpected disruption.

The government’s “Guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK and protecting older people and vulnerable adults” to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) has meant that we have had to change our ways of working and interacting with other people. The recent advice on avoiding non-essential use of public transport and to work from home where possible  may also impact seeing your clients too, so what are your next steps? With the situation changing on a daily basis, we have compiled a list of useful websites below to help you.

Keep yourself informed
Coronavirus (COVID-19): UK government response
Public Health England – Coronavirus (COVID-19) – what you need to know
COVID-19: Support for businesses
Business Support Helpline
What grants and funding are available to small businesses
CNHC – Advice to CNHC Registrants

Keep your clients updated
Keep your clients informed of what you decide to do now. You may wish to send them a newsletter, update your website or post on your social media. What else could you do to reassure your clients during this difficult time? They will also be experiencing uncertainty and the effects of what is going on right now. Is it possible that you can change to offering your services remotely if you are unable to treat your client in person? This may be an option for you. Find out more about online therapy here. Private practitioners might want to do another email update in 6 to 8 weeks, providing sympathy and encouragement.  And another 6 to 8 weeks after that. Also some private practitioners might be able to provide some telephone support.

Looking after yourself – coping strategies
Keeping yourself well is so important. Here are just a few tips which may help you and you may wish to share them with your clients.  

  • Limit watching the news to just once a day.
  • Avoid or lessen time spent on social media.
  • Stay connected with people via video chat or text.
  • Practice Mindfulness for free with Headspace.
  • Enjoy outside space with the National Trust for free.
  • Spend time reading a favourite book.
  • Look after your mental health – visit Mind

If you have other suggestions please do let us know too, they would be most welcome.

Stay safe and well. 

Best wishes
Geoff