Your mental health

Your mental health

 

Can homeopathy help in this current health crisis?

Homeopathic medicines have been used extensively for flu-like symptoms and in epidemics around the world, and your homeopath will select remedies based on your unique symptoms.

As well as helping with physical symptoms, homeopathy can also help you and your family with feelings of anxiety, fear and stress – all of which are common at this extraordinary time.
Homeopathic options can form one part of your approach to the current virus outbreak but should always be used alongside other measures.

If you have current symptoms or are concerned that you may have been exposed to coronavirus, it is important to call 111 to seek appropriate advice, in keeping with current NHS guidelines.
111.nhs.uk/covid-19
NHS stay at home advice for everyone, for people at higher risk, if you or someone you live with has symptoms
www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Supporting yourself

Taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help you cope with stress. Helping others cope with their stress can also make your community stronger.

 

  • Take breaks from screens, reading or listening to stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be very upsetting.
  • Take care of your body, breath deeply, stretch and meditate. Try to eat healthily, prepare meals for you and your family, exercise daily, get plenty of sleep and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Make time to unwind, try something new.
  • Connect with others. Talk to people you trust about how you are feeling.


It is natural to feel stress, anxiety, grief, and worry during and after a disaster. Everyone reacts differently, and your own feelings will change over time.
Notice and accept how you feel. Taking care of your emotional health during an emergency will help you think clearly and react to the urgent needs to protect yourself and your family. Self-care during an emergency will help your long-term healing.

Be aware that there may be rumours during a crisis, especially on social media. Always check your sources and turn to reliable sources of information like your local government authorities.

 

Feelings of anxiety, fear, depression

Be aware that there may be rumours during a crisis, especially on social media. Always check your sources and turn to reliable sources of information like your local government authorities.

Look out for these common signs of distress:

  • Feelings of numbness, disbelief, or fear.
  • Changes in appetite, energy, and activity levels.
  • Difficulty in sleeping and concentrating, nightmares and upsetting thoughts and images.
  • Physical reactions, such as headaches, palpitations, body pain, stomach problems and skin rashes.
  • Worsening chronic health problems.
  • Anger, short temper.
  • Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or drugs


If you experience these feelings or behaviours for several days in a row and are unable to carry out normal responsibilities because of them, seek professional help.

 

Contact me for an appointment from your home, via Zoom, FaceTime, and phone. Email:lucy@lucyteixeira.com

 

Safe, gentle, effective – choose homeopathy, over 200 million people worldwide do

 

Mindfulness Links

Oxford Mindfulness Centre are offering free weekly online mindfulness sessions, open to those who feel they would benefit.
Each session will also be available as a free podcast shortly after for anyone who missed the live session or wishes to practice again. oxfordmindfulness.org/online-sessions-podcasts/

Headspace – mindfulness exercise and guided meditations apps.apple.com/gb/app/headspace-meditation-sleep/id493145008

Calm – sleep more, stress less, live better apps.apple.com/gb/app/calm-meditation-and-sleep/id571800810

Yoga with Adrienne – yoga at home www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene/featured

Thanks to Oxfordshire MIND for sharing these free resources

The Open University have a variety of free online courses:www.open.edu/openlearn/?

Lots of museums have great online virtual tours, discover the top ten online top10.com/virtual-museum-tours

BBC Bitesize have online training and learning modules around a whole host of topics bbc.co.uk/bitesize

Mindful colouring, which can be done via the internet or through printed pages mombooks.com/mom/online-activities/

Online books, which are free to view and can be printed out as PDFs if you prefer to read a physical book gutenberg.org

Gentle, home workouts, which can be completed from the comfort of a chair via the nhs.uk nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/10-minute-home-cardio-workout/

Free music courses which incorporate audio and visual learning open.edu/openlearn/history-the-arts/culture/music

The Ashmolean Museum website has a host of free case study and project videos which are free to download and listen to ashmolean.org/case-studies-and-projects

Elefriends is a supportive online community where you can be yourself. We all know what it’s like to struggle sometimes, but now there’s a safe place to listen elefriends.org.uk

If you feel like you need more support, the Oxfordshire Mind Information Service can provide free support, guidance and signposting:
tel 01865 247788
email: info@oxfordshiremind.org.uk oxfordshiremind.org.uk/wellbei…/information-service/

Useful contacts

Homeopathic pharmacies

Ainsworths Pharmacy, 36 New Cavendish St, W1G 8UF tel: 020 7935 5330
www.ainsworths.com

Freemans Pharmacy 18-20 Main St, Busby, Glasgow, G76 8DU tel: 0141 644 1165
www.freemans.scot

Helios Pharmacy, 8 New Row, Covent Garden, WC2N 4LJ tel:020 7379 7434
www.helios.co.uk

Homeopathy Research Institute – research and evidence www.hri-research.org/resources/essentialevidence/use-of-homeopathy-across-the-world/

Useful websites

NHS stay at home advice www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/

NHS Covid19 Overview www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19

NHS 111 online 111.nhs.uk/covid-19

World Health Organisation (WHO)www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public