Riding the Coronacoaster

As featured in the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Post:

https://www.hkpost.com.au/columnists/dear-sharlene-how-to-cope-with-another-lockdown


As we are plunged into another lockdown with ever-changing conditions and no clear end-date, we will all be impacted in very different ways. Many of us find it difficult to remain grounded in the swirling ambiguity of a situation such as this.


The anxious mind gets lost in cyclic thinking - we catastrophise; try to plan ahead to avoid every conceivable disaster; and we drive our bodies into further distress through disrupted sleeping and eating patterns. Many with anxiety curl inwards and avoid contact with others in an attempt to reduce stress (I call this ‘the armadillo’).


By nature and design, we humans have an incredible ability to flex, adapt