Daily Hope Free Phoneline
Please tell anyone you know who can’t access the internet and is feeling isolated about Daily Hope, a free phone line of hymns, reflections, prayers and a choice of church services - 0800 804 8044
When you phone your call is answered by the Archbishop of Canterbury. Try it now. Thank you.
Covid-19 Community Support Helpline
Bath and North East Somerset Council have set up a Covid-19 Community Support helpline that you can contact for help and advice for issues such as collection of mediation and delivery of urgent supplies.
Supporting Good Mental Health
Taking care of ourselves and our own well-being is more vital than ever.
The Church of England has published a booklet to cope with mental-health issues, written jointly by Revd Professor Chris Cook from Durham University, and Ruth Rice, Director of the Christian mental-health charity Renew Wellbeing.
It also includes these Five Top Tips on how to deal with isolation and loneliness which you may find useful.
You may also wish to try practising the APPLE technique recommended by Anxiety UK. It encourages you to 1) Acknowledge, 2) Pause, 3) Pull back, 4) Let go and 5) Explore..
- Acknowledge – Notice and acknowledge the uncertainty as it comes to mind.
- Pause – Don’t react as you normally do. Don’t react at all. Just pause and breath.
- Pull back – Tell yourself this is just the worry talking, and this apparent need for certainty is not helpful and not necessary. It is only a thought or feeling. Don’t believe everything you think. Thoughts are not statements or facts.
- Let go – Let go of the thought or feeling. It will pass. You don’t have to respond to them. You might imagine them floating away in a bubble or cloud.
- Explore – Explore the present moment, because right now, in this moment, all is well. Notice your breathing and the sensations of your breathing. Notice the ground beneath you. Look around and notice what you see, what you hear, what you can touch, what you can smell. Right now. Then shift your focus of attention to something else – on what you need to do, on what you were doing before you noticed the worry, or do something else – mindfully with your full attention.
Our Abbey clergy are also available to talk to - please email [email protected] or leave a message on our Answerphone 01225 422462 and someone will call you back.
However, if you feel that you need more specialised or targeted support for your anxiety, there are a number of charities including Bath Mind, the Samaritans and Anxiety UK, who may be able to help.