Bernie Rowen-Ross tells us, that in these unprecedented times, we should try and understand it as a period of grief for our once lived life.

We are all dealing with loss of a lifestyle we once knew. For all of us this is loss, it is loss of the way we used to communicate, the way we shopped, met friends, went to work, and even what we watched on television.

Before lock-down was announced we saw many members of the public being in denial about COVID-19 and it’s affect. Where I live, I can see the parking spaces close to the beach; those very parking places were overflowing during the weekend prior to lock-down. Don’t get me wrong, the weather was perfect and people needed to get out into the fresh air. However, there was no real awareness of social distancing – indicating a level of denial; “The virus won’t get me or my family”.

Anger has shown in some ways, and I worry that a lot of people will take this out on their close family members. Please, please try to understand each other, stick together and talk about your fears and feelings in an understanding manner. If that is not possible talk to a therapist. Many will work on line, throughout this time, via Skype or Zoom.

Then there is the bargaining. A lot of folk bargain with God; “If you do this then I will do that”. Or parents will bargain with their children. Of course, bargaining can often be a good way to encourage children to do their school work, especially in these current times of home-schooling; “Complete your work and you’ll be rewarded with something that you really enjoy.

Try to combat depression, first by being aware that it may slip in to your frame of mind. And, prepare by making sure that you show gratitude for every small event. Although current times are difficult, this will pass, and we will find ourselves living in a very different world.

And finally we’ll discover acceptance. We will accept that COVID-19 has changed the world. A world in which, we become more compassionate, less materialistic and a world  where we will be grateful for Mother Earth and all her wonders. Remember every thing changes, nothing stays the same forever, this too will pass, and as much as humanly possible, keep smiling.

Bernie Rowen-Ross is a Psychotherapist, Sound Healer and Astrologer, she works from THE BAREFOOT SANCTUARY
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