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How's your lockdown?

There's a lot of emotion around right now.

I keep hearing people describing being "in floods of tears" every Thursday during the Clapping, or when they catch a sad tale on the radio or they see the kindness of strangers. And then saying "I know it's silly but I can't help it, sorry"

I'm hearing parents tell me they're getting cross and irritated by their children who are being 'naughty' or 'playing up', and then getting angry at themselves.

They say "I wish I could be more patient"

I'm hearing of people feeling depressed and listless one minute, anxious and overwrought the next... feeling they aren't coping with locked down life, with the constant vigilance about personal space, washing hands, packages.

And then apologising for it.

I hear people comparing themselves to others, feeling less than others because they aren't driving a volunteer food van, learning a new language or redecorating the house.

Looking at others and feeling like they're just not good enough because "well look at them, they're doing that, I'm rubbish"

There's no need to apologise, to feel rubbish, to be sorry for getting tearful.

Just try to be kind to yourself.

Be gentle.

Speak to yourself as you would to someone you love dearly.

You are enough.

Flawed as you are.

Imperfect, impatient, irrational as you are.

You are enough.

If you'd like to talk, I'm here 07495 823169

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