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  • Writer's pictureAntonia Higgins

Surviving and Thriving in Lockdown: protecting your mental health in a crisis

Updated: Mar 31, 2020

How are you managing in this time of uncertainty? Are you surviving and thriving, or does it feel more like you’re existing in a bubble of confusion? Perhaps you’re flitting between these two states.

Online, on social media and the news I’m seeing confusion and fear from people trying to navigate this new way of life - everything from worry about basic survival needs like having enough to eat and financial security, to juggling working from home with home schooling, managing family dynamics, or feeling alone and isolated. It all feels like a bit of a minefield and nobody is sure yet when it’s going to end. That in itself is unsettling.

I’ve been finding ways to make this time easier for myself and those around me and I’d like to share them with you, because I hope they will help you too. As a counsellor, protecting mental health is really important to me and a lot of what I’m doing to help myself and the people around me is very much grounded in taking care of that. Being aware of how you feel on a day to day basis and practicing selfcare can go a long way to preserving good mental health and emotional wellbeing.

So, over the next few weeks I will blog about all things lockdown-related. Providing I stay well my plan is to publish one or two blogs a week, covering topics like managing information overload, work-life balance, how to create harmony and manage family dynamics, staying connected, and selfcare.

I hope you find these blogs interesting and helpful. If you’d like to read more of my musings you can subscribe to my blog at, follow me on Facebook at or LinkedIn at

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