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Finding a new balance
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As coronavirus changes the way we live our lives, clinical psychologists Matthew Whalley and Hardeep Kaur advise on managing wellbeing.

Matthew Whalley and Hardeep Kaur are clinical psychologists who work together at Psychology Tools, an online library providing psychological self-help advice alongside expert resources for therapists. They have written a free guide to living with worry and anxiety during the current global uncertainty – visit www.psychologytools.com/articles/free-guide-to-living-with-worry-and-anxiety-amidst-global-uncertainty/ to download it.

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Matthew Whalley and Hardeep Kaur are clinical psychologists who work together at Psychology Tools, an online library providing psychological self-help advice alongside expert resources for therapists. They have written a free guide to living with worry and anxiety during the current global uncertainty – visit www.psychologytools.com/articles/free-guide-to-living-with-worry-and-anxiety-amidst-global-uncertainty/ to download it.

For many of us, coronavirus has changed our normal routines. This can be unsettling, and social distancing can mean that the things we usually do to look after our wellbeing have become difficult.

Whether you’re working from home, furloughed from the practice or are trying to maintain in-person work while also respecting social distancing, it can be helpful to organise a daily routine.

In planning your days, try to include activities that give you a sense of achievement, those that give you pleasure, and some that help you feel connected with others. Psychologists think that wellbeing comes from living a life with this sort of balance of activities. Our activity menu (right)may give you some ideas about how to build this balance.

At the end of each day, consider checking in with yourself: ‘What did I do today that gave me a sense of achievement? Pleasure? Closeness with others? Did I get a good balance? What can I do differently tomorrow?’

If on some days you don’t feel like you’ve got it right, noticed you’ve felt particularly worried, or feel you haven’t done as much as you should, remember that it’s natural to struggle when times are uncertain. Offer as much care and compassion to yourself as you can, as well as to those around you. We are all adapting to challenging times.

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