The challenge intensifies

Yesterday our Prime Minister announced further restrictions in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus. Those measures included, but are not limited to

  • Avoid non-essential travel.
  • People should work from home where possible.
  • People in ‘at-risk’ groups will be asked within the next few days to stay home for 12 weeks.
  • Everyone should avoid gatherings and crowded places, such as pubs, clubs and theatres.
  • If one person in any household has a persistent cough or fever, everyone living there must stay at home for 14 days.

So why does this mean our challenge is intensifying? Well there’s the potential that for many, all they’ll see for the next while is the same 4 walls, and the same people – those they live with. While it can be great for most to spend time with their families, it can be a challenging time for many others because there are fractured relationships or life struggles to contend with.

And what about those who live on their own, how will they feel having to socially isolate themselves for the outside world.

During these challenging times we not only need to look after our physical well-being, but also our mental health. There’s some great advice available on the BBC website about how to look after your mental health in these difficult days ahead.

I pray for our world, that a vaccine may be found soon to help us beat this virus. These are unprecedented times so I pray that you will stay well, both physically and mentally, and that those you hold dear will stay well too.

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