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Community Circle – Local Resources for Care in Lockdown…

Lynn Crilly, local resident, counsellor, and author of ‘Hope with Anxiety’, shares some thoughts on how to look after yourself in these challenging circumstances…

Take 10 — taking some time out when you feel overwhelmed is essential, whether it’s 10 seconds or 10 minutes, taking a break when you’re swamped can help to reset your mind

and stop the cycle of anxious thoughts.

Write it down — it may seem simplistic just to write down your worries and thoughts but in doing so you’ll be able to look at why you feel anxious and consider the ways you can move forward and address your anxieties.

Speak to someone — this is so important when you are feeling overwhelmed, speak to someone you trust, a friend, family member or teacher. If there isn’t someone you feel you can talk to, there are lots of helplines that are open and there to support you.

Practice yoga and self-care — remember, self-care is not selfish, it is necessary.

A number of studies have shown that yoga may help reduce stress and anxiety, it can enhance your mood and overall sense of wellbeing and can help you manage some feelings of anxiety.

Distraction techniques — these can be anything that you do to temporarily take your attention away from a strong emotion. It could be a cuddle with a pet, listening to music, noticing things around you (nature, noises, smells), singing or exercise.

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The quote “We may be on the same sea, but we’re all in different boats” really resonated with us here at The Court Circular. Lockdown is tough and we’ll all experience this time differently, so here are some resources to help you if you’re struggling.

NHS 111

This line can help if you have a medical problem and you’re unsure of what to do.

Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Call 111 (If you’re Deaf call 18001 111 on textphone)

Surrey Mental Health Crisis Helpline

0800 915 4644

Children and Family Health Surrey Advice Line

01833 340 922 (Mon-Fri, 8am – 5pm)

The Help Hub

Emotional listening line. Book a twenty minute free conversation with a qualified therapist.

The Silver Line

Free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

0800 4 70 80 90


Free to call

Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

116 123

Cruse Bereavement Care

0808 808 1677

Surrey Domestic Abuse Helpline

01483 776822

Family Voice Surrey

01372 705708

Independent Age

Advice and Support for Older Age

0800 319 6789

National Debt Helpline

0808 808 4000

Action Surrey (heating support)

0800 783 2503

Surrey Community Helpline

0300 200 1008 (Mon-Fri, 9am - 5pm)

SMS 07860 053465 for Deaf and hearing impaired residents

Molesey Churches Night Shelter

A night shelter project hosted by the churches in Molesey, supported and powered by the local community.


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