How to manage anxiety as restrictions are lifting.
- Recognise its normal: whether or not you have been diognosed with anxiety, feeling worried about lockdown retrictions lifting is normal, no one knows whats going to happen, mixing with others again might be a worry , but remember you are not alone.
- Take things at your own pace: Some people will be rearing to get out, whilst others not so hasty. dont be pressurised to meet up with anyone, if you are not feeling it, anxiety may be making you feel more tired, make nsure nyou get plenty of rest and keep fit too.
- Talk to someone you can trust about any worries you may have.Talking to someone who has had the same fears could help, so if you don’t know anyone who you can talk to, there may be local online support groups available. Independent Age has recently brought out a new free advice guide called Managing Anxiety, with more information on where and how to get help.
- Meet one-on-one at first – Even as restrictions are being gradually lifted across most of the country, you may feel you want to continue meeting just one other person at a two-metre distance. It’s also safest to meet in a park or another outside space, where the risk of catching COVID-19 is lower.
- Take precautions if you need to – If you feel more comfortable wearing a mask and/or gloves to go outside, or crossing the road when you see someone else, do that. It’s OK to take precautions to look after yourself, and you mustn’t feel silly about doing what you need to.
- Limit the news – Limit your access to the news, perhaps just limiting it to certain times of the day, and make sure you’re only looking at trusted news sources.
- Write things down – Writing down what you’re worried about, things that make you happy, and coping strategies that have worked before could help. Keeping a diary will allow you to notice patterns and identify the things that make you feel anxious.
- Allocate ‘worry time’ – Give yourself a specific 10-15 minute time-slot each day to allow yourself to acknowledge what you’re worried about. Make sure you time yourself, and don’t try to come up with solutions during this time. At bedtime, you could write down any worries on paper and throw them in the bin. If you start to worry outside of this time, tell yourself to wait.
- Confront your fears – Write a list of what worries you about the lockdown restrictions lifting and put it in order of most worrying to least worrying. Then work your way through the list, starting with the thing that worries you least, using small steps to tackle each worry and help you confront the situation. The more you do this, the more your confidence will increase.
- Speak to your GP – There is a range of different treatments for anxiety, including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), talking therapies, and medication. Your GP will be able to help you get access to whatever works best for you, or a combination of treatments, if your anxiety is affecting your life and preventing you from being able to do things.
Often Elderly people are isolated from their communities. Those people could be labeled as 'Complex needs. Are most at risk of living a life that is far from ordinary and often spent segregated from society.
Community connecting uses an assets based aporoach to create relationships between disabled people, and people with mental issues and their local community. Relationships are grounded in shared interests and a mutual exchange of assets.
Both disabled people and the local community have something to give and a lot to gain by connecting.
We use community connecting as an approach, to enable Elderly/ disabled people to have meaningful friendships and connections that unlock the opportunities for them to have true freedom
Our Mission Statement
We endeavour to be the gateway to independent living for the elderly/disabled and their families who take care of them; guiding these people to the support and providing services available to them so they can achieve their goals.
We aim to be person centred, developing self esteem so the elderly are able to make informal choices
We will strive to meet the needs of the disabled and elderly people; facilitating the creation of relationships in the community in which they reside and vow to nurture the community with the appropriate support system, assistance and equipment.
Jamaican Elderly Disabled Charitable Trust gives back
We want to ensure that the most vulnerable and those at risk groups, are safe and equip with suitable aid to live a more comfortable life.
- To relieve the elderly and disabled resident in Jamaica/UK, who are in need, by providing specially designed adapted housing, items, services and facilities calculated to relieve the needs of such persons.
- To relieve the elderly and disabled from exclusion and isolation amongst their communities.
- Home Adaptations for the elderly and disabled who live in wooden/ galvanised homes.
- Creating employment for skilled workers within the community to assist us with our work.
- A mini bus for excursions, taking them from home to our centre
- A building for activities, i.e. board games, information day,
- Outdoor Space.
- Restbite for family,/friends who take care of them
Who can Benefit
Older people who are frail over the age of 65 years and have mobility problems or who are living in particular isolated areas with limited or no transport are usually given priority.
We will give small grant's at the trustees discretion
Respite to family members/ friend who take care of their elders.
We aim to promote social inclusion for the public benefit, among disabled and older people, who are or maybe socially excluded due to disability or age by:
Increasing the opportunities for independent living available to disabled and older persons.
Assisting disabled and older persons to make choices, and access the service and support they may require to live independently in the community with appropriate support.
Supporting and empowering disabled and older persons so they can carry out social roles without limitation, and otherwise preventing the social exclusion of disabled and older persons.
Why is it important to protect those affected by Covid19
The impact of the coronavirus has extended far beyond those who have become infected. Entire communities now face emergency lockdowns, and in Italy alone, over 16 million people have been quarantined in an attempt to prevent further spread of the disease.
With such a staggering number of people in quarantine and more becoming sick, needs quickly mount. Everything from basics, like food to financial assistance to pay for things like rent is urgently needed as people experience lost wages due to illness or quarantine restrictions. For those who are already sick, medical bills have become an additional burden.
In countries like Jamaica, where not everyone may have access to insurance, financial help for the coronavirus is desperately needed to ensure people don’t avoid seeking treatment or testing because they don’t have insurance. However, even in countries with universal healthcare, the sheer surprise of this new threat has led to a huge push to raise money for coronavirus for growing demands for medical supplies and equipment.
As the threat of this disease grows and puts further strain on communities, here are a few things we can all consider doing to provide some relief:
Check on each other daily
Make a telephone call
Stay at home if possible
Wash your hands regularly
Wear face coverings
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