Gentle Reminder: You’re Not Alone

A small heart-shaped planet earth, sitting on sunlit grass.

“There is nothing so moving – not even acts of love or hate – as the discovery that one is not alone.” – Robert Ardrey.

Since we became aware of the scale of the Covid-19 pandemic, we’ve witnessed feats of altruism that leave us in awe.

We’ve also seen acts of selfishness which make us hold our hands up in despair.

However, what I’m experiencing most often is a sense of connectedness and solidarity.

“We’re in this together” is the message I keep hearing.

The knowledge we’re not alone provides comfort in this time of challenge. We’re bound together in a world that has changed dramatically in a very short space of time. While each of our experiences is different, there’s a commonality which unites us and that’s reassuring.

So know that – wherever you are – you’re not alone.

Also, know that it’s understandable if your eating has become unsettled and erratic. It’s normal to feel anxious and uncertain at a time like this and it’s not surprising you turn to food to detach from those feelings. But it’s also a good time to keep focused on your issues and practise staying with yourself emotionally.

Also, if you finished sessions with me either privately or at the eating disorders charity where I work within the past 6 months and you feel you need to check in online via Zoom or phone during this difficult time, I’m happy for you to contact me.

My private practice is currently full so I’m not able to provide ongoing sessions, but I’ll do my very best to accommodate you if I can. Please don’t struggle in silence – if you think a private session would be useful, just get in touch.

You’re not alone.

Stay home.

Save lives.

We’re in this together.

©️ Julie de Rohan 2020.

18 thoughts on “Gentle Reminder: You’re Not Alone

      1. It’s had its ups and downs. Work was overwhelming last week – I work at a nonprofit doing therapy with kids with disabilities, and trying to get all the clinicians set up with ways to connect with families/kids remotely was A LOT. Supporting each of my staff with their own unique situations and stresses drained me too. By Friday I clued in that a) My kids and I are safe, b) we are lucky to have a home, food, job, and enough left over to help others, and that’s all that matters. I am much more balanced and serene this week.

        The numbers of new cases here and deaths is still rising quicker than we’d hoped/expected, so the future is uncertain. Neighbourhoods here in Canada are generally spacious, so other than in the big cities, many people can get out for walks and keep their distance easily. How are you doing with the restrictions there?

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      2. It’s a lot to suddenly move therapy online, isn’t it? It sounds like you had a mammoth task last week not only with organising your clients, but making sure your staff were all OK as well. I’m finding I’m busier than ever, but I’m not complaining – like you, I feel incredibly lucky my family and I are safe and well, and we have a home and food.

        I live in a small market town in the countryside, so it’s relatively easy to go for a walk and keep our distance from others. I also feel lucky to have a garden – I feel for people who live in flats, especially if they have children, that must be such a challenge. I’m finding myself spontaneously expressing gratitude last thing at night and first thing in the morning. Given I’m prone to pessimism and worry, that’s a really good thing!

        I hope you and your family continue to stay safe, Karen. The numbers are also rising here in the UK, but it seems social isolation measures are having a positive effect.

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      3. It sure does recalibrate our gratitude, that’s for sure! I’m glad you’re well and able to connect with your clients – and with me too 🙂

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  1. Thank you for sharing!!.. one is alone only when one wishes to be… 🙂 like other life’s challenges and changes one doesn’t have to raise the white flag, merely makes necessary changes and presses on… “The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” William Arthur Ward

    Hope all is well with you and your family and all your tomorrows are filled with love and happiness and life is all that you wish for it to be!. 🙂

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