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When It Rains Look For RainbowsūüĆą! ~Helplines ~Feelings ~Covid19

Hi darlings!

Well, what a situation we seemed to have found ourselves in! Writing this I am looking out of my study window, the sun streaming through, making the pond in the front shimmer invitingly.  The daffodils, tulips and blossom are filling the picture in front of me in colour and the birds are singing as they fly by.  The only sound I can hear is nature and it is beautiful and how I long to be out there. Sadly Covid19, the corona virus has put a stop to that.  I have to follow our government guidelines which include staying home to save lives and protect the NHS. Many countries are the same and others have stricter instructions, such as full lockdowns.
Staying home, looking for rainbows!
This is unprecedented times and there are many feelings that you may be feeling at the moment and do you know what, each and every one is valid because it is your feeling.  Embrace it!  It is okay to feel sad.  It might be about cancelled plans, the situation, the uncertainty, not seeing family and friends.  It is okay to feel happy.  You might be feeling relieved of some down time.  Maybe every day life was getting too much for you to handle and you needed to reactivate your batteries.  It is okay to feel angry.  People you feel who are not following advice and you are, the fact that you do not know when you are able to work again. It is okay to feel numb.  Just try to take each day as it comes and just go with the flow and if that means sitting in your pyjamas all day then who can complain!
If you are anything like me then you will experience almost all these emotions at some time during one day!¬† It is such an emotional roller coaster and I am finding the best thing I can do is to only watch the daily briefing from the UK government and the rest of the time keep busy.¬† I have signed up to Davina McCall’s free for one month exercise group¬†https://www.facebook.com/ownyourgoalsdavina/
I am somebody that would lounge around in my pyjamas all day if I could and so whenwas invited to join the group #dressupfriday Dress Up Friday   I accepted! On a Friday people are encouraged to dress up, in anything they like, and share to the group.
I combined #dressupfriday to wear my La Voix clothes to watch her Isolation Cabaret, streamed from Facebook Live to my TV.¬† La Voix¬† really cheers me up and I recommend you to follow her if you don’t already
https://www.facebook.com/Lavoixfanpage/
I have enjoyed watching the live streaming from Chester Zoo You Tube~ Chester Zoo
In fact there are lots of live screenings on Facebook and You Tube. Even Dolly Parton is doing a reading of bedtime stories for little, and not so little ones! Dolly Parton Bedtime Story
I will look at compiling a list of different shows and people that are live screening during this time. If you have anything that you would like me to promote then please get in contact.
As I have said it is okay to be feeling  aberrant emotions  but if anybody is finding this situation too much then please reach out!
 
The lyrics from the song ‘Who You Are’ keep going through my head at the moment
Don’t lose who you are, in the blur of the stars
Seeing is deceiving, dreaming is believing
It’s okay not to be okay
Sometimes it’s hard, to follow your heart
Tears don’t mean you’re losing, everybody’s bruising
Just be true to who you are.

Songwriters: Jessica Cornish / Toby Gad / Shelley Peiken
Who You Are lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, BMG Rights Management, Tunecore Inc
I am enclosing a list of recommended helplines by the NHS if you are feeling low or need some help.  Never be afraid to ask.

Anxiety UK

Charity providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.

Phone: 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 10pm; Saturday to Sunday, 10am to 8pm)

Website: www.anxietyuk.org.uk

Bipolar UK

A charity helping people living with manic depression or bipolar disorder.

Website: www.bipolaruk.org.uk

CALM

CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15 to 35.

Phone: 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight)

Website: www.thecalmzone.net

Men’s Health Forum

24/7 stress support for men by text, chat and email.

Website: www.menshealthforum.org.uk

Mental Health Foundation

Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities.

Website: www.mentalhealth.org.uk

Mind

Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.

Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm)

Website: www.mind.org.uk

No Panic

Voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Offers a course to help overcome your phobia or OCD.

Phone: 0844 967 4848 (daily, 10am to 10pm). Calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone provider’s Access Charge

Website: www.nopanic.org.uk

OCD Action

Support for people with OCD. Includes information on treatment and online resources.

Phone: 0845 390 6232 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm). Calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone provider’s Access Charge

Website: www.ocdaction.org.uk

OCD UK

A charity run by people with OCD, for people with OCD. Includes facts, news and treatments.

Phone: 0333 212 7890 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)

Website: www.ocduk.org

PAPYRUS

Young suicide prevention society.

Phone: HOPELINEUK 0800 068 4141 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 10pm, and 2pm to 10pm on weekends and bank holidays)

Website: www.papyrus-uk.org

Rethink Mental Illness

Support and advice for people living with mental illness.

Phone: 0300 5000 927 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)

Website: www.rethink.org

Samaritans

Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.

Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)

Website: www.samaritans.org.uk

SANE

Emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers. 

SANEline: 0300 304 7000 (daily, 4.30pm to 10.30pm)

Textcare: comfort and care via text message, sent when the person needs it most: www.sane.org.uk/textcare

Peer support forum: www.sane.org.uk/supportforum

Website: www.sane.org.uk/support

YoungMinds

Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals.

Phone: Parents’ helpline 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)

Website: www.youngminds.org.uk

Abuse (child, sexual, domestic violence)

NSPCC

Children’s charity dedicated to ending child abuse and child cruelty.

Phone: 0800 1111 for Childline for children (24-hour helpline)

0808 800 5000 for adults concerned about a child (24-hour helpline)

Website: www.nspcc.org.uk

Refuge

Advice on dealing with domestic violence.

Phone: 0808 2000 247 (24-hour helpline)

Website: www.refuge.org.uk

Addiction (drugs, alcohol, gambling)

Alcoholics Anonymous

Phone: 0800 917 7650 (24-hour helpline)

Website: www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk

National Gambling Helpline

Phone: 0808 8020 133 (daily, 8am to midnight)

Website: www.begambleaware.org

Narcotics Anonymous

Phone: 0300 999 1212 (daily, 10am to midnight)

Website: www.ukna.org

Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Society

Provides information on dementia, including factsheets and helplines.

Phone: 0333 150 3456 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm and 10am to 4pm on weekends)

Website: www.alzheimers.org.uk

Bereavement

Cruse Bereavement Care

Phone: 0808 808 1677 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)

Website: www.cruse.org.uk

Crime victims

Rape Crisis

To find your local services phone: 0808 802 9999 (daily, 12pm to 2.30pm and 7pm to 9.30pm)

Website: www.rapecrisis.org.uk

Victim Support

Phone: 0808 168 9111 (24-hour helpline)

Website: www.victimsupport.org

Eating disorders

Beat

Phone: 0808 801 0677 (adults) or 0808 801 0711 (for under-18s)

Website: www.b-eat.co.uk

Learning disabilities

Mencap

Charity working with people with a learning disability, their families and carers.

Phone: 0808 808 1111 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)

Website: www.mencap.org.uk

Parenting

Family Lives

Advice on all aspects of parenting, including dealing with bullying.

Phone: 0808 800 2222 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 9pm and Saturday to Sunday, 10am to 3pm)

Website: www.familylives.org.uk

Relationships

Relate

The UK’s largest provider of relationship support.

Website: www.relate.org.uk

Remember When It Rains Look For RainbowsūüƶūüĆą
Sparkle Hugs ūüéáand Glitter Kisses ūüíč Stay Safe ūüíĖ
All photographs,unless stated, are the copyright of Lorna Liza.

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