Almost one in five adults (19.2%) were likely to be experiencing some form of depression during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in June 2020; this had almost doubled from around 1 in 10 (9.7%) before the pandemic (July 2019 to March 2020). Feeling stressed or anxious was the most common way adults experiencing some form of depression felt their well-being was being affected, with 84.9% stating this.Coronavirus and depression in adults, Great Britain. Office for National Statistics,  June 2020

Of course, we’re now about to go into our second period of lockdown during November.  And, the challenges may be even bigger; whether you’re a business owner, carer, missing family and friends, people will feel the isolation even more keenly when the days are shorter and the weather is colder.

This is one of the reasons why International Stress Awareness Week from 2nd to 6th November is even more important.  And, why I wanted to share this exercise with you.  It’s taken from the Happy Brain ™ Calm Confidence Kit developed by Kay Cooke of the Managing Excellence Group.

Find a quiet place to sit or lie if you can.  You can close your eyes or keep them open if you prefer, finding a soft gaze in front of you.

Imagine a small white feather floating its way from the crown of your head, slowly down through your body.  As it passes each part, you’ll easily find more relaxation and a sensation of more space and ease. You might like to add in a word such as ‘soften’ or ‘relax’ as your feather makes its way down to the tips of your toes. Take as much time as you need to watch and feel the lovely feather drifts slowly down.  It can take as much or as little time as you have and each time you practice, the feeling of peace and relaxation will come more quickly.

What a great way to quickly relax and feel better.  And, you could keep a white feather close by, or a picture of one, to remind you how easy it is to relax.

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