A reminder to choose our thoughts and reach out when we need support
A message from the ESO’s Student Welfare Officer, and Therapeutic Counsellor, Jacqui White.
As we approach the end of the first week of our new living and working arrangements, I wanted to leave you with a thought to take into the weekend.
I had a really wobbly day yesterday, triggered by a trip to Tesco (other supermarkets are available!!) It made me realise how different our lives had become in the short term and it left me unsettled all day. This was helped massively by a 2 hour, 4 way virtual chat with my best mates – complete with snacks and the odd glass of wine / G&T – which helped me share my anxieties and have a good giggle.
One of my favourite quotes is from William James:
‘The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another’
So as you go into the weekend, try to choose positive thoughts and reach out to your nearest and dearest to share your anxieties. I was bowled over by the show of unity for our NHS and carers with the clapping and cheering and moments like this bring us together. Again, if you are feeling worried or isolated, remember to reach out.
Student Welfare Officer