How To Cope - with Becky Howard + Lucy Clyde
Managing Your Mental Health When The World Falls Apart
Welcome to How to Cope! A new podcast exploring just how we can best manage our mental health, when the global coronavirus crisis is doing its very best to pummel our sanity into a pulp.Each episode, writer Becky Howard
Frustration, Fracture + Why We're Getting Super-Judgey
Season 1, Ep. 10
After 100+ days of lockdown, it's no wonder frustration is high as we've all felt desperate, a bit depressed and lonely. But now as lockdown begins to ease for some of us, what's happening as our 'we're all in this together' united society starts to fracture?Psychotherapist Lucy Clyde and writer Becky Howard delve into the nation's mental health as we start to experience a personal choice pandemic. Whether you're still shielding, and nothing's changed or are back at work, have kids back at school, or are happily going down to the beach with the crowds, there are hundreds of new, different choices we all have to make every day.With Covid-19 still looming over every part of our lives, it's no wonder we're emotional and confused - but what's behind all that appetite for public shaming that's everywhere? We get to the bottom of it!Thanks for listening - please like, subscribe and share! Follow us on Twitter too, at @cope_podcast
How To Hold Onto Hope
Season 1, Ep. 9
Hope is a powerful emotion. But how can we feel hopeful, when often the pandemic leaves us feeling pretty hopeless? Whether that's feeling down about our future, the economy, our family, or even our likelihood of hugging friends in the next few months, it's easy to be overwhelmed by negative feelings.But just like the legendary late George Michael, we've gotta have faith. In this episode, writer Becky Howard and psychotherapist Lucy Clyde look into just how we can do this - remembering that feelings AREN'T facts (who knew?) and that really, the worst-case scenarios very rarely happen.Also - listen in for a fun reminisce down memory lane of another unpopular virus - our good old friend norovirus.Thanks so much for listening! Please like, subscribe or leave us a review - it means so much to us. You can also follow us on Twitter @cope_podcast.
The Emotional Slump + What It's Doing To Us
Season 1, Ep. 8
We're all in a collective emotional slump right now, feeling tired, fed up, angry and just plain old BORED with the continuing, seemingly never-ending life under coronavirus. AAAGGGHHHHH....With the manic positive energy of early lockdown long gone, and people feeling disillusioned with things, this mounting frustration as weeks become months (and months) is manifesting itself in all sorts of different emotions.In this episode, writer Becky Howard and psychotherapist Lucy Clyde delve into the different mental health challenges this is presenting us with - for some of us it's futile raging anger, for others is depleting exhaustion. And for some of us it's a touch of melancholia - but how can we deal with this and get through it?Listen in to find out how - and also discover Lucy's incredible lockdown super-power at the top of the episode...Thanks for listening. Please like, subscribe and share and follow us on Twitter @cope_podcast
Season 1, Ep. 7
Post-lockdown anxiety is here: with loads of us feeling anxious, stressed and worried about post-Covid life. We want to go out, but we also DON'T want to go out. What's going on?We thought when we were finally allowed out from our homes, that we'd all be skipping down the street, gaily singing 'free at last!' (or was that just us?)But in fact, dealing with a post-lockdown world is WAY more complicated than returning to our pre-Covid lives. Many of us are super stressed about the prospect of returning to an office, going on public transport, or sending our kids back to school. Have we all developed Stockholm syndrom for coronavirus?In this ep, writer Becky Howard and psychotherapist Lucy Clyde delve deep into the roots of post-lockdown anxiety - and discover why it's all about lack of control, developing boundaries and exploring just how the hell we're supposed to be polite now with the new post-Covid etiquette disrupting everything we used to know.Also, why Mary Poppins is what Becky wants more than ANYTHING right now...Thanks for listening! Please like, subscribe and review. You can also follow us on Twitter @cope_podcast
Coronavirus Guilt + Why It's Different
Season 1, Ep. 6
Why is guilt something we're feeling over the coronavirus pandemic? After all - unless we've taken a trip up to Durham recently, we've probably done nothing wrong.But in fact, feeling guilty is a totally normal response. Whether it's guilt over NOT having the worst pandemic experience ever, guilt over social media or guilt over whether we should really buy that packet of salt and vinegar crisps or not (you'll have to listen to find out what that's all about) - it's a feeling that's shifted shape during these strange times. Writer Becky Howard and psychologist Lucy Clyde explore guilt and what we can do about this confusing emotion.Thanks for listening and follow us on Twitter @cope_podcast
Why Uncertainty Is Exhausting - And How We Fill The Void
Season 1, Ep. 5
Feeling worried and stressed about our uncertain future, now that we're living through a global pandemic?Yep, us too. Because does ANYONE know what our world will look like in six weeks' time? Let alone six months' time? No matter what those in charge claim, no-one really knows what's coming after Covid-19.When the only thing we can be confidently certain about is what we're eating next, uncertainty is everywhere. And when us humans have too much uncertainty to face, we start to fill this void with our own projections - which can be pretty wild.In this episode, Becky Howard and psychologist Lucy Clyde explore the destabilising nature of uncertainty that the coronavirus pandemic has landed on us all. Why is it so hard for us to cope with? Why do some of us decide that a military coup is the next logical step? And what is there that we can actually be hopeful about?Thanks for listening and follow us on Twitter @cope_podcast
Loneliness - And The Problems With Digital 'Diet Friendship'
Season 1, Ep. 4
We’re all feeling SO lonely during this pandemic, isolated from our pre-Covid lives – and we’re not afraid to talk about it.Because, yes it’s possible to be really lonely even if you’re in a house full of people on lockdown. Becky + Lucy explore the difference between loneliness and solitude, and whether going through this corona-coaster is easier for introverts or extroverts (and really, what the hell is an ambivert?)We also talk about the issue of digital connection and why it’s so exhausting and unsatisfying to be on all those Zoom meetings. It’s the diet version of in-person full-fat friendship – but why? We’ve got the answers!Please like, subscribe and follow us on Twitter @cope_podcast.