covid lessons

As we start to dip our toes in the outside world again, it’s a good time to reflect on the silver linings that have emerged from this unprecedented time in lockdown.

For me it has been spending extra time in the park with my primary-school aged children, like we did when they were toddlers. Seeing them have old-school fun — climbing trees, riding bikes, throwing a ball around — shows me that’s really all we need and the noise of our lives pre-COVID aren’t necessary.

Hanging out under the extra bright blue skies. Free of air traffic, low volumes of car traffic and seeing other children out and about has been such a pleasure that I hope continues. The kids have been able to go out safely on their own many times for a distanced bike ride. They’ve been able to play until almost dark as we haven’t had to rush to activities.

They’ve been missing school and their friends but we had a talk the other day about enjoying the free time and space that COVID-19 has brought us. We talked about what will be really important to us once life goes back, so we don’t get into the cycle of rushing here and there.

It’s a good time for everyone to do the same thing and ask some questions. Such as — what’s really important to you? What have you missed? What haven’t you missed? How can you shape your life to include more ‘down time’? How can you protect your boundaries to make this happen (and learn to say ‘no’)?

I’m hoping this time is a reset and brings healing to our planet and the people living on it. A rare opportunity indeed.

– Jacqui, The Friendly Psychologist

“And people stayed home and read books and listened and rested and exercised and made art and played and learned new ways of being stopped and listened deeper

Someone meditated, someone prayed, someone danced, someone met their shadow, and people began to think differently and people healed

And in the absence of people who lived in ignorant ways, dangerous, meaningless and heartless, even the earth began to heal

And when the danger ended and people found each other, grieved for the dead people and they made new choices and dreamed of new visions and created new ways of life and healed the earth completely just as they were healed themselves”

~ Kathleen O’Meara (‘And People Stayed Home’, 1869 — after the famine)


Feelings of anxiety, overwhelm, fear and uncertainty are all very common during this unique time of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is times like these that we need more mental health tools to better adapt to what can be a new type of stress in your life. Strategies to reduce our anxiety and strengthen self-care are necessary.

With this being said, Jacqui Manning is reaching out to patients and offering a discount on all psychology sessions, now at the special COVID reduced rate of $150. If you are in need of a session please contact our lovely reception staff who can book you in with Jacqui.