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Returning to a new normal

DEE TOMLIN, 28 JUNE 2020

What a strange time we have just lived through! Who would have thought that in 2020 we would be locked down in our homes and only allowed out for shopping and one form of exercise a day? We never dreamt that there would be a shortage of flour and toilet rolls, or that we would be queuing to get into a supermarket for weekly groceries and unable to see friends and family.

You may have been working from home: did you find yourself distracted, or was it a good experience? Others may have found themselves furloughed or out of work completely. Many parents suddenly became teachers to their children, which might have been a very rewarding experience or, alternatively, very stressful. Perhaps both!

In any case, a change of routine, or the lack of one, can cause worry and disrupt sleep, which can have many adverse effects on both physical and mental health.

Now we are getting used to this “new normal” and are beginning to see friends and family again. If you were shielding then this could be unsettling in itself, as going out for the first time seems quite unfamiliar.

How are you?

I’ve kept busy in my garden and have also been able to enjoy lockdown choir online and virtual visits to zoos around the country. I’ve also been in constant touch with my professional association, the British Acupuncture Council, working towards being able to reopen my practice in a safe way.

And now, at last, I’m delighted to be able to announce that I will be opening on 4th July.

As you might expect, I have had to make some adjustments to be able to work safely. These are outlined in this blog post.

If you are new to my clinic, I offer an initial consultation via Zoom or phone call and then you will be able to come along for your first treatment. You can book online or by phone: if you would like to know more about how acupuncture could help you then you can book a free 15-minute call. I look forward to welcoming you to my clinic.

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