A conversation with Eveline Lehmann, a Mental Coach and Psychological Counsellor.
It was an unusually warm Friday afternoon. The library was filling up with mums and kids who were looking to borrow books for the weekend. I could feel the air was heavy with anticipation and apprehension. No -one was saying it out loud, but we were all worried, because closing the schools meant this was getting serious and perhaps, dare I say it, a little out of control!.
Later many of us would think it was already way out of control and they should have taken these measures at least a week earlier. But at the time we were too preoccupied and focused on how on earth we were going to make this situation work, stuck with kids at home and husbands working from home too! What exactly did home quarantine mean? How long was it going to last?
And still, at this point, we don’t know. My feeling, at least though, is we are getting used to home quarantine and finally accepting the situation. Amidst the anxiety, worry and uncertainty, people are starting to show some real kindness and care for each other. Funds are being raised, groceries are being delivered and, most importantly, kindness and compassion are being shown.
I’ve also been thinking about how to help my community. For most mums life has become even busier than before the corona virus. Yes we’re at home, but now we have to cook three meals a day, keep the house clean, take the kids for a walk if possible, do home schooling and keep things as quiet as possible so our husbands can work. And then there are many of us who also have our own businesses and home offices to keep going too!
My work as an entrepreneur has slowed down a lot. I still try to get things done, but I barely dedicate 10% of my time to my work at the moment. I often feel I need time for myself too, just a little silence to process things, to process what is happening around me, but I can’t really. I have the early mornings and an hour in the evening if I’m not too tired.
The only way to deal with this mentally, as I’m finding, is to talk to other mums, to share, and to keep the connection going between us. And I also feel called to add into the mix some specialists I know, and invite them to share their advice on how to deal with every day life in the time of the Covid-19 pandemic!
Today I’m meeting (virtually of course) Eveline Lehmann who is a Mental Coach and Psychological Counsellor. She teaches guided meditation classes and long- term courses for self-experience and female empowerment.
In our conversation, it becomes clear that her overall approach, not just to the current circumstances, but to life in general, is about keeping an open and curious mind. It’s also about developing awareness of your thoughts, actions and, more importantly, asking yourself what drives you and what triggers you without judging yourself. For Eveline practicing mindfulness daily is essential, because it’s one of the best ways to understand what you need as an individual in challenging times.