What to do when it’s all just too much

You’ll cope better with truly distressing situations, says Jacqui Maguire, if you think about how you respond and learn to activate your self-soothing system.

If you are like me, and the thousands of Kiwis who seem to resonate with this sentiment, 2021 was characterised by fatigue and a general sense of being “over it”.

There are many reasons for this – lockdowns, lack of ability to plan for the future, loss of hope and disconnection from many things that are important to us (family and freedom, to name just two). All of these factors are outside our control, meaning we have no ability to change them. However, how we recognise and respond to the distress they cause also contributes to our wellbeing – and improving…

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