• Kathy Shaw

It's good to talk - even for just a short while

Updated: May 25, 2020

During these unprecedented times it is important to take care of not only your physical health but your mental health too. Talking about how you feel is part of taking charge of what you need to do to stay healthy. For many people it can be just as affective or more so than medication. Sometimes it is easier to talk to a stranger than to relatives or friends, especially if they are relying on you to be the strong one in the family. Sometimes talking to a stranger is the only option available to you, if you do not have access to a support network.

I understand that it can be hard to know what to talk about at first, particularly if you feel as though your thoughts and feelings are overwhelming you. However, talking will allow you the space to make sense of what you are really feeling and this in turn could help release the tension and the panic that threatens to overload you.

If you think that you might like to talk for a while then you might want to think about

  • planning beforehand what you want to say so that you can make the most of the time we have

  • choosing a time when you won't be distracted

  • getting yourself comfortable, maybe relaxed on the sofa with a soft drink in your hand, so that your surroundings feel familiar to you

  • making sure that your mobile phone is charged and you have a strong signal.

BUT its only 15 minutes!

I understand that chatting for a short time will not work as a miracle cure and that for some people they will need much longer, but even chatting for a short while can help some people against long term loneliness and the detrimental impact that this can have on mental health. Reaching out and talking for 15 minutes is better than not talking at all, as during isolation it can be our isolating thoughts that can cause the biggest damage to our mental health and wellbeing.

If you think that you or someone you know could benefit from a 15 minute chat then contact me via Facebook messenger or email me direct at

chat soon

keep safe


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