Here is the link for last nights webinar. For free lifetime access mentioned by Tracey, please use coupon code MINDFULFREE on www.mindfuladi.co.uk. You can also email Kev and Tracey on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feedback from members is that the process for claiming the grant from the Self Employed Income Support Scheme is fairly straightforward. You are advised to have your UTR code and National Insurance number to hand to save time. The system for paper applications is not yet complete we understand. In case you don’t have it the link to apply is here.
And I hear that people applying for Bounce Back grants are finding that an easy system, with money arriving quickly in accounts.
The following is an article from the BBC on anxiety during lockdown –
Nearly half of people in Britain said they experienced “high anxiety” as the country went into lockdown, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) says.
Anxiety levels were highest among an estimated 8.6 million people whose income fell, according to the weekly survey on the impact of coronavirus.
Renters and the self-employed were also particularly affected.
Measures of well-being were at their lowest levels since records began in 2011, the ONS said.
The survey suggested that more than 25 million people – 49.6% of over-16s in Britain – rated their anxiety as “high”, more than double the amount who did so at the end of 2019.
Those suffering the greatest level of worry were an estimated 2.6 million people who said they were struggling to pay bills.
Am I experiencing anxiety?
Most people feel anxious from time to time but if it is affecting your life then there are things you can do to help yourself and ways to seek help.
There are many symptoms, including physical ones such as headaches or a faster heartbeat, as well as mental ones, such as feeling tense or being unable to sleep, and behavioural ones, such as problems concentrating and not being able to enjoy your leisure time.
The NHS suggests ways to manage anxiety including breathing exercises, eating healthily and exercising.
More advice is available from mental health charity Mind which has published wellbeing advice for the coronavirus pandemic.
The survey data suggested that 8.6 million people had seen their income fall, with this group also reporting anxiety levels 16% higher than average.
Women reported anxiety levels 24% higher than men on average, with the ONS saying the difference might be because a larger proportion of women were either economically inactive, in lower paid jobs or working part time.
And an interesting article here about social distancing.
Ross Scattergood, Chair at member group DICE, has set up a fund for the families of ADIs who have lost their lives because of Coronavirus. If you haven’t already donated, you can do so here.
Whilst our newsflashes are normally a benefit of membership of the ADINJC, during this national emergency we want to share information as widely as possible, so please feel free to pass this on. We are stronger together.
The NJC continues to be dedicated to help you in these challenging times and we hope you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy. Please feel free to contact us for help and support.
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