Bishop James, as lead bishop on health and social care, has endorsed a series of reflections on how to cope with anxiety and loneliness in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, published today by the Church of England.
The booklet gives advice ranging from putting aside time to rest and eating and sleeping well, to using the phone and the internet to reach those who may be struggling on their own. Making a list of all the good things – and people – that you miss when you are on your own and thanking God for them, can be a way of helping cope with loneliness, the guide says.
‘These reflections are beautifully presented and scripturally based, with the “Have A Go” sections intentionally focussing on how people should be kind to themselves. That is so important at this time’ says the Bishop. ‘My prayer is that as many people as possible are able to draw upon these new resources over the coming weeks and months.’