How Emotional Logic can help you navigate the coronavirus crisis

10 May 2020

Getting Emotional Logic ‘out there’ has been a priority for us all as part of the solution to promote mental health in disrupted lives. So, to spread the word, we joined social media phenomenon WhatsApp. We chopped up our basic healthy emotional adjustment process training into 14 daily posts called ‘A Journey to Hope’ sent out by a group host. Joining a group is free of charge. The group is managed by an Emotional Logic volunteer coach, who can guide the ensuing online chat among up to 10 participants. If you would like to join a group, find out more here. The responses have been phenomenal! 

People separated by lockdown have been encouraged to learn together, to face issues in new ways, and to discover greater strengths within themselves than they had ever realised before. Here is just one testimony among many:

“I just want to give others HOPE that we have been given a tremendous gift, not only by having the opportunity to do this course, but that, because of the lockdown, many of us have more time now to actually spend on working on healing ourselves and strengthening ourselves. Yes, we all have flaws and issues, but I have learnt to love who I am and to love my shortcomings as well as my pain.”

How can this sense of personal renewal prevent common mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression? The answer is that, by knowing how to activate one’s in-built Emotional Logic, the build-up within of emotional tensions that can lead to isolation from others is prevented. It restores a sense of movement to life that has a purpose. As one participant said: “We tend to pull up the drawbridge when upsetting things happen. But really, we are built to find solutions together. Our emotions are part of that way of connecting. So, Emotional Logic lets us put down the drawbridge and talk instead about what’s important.”

With schools closed for months, we think it is important to support family life. Tensions could build up enormously as parents have to learn how to home school, as well as maintain peace and interest through activities. Talk about exhausting! So, we also have released free of charge the digital versions of our illustrated children’s’ book series Shelly and Friends. The seven books are downloadable from our website. Parents can read them to children aged four to nine. The children then read them afterwards. We also have audio recordings for all the family to listen to. The parents also can join a Journey to Hope Over Two Weeks WhatsApp group, and share with others this new Emotional Logic way to understand how unpleasant loss emotions are part of the solution, not part of the problem.

Emotional Logic turns around unpleasant emotions from disappointments and hurts into the energy and focus to get back some of the things we now see are important. Here is another testimony from an EL coach of how being stuck has been turned into personal growth, coming through stronger.

“My single Mum friend Donna called me in crisis yesterday. Her having the Shelly books and knowing a little EL meant she jumped onto her growth cycle very quickly. She went from thinking she was at the end of her tether and wanting Social Services to take her nine-year-old old son away (following an aggressive outburst that triggered a domestic violence trauma response) to a clear SMART plan on how to creatively engage her two kids in doing a family badge, and a family agreement how they are all going to be a safe family. She texted 10 mins later over the moon at how she had handled things, set clear boundaries, and they were snuggled on the settee reading Reggie the Rhino together! Donna then video called, and they were all really happy, proudly showing me their family badge (full of hearts) and safe rules given pride of place on the sitting room wall. Donna is dyslexic and struggles to read, so the illustrated Shelly books bring them all together!”

Learn more about Emotional Logic’s Journey to Hope over Two Weeks WhatsApp group, access the Shelly books and read further blog articles.