This Morning caller struggling in lockdown 2 is too depressed to get out of bed

A viewer who called in for help on This Morning told how she is struggling to cope in lockdown and admitted she’s ‘too depressed to get out of bed’.

Last week Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that the UK would face another national lockdown that would take place between November 5, and December 2.

All non-essential shops and pubs have been forced to shut once again, although restaurants can stay open, but for takeaways only.

Speaking to TV psychologist Emmy Kenny on Monday’s This Morning, a viewer called Jo from Derbyshire, phoned in to ask for advice and help.

During the heartbreaking phone call, Jo explained that being in bed was her ‘safe place’.

‘It’s where I feel safe now, just sitting on the bed looking out of the window,’ she began.

‘I just will the day to go by so I can go back to sleep and so I don’t have to think, it’s hard.’

‘Can I ask you Jo, can I ask you how long this has been going on and what you think triggered it?’ Emma asked.

‘I’ve had health anxiety for a number of years,’ Jo replied. ‘But since Covid and being alone, I live alone, my children do what they can.

‘When I go to bed at night, I can lie in bed and put my thoughts in order and I have got little pigeon holes in my head and put all my thoughts in order.’

‘But when I get up in the morning someone has pulled all these letters out of the pigeon holes and messed it all up,’ she added.

‘I spend all day trying to put my thoughts back in order again.’

‘Jo, this is really critical for you,’ Emma continued. ‘You’re highly traumatised by all of the negative information you’ve been taking in.

‘You’ve already got health anxiety so you know that’s going to be very triggering for you and when you say you found that safe space in your bedroom, it makes sense.

‘But it’s also a prison, and you know that. Cocooning yourself in there reinforces that fear that you’ve got.’

‘One of the things with health anxiety is that we have to expose ourselves to remove some of that anxiety,’ she added.

This Morning viewers also took to social media after the phone-in to send messages of support to Jo.

One tweeted: ‘Sending virtual hugs and positive vibes to Jo. We all have days like that but it’s ok to be vulnerable. I know I have those days. Routine is so important especially during this time.’

Another commented: ‘I feel exactly the same as Jo right now – been on my own for over 10yrs but never suffered loneliness before.’

While one added: ‘Jo you broke my heart you brave, amazing woman. You made the first step just there!’

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