Maintaining a daily routine is very important to feel a sense of normality. You can follow a daily schedule while adding some extra activities to make you feel calm:
- Outdoors - Being in nature, whether it is your garden or a park, plays a very important role in keeping mentally and physically well.If you go out and exercise then you are reminded to urgently follow the latest medical advice on social distancing:
- keep 2 metres apart from any person outside of your household at all times
- You can meet one person from outside of your household outdoors. You cannot meet more than one person or visit friend's in their homes
- Avoid really busy places or where you might have to touch surfaces
- Only those with Covid-19 symptoms or those who should be self-isolating should not visit parks
- Dispose of your waste responsibly
- Exercise - There are many online resources for exercising at home. For example, Youtube channel. Gyms also regularly post usually useful ideas for keeping fit on Instagram.
- Read about the 5 ways to wellbeing!
- Find more tips on Every Mind Matters and download their app.
- Just enjoy yourself! Do what you like, be creative, learn new things, read a book, watch tv, talk to friends…. follow Youth Out Loud! on Twitter and Instagram to get ideas every day.
If the news about Coronavirus are making you feel stressed, concerned or anxious, remember that it's normal. There are some things you can do to feel better:
- Talk to someone you trust about how you feel
- Limit the amount of times you watch the news and stick to regular intervals during the day. Do take a break or mute your social media if it becomes too much.
- Do things that make you feel calm- see what The Childline or Young Minds suggest, like making a self soothe box or coping techniques.
- Check out Rise Above for more tips.
- Find help by visiting our Youth Out Loud! and Off the Record’s pages.
Are you (or could you be) a young carer?
- You can find out about different sources of support that could be used and access further advice at Carers UK.
- Being a young carer can be hard work and it can make it more difficult to look after yourself, you may want to think about what activities may help you feel better. You can see some general advice on things you can do to stay well in “Looking after your wellbeing” part of the guidance.
You may also want to get some advice from: