YOUNG PEOPLE: HOW TO LOOK AFTER YOUR MENTAL HEALTH DURING SELF-ISOLATION & SOCIAL DISTANCING

March 20, 2020

Here are some tips that might help you get by during the Covid-19 pandemic. Whether you’re self-isolating or practicing social distancing, hopefully you can find something useful here to help maintain positive mental health! 

 

 

STAY CONNECTED 

Just because you’re self-isolating or practicing social distancing, it doesn’t mean that you have to be completely alone! Reach out to your friends or family members that you’ve maybe not checked in with for a while. In the amazing online age, it’s so simple to be able to Skype or send a message to the people that are important to you. A face-to-face video chat could make someone's day! 

 

 

BE PRODUCTIVE 

Although it can be extremely tempting, try to limit the amount of time that you spend scrolling down your news feed! If you feel like you need to, set yourself a social media timer. Most of us have those jobs around the house that we’ve been putting off and badly need doing - when was the last time that you cleaned up your room or had a clear out of all that stuff underneath your bed?! Use this time to get productive and feel a sense of accomplishment. 

 

 

KEEP A ROUTINE

Being out of school or college can feel disruptive and stressful - get yourself off to a great start to each day by getting ready and dressed as usual. Routine can really help to bring you a sense of order and some normality in such a strange time, but make sure you also plan time for things that you enjoy. 

 

 

DO THINGS YOU ENJOY 

Grab that book that you’ve been excited to start or have a games or movie night with your family. Online gaming (in moderation) is also a great way to connect with other young people around the world who may be currently going through similar experiences as you are. If you have a pet, they will certainly enjoy any extra fuss and play time that you can offer them! 

 

 

GET CREATIVE

Right now could be the perfect time to get creative and learn a new skill! Whether it be learning to play that guitar that’s been gathering dust in the corner of your room or learning to draw or paint, there are loads of things you could give a go. If you’re already great at something, use the time to perfect your craft. 

 

 

WORK OUT 

Getting a dose of daily exercise is a fantastic way to feel good. Whether peaceful yoga is your thing, or you’re into high energy gym classes – YouTube is a great way to find something that’s suitable for you. Some other ideas are taking the dog for a walk or even stick on your favourite tunes and dance around the house! Also, healthy eating is always a good idea to supplement exercise. 

 

 

MANAGE YOUR STRESS & ANXIETY 

Being cooped up with your family can be stressful - try to practice walking away from situations that may be causing your stress or anxiety. It is important to reach out to someone that you can trust to talk over any problems that you’re experiencing. Breathing techniques can also be used to manage stress levels and mood. More about that here: https://www.healthline.com/health/breathing-exercises-for-anxiety 

 

 

Most of all, stay safe, be considerate of others and wash your hands! 

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