You Are Not Alone
Looking after you has never been more important than it is right now. The indirect affects of COVID-19 are huge, you’re missing family, you can’t see friends and you're restricted in your movements…but thanks to the power of the internet, video and online chat, you can keep yourself and those around you in check! You’re not alone.
It's no secret that the pressures of lockdown can really impact our mental health - obviously, it's the right thing to do in order to combat the pandemic - but we completely understand how/why some of you are finding things a bit difficult. We're hoping these tips may be able to help!
FACE-TO-FACE VIDEO CALLS WITH FRIENDS
It's perhaps an obvious one, but when you're feeling a bit down, sometimes the last thing you want to do is see anybody, but it will help. Arrange a time with your friends, get on Zoom, Microsoft Teams, FaceTime, Sykpe, whatever, get on something with video capability and actually have a virtual face-to-face chat. Seeing a different body, different expressions, having that feeling of being around somebody may help you cope with everything that's going on and get you feeling a bit better about things.
As well as chatting with your pals, reach out to your family. Teach your Nan and Grandad how to use FaceTime, meet your Mom in the park, call your cousin, family time and speaking with those closest to you is essential during this period.
GET LOST IN NETFLIX (OTHER STREAMING PLATFORMS ARE AVAILABLE)
You'll probably never get this much time to yourself again, whether it be a break from school or uni or you're on furlough / working from home, this lengthy period of home-time won't happen again anytime soon - so get lost in some juicy documentaries, start that series you've never got round to or start tackling some big movies you missed at the cinema - the escapism and the enjoyment may allow you to forget about your worries!
We've actually got some decent weather for once, so why not pack a couple of sarnies, stick on some walking boots and explore your surrounding areas. Clocking up the steps is also good for your physical health, which brings us onto our next point...
Run, jump on a bike, do a homework out, lift some weights, do some press-ups, watch a YouTube workout video - you don't need the gym to be open to get exercising! Although the thought can be a bit daunting, you'll feel so much better after blasting out a quick session!
Music can really help control your mood and feelings and the power should not be underestimated. Get digging through your Spotify or Apple Music or even experiment with new radio stations you've never listened to before, these tunes may provide some comfort. Also, Podcasts are fantastic to fet stuck into, there's informative ones, educational ones, funny ones, there's pods which discuss mental health, there's literally a pod for everything and everyone!
These tips are designed to help take some pressure off you and reconfigure your trail of thought. Also, remember that there's some really helpful contacts that you can also explore...
Samaritans: Call free on 116 123 or visit the website
MIND: Call 0300 123 3393 or find tips and support on its website. Coronavirus and your wellbeing | Mind, the mental health...
Shout: Confidential 24/7 crisis text support. Text "SHOUT" to 85258 or visit Shout Crisis Text Line
Crisis Support For Young People: Under 35s. Call Papyrus's Hopeline UK from 9am to 10pm weekdays and 2pm to 10pm on weekends. 0800 068 41 41. Text 07786 209697 or visit the Papyrus website
CALM: The Campaign Against Living Miserably, for people in the UK who are down or have hit a wall for any reason. Call 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight). Free, anonymous webchat with trained staff or visit the CALM website
It's okay not to be okay, but please remember to talk.