It is completely natural to feel anxious or scared during a pandemic. Changes in everyday life, such as social distancing and self-isolation, can make you feel isolated and lonely. For tips on coping with the effects of the coronavirus outbreak, visit MentalHealth.org site here or Young Minds.
Find a new hobby
If you find yourself feeling bored at home, now is the perfect time to take up a hobby and improve your skills. Why not try an online course, learn a new language or try out photography (check out our Marketing and Communications Assistant’s pdf photography blog (896 KB) for some hints and tips). Take a look at our pdf Ideas for Young People page (1.20 MB) and our pdf What’s On Guide (2.68 MB) for inspiration. You can also take a look at DIY projects to do at home.
Visit our Health and Wellbeing page for more information.
The Blues Programme, Action for Children - gives students the support you need to understand how you’re feeling. It helps you to build resilience and reduces low mood, depression and anxiety.
In this podcast, recorded in spring 2020, they offer five tips to help keep you well during these times, which are:
1. Keep talking
2. Think of something positive
3. Remember to do stuff you enjoy
4. Keep active every day
5. Do something kind for somebody else
The Blues Programme work with schools on six week courses and you can find out more about their work on the Action for Children website.
Do you feel body confident? In this Body Confidence video Natasha from Malvern Youthy talks about how the pressures of society and the media can affect the way you feel about yourself. She has a number of activities you can do to feel more confident about the way you look.
Watch the 'dove evolution' video mentioned in this talk.
- The Reach4Wellbeing Team is part of Starting Well Service which is run by Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust. It promotes and supports emotional wellbeing for children and young people aged 5-19 years old. They offer short-term group support programmes for those experiencing emotional difficulties, specifically anxiety, low mood and self-harm.
- Coping with exam stress - Preparing for exams can be stressful and you might have feelings of anxiety or worry. For tips on how to manage these feelings, visit Studentminds or childline advice for exam stress.
- Mind offers 14 ways to beat exam stress on their website.
- Mindfulness is the ability to be fully present in the moment without becoming overwhelmed by what’s going on around you. It can have many health benefits including reduce stress, lower blood pressure and more. For more information visit the mindfulness or Headspace website. Why not go on a Take Notice Mindfulness walk with our Wellbeing Officer Rachel with our YouTube video.
- Bullying - All types of bullying is unacceptable, whether it is at school, at home or at work. It can be hard to speak out. For support, visit the National Bullying and Cyber Bullying websites.
- Support for under 25s- Visit themix.org.uk for support and advice on a variety of topics, including mental health, LGBTQ+, travel, relationships and more. The Mix is a UK based charity that provide free, confidential support for young people under 25 via online, social and mobile.
- Kooth – an online mental wellbeing community for young people aged. Free, safe and anonymous online support.
- Emotional wellbeing hints and tips on building emotional resilience, exam help and more from an ex-Teacher.
- Young Minds - know more about how you’re feeling, get information about a mental health condition or find out what support is available for you.
- If you feel like you are struggling and need to seek help, support is available for people of all ages and backgrounds.The NHS has a list of helplines and support groups that can offer expert advice.
Our Health and Wellbeing Officer has produced this short video to show you an easy and quick stress relief technique on YouTube, handy for exam periods and results day!
Visit our Get Active page for more information on our upcoming programmes.
- Exercise - Children and young people should aim to do at least 60 minutes of moderate exercise a day across the week. For those who have enjoyed following Joe Wicks and his daily lockdown workouts, visit his YouTube channel for more home workouts.
- Yoga can improve flexibility, build strength, prevent back pain, foster mental calmness and more. With the Calm Collective you can find the right class for you.