Avoiding Anxiety while in Self-Isolation
The COVID-19 pandemic may be stressful and frightening for some. Fear and anxiety can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in children and teens, particularly during these uncertain times. This is why it is crucial to take care of your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak.
1. Be Active
Exercise won't necessarily make your stress disappear, but it will reduce some of the emotional intensity that you're feeling, clearing your thoughts and letting you deal with your worries more calmly.
The Body Coach TV - Joe Wicks has launched daily 'P.E With Joe' videos on his YouTube channel.
Sport England - Their #StayInWorkOut campaign gives great tips and advice on getting active in and around your home.
Pop Sugar - If like Amalie and Ella you are missing your regular dance classes, Pop Sugar have a great collection of dance based workouts including Hip-Hop, Barre and Latin to name a few.
There are many other great online resources to give you ideas to keep active. Utilise equipment you already have and set goals for your activity for example score ten netball/basketball hoops in a row, set up an activity circuit and try to beat your completion time or build up your run distance to 5k. Setting goals and beating them gives a sense of motivation and achievement.
2. Talk and Ask Questions
You may have many questions about the current situation we are all facing with the Covid-19 pandemic - what, why, when etc. Do speak to an adult and they can help you understand a bit more about what is happening. Try and limit your exposure to news coverage including social media as it is easy to misinterpret what you read. Try to focus on the positive and the things you are grateful for. This time could be a great opportunity to use your time at home to learn a new skill, rearrange the layout of your bedroom or learn how to play chess or card games.
3. Stay Connected with Friends and Family
A good support network of friends and family can ease any worries, help you see things in a different way and provide support to each other. We often have a good laugh with them, which is an excellent stress reliever! Today’s digital world makes it easy to keep in touch and get people together - FaceTime, WhatsApp, Skype, Zoom and House Party are all popular platforms.
4. Take Charge of Your Day
Creating a daily routine means that you have a purpose each day. It reduces boredom, lethargy and is great for productivity. Set specific time slots during your day to cover reading, school work, exercise, talking to friends, watching a film, playing in the garden and helping around the house - you might be able to do extra jobs to earn more pocket money! Don’t forget to include some chill out ‘me time’ to relax with music, read, doodle or try some mindfulness techniques explained in our Mindful Magic blog. School may be on hold for a while but it’s still important to follow a good bedtime routine - for an example read our Sleep Better Tips for Teens.
5. Stay Strong
We won’t be in this situation forever. Life will go back to what was considered normal and this time of isolation will become a distant dream. Instead of feeling negative about all the things you are missing out on, make the most of it and create positive memories. It is a rare opportunity to share so much family time together. Stay strong, positive and support each other.
Finally, check out the Lela Loves Happy Mind Collection to help support a calm, happy mind.