How are we working during COVID-19?
We are continuing to support the young people we work with and are following guidance from the National Youth Agency in how we do this. We have put together some information that we are sharing with young people and remain in contact with them in a way that works for them.
We promote S.M.A.S.H
S - SPACE
M - MASKS
A - AND
S - SANATIZE
H - HANDS
Key points in managing mental health and well-being during Lockdown/COVID-19
Its easy to lose structure with working from home, home schooling, and not being able to do the things we are used to doing. As simple as it sounds, a timetable can really help. Ensure that you have some things you like to do, as well as some things you need to do. This will help in not feeling overwhelmed
with the things that need doing.
With working and learning from home, one of the biggest issues is the ability to switch off. Our home has often been the place to separate school and work from our other interests and areas of our lives. Set yourself time limits and make sure that you have time away from learning or work.
With our normal lives very much currently changed, it can be very easy to fall in to unhealthy sleeping patterns. This may be staying up late at night, then waking later in the day, meaning you are then working later than you would have previously. Sleep has many benefits to both mental and physical wellbeing, so it's important you get the correct amount of sleep.
Try new things
With more time on our hands this may provide opportunities to try some new activities. This may be something you have wanted to try for a while or something random. Baking, reading, art and yoga are just a few ideas, but find what works for you. Now could be the time you find a passion for something new and this can help keep you motivated and positive.
Do the things you like
Think about the things you like to do. Allow time during the day to enjoy them, as this can help with day-to-day stresses.
Exercise is important and although we may not be able to do the exercise we enjoyed previously with gyms closed, clubs not running, or not being able to go out when we want to, there are other options. There are some great workouts you can do at home on YouTube or just go for a daily walk. We are having to spend large periods of time indoors so if you can go for a walk and get some fresh air, do so! Want to try running a 5k? There are apps that can support you with this.
Talking to family and friends regularly will help you in feeling less isolated. This can also help with managing stress and anxiety. There are professionals/support services available and if at any time you feel you need support, use what is available to you.
If you are struggling for food, contact your local food bank/fair share. This may be something you have never had to use before, but they are available and may be able to ease one worry.
Some contact numbers:
Samaritans: 116 123
Domestic Abuse UK: 0808 2000247
Child abuse Helpline: 0800 1111
Young Men’s Mental Health: 0800 58 58 58
Young Person’s Mental Health: 0800 068 4141
SANEline: 0808 808 4994
COVID-19 Support: 119