It’s hard to get away from the 24/7 news about coronavirus.
A lot of changes will have happened in your day to day life recently, with routines changing, schools closing and events being cancelled, here are some tips to help you take positive steps to improve your wellbeing.
1. Focus on the facts
There is a lot of information online and on social media which may not be true.
To make sure your facts are not fake news, stick to NHS and Government websites.
The health risk of coronavirus is considered low for most young people.
2. Think about your triggers
This could be you being bored, being alone or minimising watching the news or reading about coronavirus.
When you know what your triggers are, you will be able to combat these with a list of things you can do instead at these times.
3. Eat and drink well
Doing this at regular times in the day will help keep up your energy levels and ensure you maintain a balanced diet.
4. Get balanced sleep
Get into a healthy sleep pattern, going to bed and waking at the same time each day can really help to improve your mood and provide you with a routine, even though other events will have changed.
5. Help others
People in communities up and down the country are looking out for those who may be unwell or having to stay in their homes.
Others are donating food to food banks for people who don’t have enough food.
Can you think of ways you could help someone in your street or town?
6. Be creative
Taking up a new hobby or skill can help relieve boredom, and also gives you a boost of self-confidence and self-esteem.
7. Relax and make time for yourself
Allow time to chill and relax.
You can also try breathing exercises and practice mindfulness. Working on your breathing can really help to keep you calm when feeling worried or anxious.
8. Remember the adults too!
This is a worrying time for everyone, and adults can also get just as anxious so help them out by explaining to them what you have learnt in the tips above.
how to get help
If you have any more questions on this area or would like to speak to somebody about this topic, have a look at the links or search for your local services in the blue box below. Alternatively you can always contact your public health nurse.
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Find out what services are available to you in your area. Remember your school nurse is always there to give you confidential help and support.