Young people’s self-care tips for self-isolation
Now that most of us are self-isolating due to the coronavirus pandemic, it is more important than ever to practise self-care and look after ourselves. We asked our bloggers and Activists what they’re doing to look after their mental health while they’re staying at home. Here’s what they said.
Don’t forget the basics
“Look after the basics first; eat regular meals, drink plenty of water, have regular showers and try to get enough sleep. If you can, continue to access therapy or counselling online, or find an online peer support group. Keep taking your meds and use the YoungMinds Crisis Messenger text line if you need to.”
– Nikki, 22
Maintain a routine
“Everyone’s different, but I personally cannot cope without a routine or daily plan. Try to set an alarm if you know you oversleep, and force yourself to get up and do something – whether it’s exercise, eating or academia, getting out of bed will help you avoid falling into a slump. Try to get changed to signal to yourself that it’s no longer sleep time (even if it’s just into different pjs – it’s the action itself that helps). It could also be helpful to go for a walk in the fresh air every day to get you out of the house as well as releasing endorphins (you can find the latest government guidance on leaving your home here).”
– Tara, 17
As hard as it can be when you have no deadlines, it is important to try and keep a regular routine. Try to wake up and go to sleep at a time that suits you – and stick to the same time every day where possible. It also helps to keep as much from your normal routine as possible; for example, dress in work clothes when the work day begins.”
– Dhyana, 18
Set yourself achievable goals
“Give yourself a goal each day. Having something to aim for will give you a purpose, and mini goals are particularly great in giving yourself a confidence boost.
“It could be something like cooking a meal for whoever you live with, writing a set of flashcards for school, getting around to sorting out your wardrobe or going for a walk (you can find the latest government guidance on leaving your home here). Whatever you do will give you a sense of achievement and will also be beneficial to your body/brain.”
“You don’t have to plan your day to the exact minute. Instead, write out goals, big or small, that you would like to achieve in the day. You can then allocate these tasks to the morning, afternoon or evening. While our usual routines might seem to be out of the window, it is important for our mental wellbeing that we try to maintain a sense of normality in our lives.”
– Elsie, 17