STEP BACK FROM THE NEWS/SOCIAL MEDIA:
Keeping yourself informed is fine but ask yourself whether you need to be glued to every single news report or social media platform. These can heighten your sense of fear.
Limit the amount of time you spend reading or watching things which aren't making you feel better. Perhaps decide on a specific time to check in with the news.
There is a lot of misinformation swirling around - stay informed by sticking to trusted sources of information such as Public Health England and NHS.
If you find it’s all getting too much, avoid the news and mute words on social media or at least follow some good news accounts to add a bit of light to the dark. It is very important to find positivity amongst the negativity.
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HOW TO STAY PRODUCTIVE WHILE AT HOME
Whether you are distancing yourself from others or self-Isolating, here are some tips to remain calm, be productive and/or remain social:
Try and get into a daily routine that prioritises looking after yourself. You may find it helpful to plan out your time in advance and know what you are going to do each day, including something to look forward to. Getting up and going to bed at the same time every day is a massive help as well as getting washed and dressed before working.
Look after your personal environment and create a space that you are able to enjoy and feel comfortable in. As much as possible, try to work and sleep in separate places so your mind understands them as separate environments.
Stay active. It is recommended staying away from the gym but you can still workout from your own home, you can find out how here: https://www.sportengland.org/news/how-stay-active-while-youre-home?fbclid=IwAR08GeJuMReMeHDSEku612M0FHJaEhDLzR6wipcJ62dkL8bxKABvXFjJYiU
PLAYLISTS TO STUDY TO:
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PLAYLISTS TO BRIGHTEN YOUR MOOD:
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HELPFUL APPS/WEBSITES TO KEEP YOU OCCUPIED AND CALM:
Calm: Calm is a leading app for meditation and sleep. Join the millions experiencing lower stress, less anxiety, and more restful sleep with our guided meditations, Sleep Stories, breathing programs, masterclasses, and relaxing music. Recommended by top psychologists, therapists, and mental health experts
Headspace: Headspace is your guide to everyday mindfulness in just a few minutes. Choose from hundreds of guided meditations on everything from managing stress and anxiety to sleep, productivity, exercise, and physical health.
Flora: Flora is a gamified pomodoro timer, habit tracker, and do-to list app that encourages you and friends to put down the phones and be productive via tree planting.
Duolingo: Want to learn a new language? It’s now fun, entertaining, and efficient to learn, right on your phone!
TalkLife: Are you battling with your mental health, anxiety and depression? If you’re finding life hard TalkLife can help. You’re not alone in this. A community of likeminded supportive people across the globe who understand what it’s like to battle the ups and downs.
Action for Happiness: Action for Happiness helps people take action for a happier and more caring world.
MeeTwo: The MeeTwo app provides a safe and secure forum for teenagers wanting to discuss any issue affecting their lives.
You can anonymously get advice from experts or other teenagers going through similar experiences in areas such as mental health, self-harming, relationships and friendships.
NEED SOMEONE TO TALK TO:
Nightline email service is open. You can contact them on firstname.lastname@example.org and expect a reply from their listening volunteers within 48 hours. Anything you disclose will remain confidential and will also be anonymous as they can’t see your email address!
Samaritans are open 24/7 everyday throughout the year and are free to call on 116 123.
Shout is a free UK text help service which you can message on 85258.
If you need advice on your physical health, visit here: https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19?fbclid=IwAR0TS41nH-8_x9_W-TcOr4z2kI_a_ghjg6uDc7cNJw670VejaXZdFs9KVDU