Looking after our mental health in government-advised isolation is as important as looking after our physical health. As our regular daily lives have faced disruption and restrictions to our connections with others, let's focus on what we may do from within our homes.
Talking to your family members or friends can really promote space for managing and processing how we feel and what we are thinking during this time. This can bring a sense of togetherness, emotional wellness and support. Online video platforms for connecting with others can be helpful. No matter what age you are, seeing your friends in this way can promote wellbeing. If you have preteens/teenagers, invite them to show you apps they use for keeping in touch with their friends and take suggestions from them, as well as sharing your own suggestions. Building connections with others as part of your isolation routine can become an integral part of your temporary new way of living. As we focus on our children and young people, I remind you to remember to look after yourself too.
If you find it hard to talk to others, or you notice your teens or children are finding it hard to talk to you, the following websites may help:
A charity for teenagers that helps them manage difficult feelings using online resources.
Offers support and advice for parents with children on how to talk to your child about Coronavirus, as well as giving tips for parents isolating with children.
If you need someone to talk to, they will listen. Day or night, via phone (dial 116 123) or email (if you feel unable to talk), they are there for you.
Alternatively and as well as verbally talking, keeping a 'Pandemic Dairy' can be a helpful way of supporting our emotional health. The use of pictures, drawing, collages or writing can all be used for your diary, promoting its inclusiveness for any age or ability.