Health and Wellbeing Top Tips
It is important that you look after your wellbeing by talking to friends and family, and keeping healthy during this difficult time.
Talk to others
Share your feelings and thoughts with the people you live with. This is good for your wellbeing and may help others to manage their own thoughts and feelings. If you struggle to do this or would just like to be connected with someone to talk to, you could access the online community at The Mix or join Kooth.
Connect with others
Use technology to stay in connect with your family and friends. Use telephone, video calls and social media as an alternative to meeting in person. Tips and information about staying safe online can be found at Think U Know and CEOP
Your physical health and mental health and wellbeing are linked together. Try to keep a familiar routine - this might be as simple as setting an alarm to wake up in the morning or completing a daily activities and task list. It is important to eat healthy and well-balanced meals, whilst staying hydrated by drinking enough water. Try to go outside at some point during the day. This could be to walk, run, or dance - just remember to keep 2 metres from others not from your household! The Stay In, Work Out website contains lots of useful links for young adults and children from yoga classes to dance routines.
Try to maintain regular sleep patterns and make sure you get enough sleep. If you want tips on how to improve your sleep, click here https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/sleep/
It is common to feel concerned by the COVID situation, but some people may feel overwhelmed. Try to focus on those things in your control. If you want help on managing anxiety, click here. https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/anxiety/
Maintaining your favourite hobby or learning something new will give you some relief from anxious thoughts and feelings and can boost your mood. If you can’t do the things you normally enjoy because you are staying at home, try to think about how you could adapt them, or try something new. There are lots of free tutorials and courses online and as well as alternatives to our favourite things like online quizzes and streamed live music concerts. Try to keep your mind active, play games, read a book, do a jigsaw; find something you enjoy.
If you need any support there are lots of places to get advice, support or just to have a chat.
Where can I get further support?
Kooth provides online support form children and young people in Sefton aged 11-19. The site is staffed by fully trained and qualified counsellors and is available until 10pm each night, 365 days per year. It is free, safe, confidential
Shout provides free, confidential support, 24/7 via text for anyone at crisis anytime, anywhere.
- text SHOUT to 85258 in the UK to text with a trained Crisis Volunteer
- text with someone who is trained and will provide active listening and collaborative problem-solving
ChildLine provides a confidential telephone counselling service for any child with a problem. It comforts, advises and protects.
The Mix provides a free confidential telephone helpline and online service that aims to find young people the best help, whatever the problem.
Swan Women's Centre provide counselling service for young women aged 14-18 in Sefton. During the COVID-19 situation, the team are working from home and are able to respond by phone, email, text, Facebook. You can contact them, if you are worried, anxious or just need to talk to someone.
Alchemy Youth Provision is a youth club in Crosby and Southport. You can keep connected with them on Facebook and Instagram and join their monitored online youth club.
The Anti-Bullying Alliance website can provide you with support around bullying and cyberbullying.