Off School / Staying Home?
Some tips for getting through...
1. Routine is really important
If you can't do your normal routine - make a new one!
Get up / get clean / get dressed
Eat regular healthy meals and avoid snacking on (too many) sweets and treats
Create a timetable and include:
- schoolwork / study;
- helping around the house;
- time for fun / play;
- time just for you
We've got a timetable template here or you could make your own...
This fab 'Daily Check In' chart was created by Chelsea who's involved with Young People Cornwall (Top Tip: YPC are offering terrific support in all sorts of ways including an opportunity for online chat if your're worried about anything. Check them out).
2. Stay Connected
Stay in touch with friends and family - speak on the 'phone or a video call but also send cards ( make your own?) or a letter too.
3. Take time away from technology
Our technology is great and helps us stay in touch. There's also a lot of stuff that can add to worries. Take a break and do something like colouring or crafts - anything you can get lost in and helps you stop thinking about what's happening for a time.
4. Catch your worries, name them and tame them
If you find yourself worrying... try and catch them by writing them down. Are they something you can ask an adult about - it might reassure to have some good information? Are they things you can control / do something about? If yes Think, if this does happen what can you plan to do to tame it...
Sometimes our worries seem really big and scary when, if you share them with others and really look at them, you see they are really quite manageable...
Check out The Huge Bag of Worries by Virginia Ironside... It is a great story about doing just that.
5. Plan ahead
It will be over eventually. Think about things you'd like to do in the future. Have something to look forward to. We have a great idea for a Jar of Wishes in the on-line wellbeing toolkit
Check out the fantastic Childline Coronavirus pages for more ideas and things to help you get through
Children from across the UK ask government scientists their questions about coronavirus
Hear the questions 12 young people from across the UK aged 7 to 19 asked scientists about the coronavirus pandemic.