For most children, try to develop and implement a new routine that all family members can follow. This will provides a balance of several different activities and appropriate interactions with others. At times like these, it can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour, which can make you feel worse.
Simple things you can do to stay mentally and physically active during this time include:
- Wake up relatively early – (annoying but it does help). Lying in bed until early afternoon will drain your energy levels and crush productivity. Set a nice alarm to wake up to and allow yourself more time to get ready and start the day properly.
- Stay connected to your friends and family via Skype, e-mail, video-calling and telephone / texting. Don’t rely just on texting though, as an audio-visual catch up is much more rewarding.
- Social media can be an excellent way to keep in touch with your friends and family. However, you should be mindful of your use of social media. Use it to promote positive interactions, and put your device away if it starts to negatively affect your mood. Many smartphones allow you to set time limits for certain apps such as Facebook or Instagram.
- It is important to maintain, where possible, some sort of daily routine. You should vary what you put into your routine to keep things different and interesting but try and include key elements consistently.
Make a to-do list (or schedule / rota) with reasonable and specific things included. Finalise your schedule / rota the night before so you are ready and prepared for the day ahead. Include spending time doing things you enjoy as well as things you need to do.
- Time to eat (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- Time to network chat and socialise, social media / gaming (IT based)
- Time to do work, study, homework, coursework, learn, research
- Time for exercise
- Time for relaxing, personal downtime (non IT based)
- Time to spend with family
- Time to spend doing something fun / different / activity based
Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water, and try to avoid smoking, alcohol and recreational drugs
If needing to socially isolate, spend time with the windows open to let in fresh air, arranging space to sit with a nice view if possible and get some natural sunlight. Get out into the garden or sit on your doorstep if you can, keeping a distance of at least 2 metres from others.
If you don't need to isolate, you should try and get out of the house to do your daily exercise (walk, jog, run or bike-ride), keeping your social distance to at least 2 metres when outside.
Look to introduce fun activities for you and the family
- Themed meals
- Special movie / Netflix nights
- Quizzes and competitions
- Kitchen dancing / Karaoke
- Skype/FT friends other family to involve them too
Getting a good night’s sleep is crucial for feeling emotionally healthy the next day. We all feel better after a good night’s sleep.
Helping families with emotional and physical well-being
Websites offering links to a number of young people friendly resources
- Anna Freud (links to a number of wellbeing resources, list of sources of help for those with urgent needs)
- Childline (help and advice on a wide range of issues)
- Footsteps Teeside (coping with isolation, mental health & wellbeing. Resources peer reviewed by student Hollie Smith)
- Health for Young People (good links to advice & information on sexual health, mental health and long term conditions)
- Healthy Young Minds (Herts based, has links to local and national advice and sources)
- The Mix (advice and support for the Under 25s)
- Young People’s Health.org (wide range of links to valuable resources)
Supporting adults after a suicide of someone they care about, in West Yorkshire, Harrogate and Craven.
The official phone number is 0300 013 5000 and there is more information on their website https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-how-it-works. You may be contacted by phone, text or email.
Please bear in mind that the genuine testers will NOT -
- call you from any premium rate number, such as one starting with 07 or 087
- ask you for any financial information such as a debit or credit card number
- ask you to set up a password or pin number
If you do receive a genuine call and are uncomfortable, you can always ask to complete the information on the official web based service instead - https://contact-tracing.phe.gov.uk/
You can report suspicious texts by forwarding the original message to 7726, which spells SPAM on your keypad.
Questions have been asked about the security of the NHS tracking app. Please be assured that:
- You remain anonymous and your personal data will not be collected
- The data of people you interact with will not be collected on the app
- Any data in the app is encrypted
- Systems which the anonymous data is uploaded onto is secure and will not be enough to identify individuals
- It is not linked to other data which the NHS holds
Every day 6,000 people in the United Kingdom become carers, something few have been able to plan for. From the start, they may find themselves needing to talk to health and social care providers; to negotiate with their employers on how to juggle work with caring; to deal with the intricacies of the benefits system or to consider how to fund future care costs. All of this while they are coming to terms with their new caring responsibilities. It’s no wonder that caring can feel overwhelming, bewildering and stressful. For many young carers this also involves trying to balance their education with their caring responsibilities, whilst still trying to navigate childhood, and for many BAME carers this involves balancing what’s right for them and their culture.
Dyneley House Surgery work in partnership with Carers Resource, and offers a Carers Advice Clinic for Patients to seek support. This includes benefits & welfare advice , support to navigate through the social care system, respite for carers & emotional support. Please contact the surgery to book an appointment.
Link to Carers Resource Website: https://www.carersresource.org/
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