Worries surrounding coronavirus can be overwhelming, especially for young carers who are anxious about the health of the people they look after. Here are a few of our tips on how to cope with social distancing – and keep following our blog this month for more of our favourite Honeypot activities you can do at home!
Use a journal
Writing in a journal can help you to relieve stress by organising your thoughts and feelings. You could write down what you’ve done today, what you’re feeling something new you’ve learnt, or something you’re grateful for. You might also be able to channel these emotions into creativity.
Exercise from home
Exercise is a great way to keep you healthy and manage anxiety. Online exercise and yoga tutorials can be great fun, but there are also many exercises you can do without a tutorial:
- Jumping jacks
- Stair stepping, which can also be done with a stable chair or a large book
- Dancing – pick out some of your favourite tunes on Youtube and have a dance party!
- High knees
- Push ups and/or sit ups
Reading books can help to keep your mind occupied. Try to pick books which uplift you, make you laugh, or teach you something new. Check out our book suggestions for young carers here.
If you’re self-isolating, it’s normal to feel lonely. Although things are scary, a lot of people people are more understanding ready than ever to help out others. Don’t feel afraid to reach out to the people you care about via video messaging and ask for help or just a chat.
Limit your consumption of news
There are so many news stories coming out about coronavirus, which can be frightening. If you feel like these stories could cause you to worry, try to avoid articles or watching the news. You can always check the NHS website for the latest advice.
When you’re feeling worried, it is important to remember that there are many health workers who are working to stop the spread of Coronavirus. If you know a young carer, think about reaching out to them and asking if there is anything you can do to support them and their family.
Although we’ve had to close our Honeypot Houses for the time being, we’ll still be doing everything we can to support young carers. Watch this space for news of how we’re helping and how you can get involved at home.