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Looking After your Health & Wellbeing

During this very difficult time, looking after your physical and mental wellbeing, or the physical and mental wellbeing of your young person, is really important. Here, you’ll find useful tips and resources that may help.

HOW SOAP KILLS CORONAVIRUS

A short animation explaining how soap breaks the coronavirus down and why it’s so important to wash your hands with soap for the full 20 seconds.

What to do if you’re anxious about Coronavirus

This article has ideas and practical things to do to help you if you are feeling anxious about coronavirus.

Coping with an eating disorder during Coronavirus

A blog about the challenges people who suffer eating disorders may experience due to the pandemic. This blog includes tips on how to deal with the challenges coronavirus creates.

Coronavirus and your Wellbeing – For Young People

Ideas for maintaining good wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus, Autism and my mental health

A blog written by Madeline about how coronavirus has impacted her autism and mental health. Madeline shares tips on how others can manage these challenging times.

Nurturing our relationships during the Coronavirus pandemic

An article offering support about how to manage relationships during a time when we can’t physically see and be with those outside of our household.

Tips for coping with OCD during the Coronavirus pandemic

Tips and ideas on how to manage OCD during the coronavirus pandemic.

Looking after your mental health while self-isolating

Tips for how to look after your mental health while self-isolating including, staying connected, staying calm and dealing with stressful situations at home.

Tips for creating a routine during self-isolation

Tips around creating and maintaining a healthy routine during self-isolation, including ideas for keeping active.

How I’m coping with exams being cancelled

A blog written by Elsa who was due to take her A Level exams this summer.

Learning from Home

A guide to learning from home and supporting your health and wellbeing at the same time.

LifeLab

This booklet contains information to help you keep up-to-date with your science studies, plus has fun tasks and tips on looking after your physical and mental wellbeing during the pandemic.

VESPA Online Resources

Free 8-week course that you can complete at your own pace aimed at developing the skills and thinking needed for academic success. Get ready for college style learning by developing your Vision, Effort, Systems, Practice and Attitude.

WHAT’S UP WITH EVERYONE?

What’s Up with Everyone? focuses on areas of concern to young people’s mental health such as: loneliness, perfectionism, competitiveness, social media and independence.

Being your best: How can we use mindfulness to be our best self?

This video from the University of Portsmouth highlights how our brains respond to stress and provides useful information about how mindfulness can help ease these responses.

Every mind Matters

Lots of tips, articles and resources from the NHS for health, wellbeing and mental health.

How to be Kinder to Yourself

This article focuses on how we interact with our negative emotions. It explores how accepting the emotions we experience and looking into why we feel them, can help us to understand ourselves and our feelings better.

How to declutter your mind

This article explains how keeping a journal can declutter your mind and help you to prioritise what’s important.

How to look after your mental health in a difficult living environment

Ideas about how to look after your mental health in a difficult living environment. Including tips on, picking your battles, establishing boundaries to protect your wellbeing, forming ‘safe spaces’ and being kind to yourself.

Self-care – looking after your own mental health

Information and tips on how to take care of your own mental health through self-care.

Think Ninja app – mental health support for young people ages 10 – 18

App for young people aged 10– 18 providing mental health education, coping strategies and support during the coronavirus pandemic for free. You can use the app on a smartphone or tablet. Just search for ‘ThinkNinja’ in the IOS or Android app store.

Why do we laugh?

Why do we laugh? This short animation will tell you more about the science behind laughing and how laughing can help you.

You are not alone in your loneliness

Jonny Sun, an author and illustrator, gives a TED Talk about loneliness and how social media and the internet can help us to feel positive connections when we feel most alone.

Your 5-day gratitude Challenge

Ideas to increase your gratefulness in everyday life.

How does the immune System work?

This short video explains how your immune system works and what it is doing when it is fighting off diseases.

How much sleep do you actually need?

This video shows what happens to the body when you have 4, 6 or 8 hours sleep and explains whether you can catch up on sleep after a bad night.

Sleep Station

Information and advice to help you get a restful night.

Sport England: Stay in, Work out

Fun and creative ideas on how to stay active at home including links to Les Mills, Joe Wicks and FiiT. There’s also advice on making the most of your daily fresh air.

Get yourself active

Disabled people leading change in the social care, health and sport sectors to improve health and wellbeing outcomes.

Advice for parents and carers

Advice for parents and carers about how to support young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic.

Autism Hampshire Coronavirus Resource Hub

A selection of resources to help support individuals with autism, including subjects such as bereavement and the transition back to school/work.

Coronavirus advice and support for parents and carers

Articles offering advice and support for parents and carers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Nature can be as engaging as video games – how to help kids fall in love with the outdoors

A TED article from Scott Sampson giving ideas of how you can help young people fall in love with nature on your daily walks.

Supporting young people’s mental health during periods of disruption

Advice for young people about how to maintain positive wellbeing and mental health during the coronavirus pandemic.

Talking to your child about Coronavirus

Tips for parents and carers on how to approach the subject of coronavirus with children.

What adults can learn from kids

At the age of 12, Adora Svitak gives an impassioned talk about important lessons which adults can, and should, learn from children.