Advice for looking after yourself as lockdown restrictions ease
With lockdown restrictions easing, schools back open, and more and more people receiving their vaccine, there is a lot to be optimistic about. But many of us will have mixed feelings about things changing, and that is only natural. We may be anxious about our routine changing, we may be struggling with the idea of socialising again, we may feel nervous if we’ve been shielding, or we may just feel overwhelmed.
However you’re feeling right now is valid, and there is no need to feel guilty if you aren’t feeling excited or relieved. It’s important to remember that there is no template for dealing with this situation, and no “right” way to feel. So be kind to yourself and reach out for help if you need it. If you don’t know who to turn to, remember you can always use our free Crisis Messenger service – just text YM to 85258 any time, day or night.
Our advice on coping with phobias
Phobias can be really isolating and difficult to cope with, but you are not alone if you’re struggling with one. We’ve worked with our Activists to create a new page with lots of information, tips and advice on dealing with phobias.
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Get your running shoes on for #TeamYM
Have you taken up running in lockdown? Or perhaps you’re looking for some motivation to get started? Whatever the case, we have a whole host of running events to choose from, so if you want to challenge yourself and raise vital funds for YoungMinds in the process, there’s never been a better time.
> Find out more
Positive activites to try with your child over the Easter break
We know it’s been hard trying to juggle your role as a parent with the challenges of being a temporary home-school teacher, but you’ve done an amazing job. Still, with the Easter break approaching, it’s important to take time out for your mental health and have the chance to spend time with your child as a parent and a parent alone. Have a look at our suggestions for fun activities you can try with your child.
> See our activity ideas
Register your interest for one of our free online workshops
We’re in the process of setting up free online training courses to support professionals in their response to the pandemic. These courses will take place between April 2021 – early July 2021.
If you would like us to contact you about this, please follow the link below and fill in the required information. We’ll get back in touch as soon as the calendar of training dates becomes available.
> Register your interest
Help us improve our guides for parents
Could you help us improve our resources and guides for parents by sharing your views? If you have experience of supporting your child or a young person with self-harm, racism and mental health or counselling services, sign up here to provide feedback on our advice. We’ll then follow up with more information. It will take around an hour to provide feedback.
New on the blog this month
- Tips for talking to your friends about your mental health: Starting a conversation with your friends about your mental health can be really scary, but it can also help you feel less alone. Four of our bloggers share their tips for opening up to friends.
- Coping with social phobia: Living with social anxiety can be really difficult. You may feel like it will never get better, but it can. Emily, 22, shares what she’s learnt about dealing with social phobia.
- Living with schizophrenia: Shruti, 23, shares how schizophrenia affects her and how she got help for the condition.
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At YoungMinds, we’re leading the movement to make sure every young person gets the mental health support they need, when they need it, no matter what.
Thank you for your ongoing support – Team YM 💛