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Article: How To Handle Coronavirus - December 18th 2020, 01:32 AM

Having just obtained the last Coronavirus infections of yesterday, 17th December 2020 to be 35,383, a very worrying increase from 25,161 on the previous day, I hope this will be a useful and informative article. Please be aware this is going to be a long read.


How to Handle Coronavirus


Coronavirus has seriously changed our way of life, leaving many feeling anxious and unsure. If you have been experiencing difficulty be it at home, at school or at work, this is quite normal. The key is to remember, that Coronavirus and its mutations is not forever. You are not alone, because we want to be supportive to you and your mental health during this present crisis.

The television news is upsetting, unsettling; disturbing, even fake news is unhelpful to say the least, so I suggest you limit watch your news to once a day and preferably not during the evening because at that time we tend to overthink.

Not everything you hear is correct, for social media can be a hotbed of deliberate disinformation, guaranteed to confuse and disturb, making us wonder why our world seems to be going mad. Instead, make certain you get the most accurate and up-to-date news from a reliable source, such as BBC News


Limit your Social Media Feeds.

Set your social media to accept only supportive information, muting incoming WhatsApp clusters if you find them increasing your anxiety.

Watch only the good stuff.

There are some great stories about brave men and women who give out positive encouragement during these dark times. Seek out illustrators such as cartoonist Charlie Mackesy who dedicated his drawings to the people on the front line battling against Covid-19, such as nurses and key workers.

Self-isolation is driving me crazy!

Staying home is vital to protect you and others from letting the virus spread. There are many things you can do to prevent this. It's not going to be easy, but you can go out and take exercise with one friend, or deliver some shopping to someone housebound, but keeping distance from them after dropping it off at the door. Talking to them from paces away while wearing your mask can make someone lonely feel they are not alone.

When the feeling of being trapped builds up where you live among family, keeping some distance from them by making your bedroom nicer and tidier, and it will help if you make yourself look more presentable, these things go a long way into giving a better impression to others. Commit to an exercise program, or do a daily guided meditation. In the evenings light some candles and dim the lights, so your room feels more intimate and cozy.

Your Relationship Survival Guide:

Our friendships and relationships will help us survive this coronavirus crisis. Living with someone at your parent's house, or your flatmates 24/7 can be difficult to say the least. Not forgetting those who we love and want to be with, but canít.

Whether youíre struggling to maintain harmony at home or youíre worried your relationship is fizzling out because youíre unable to see each other.

When stuck at home, being quarantined for weeks on end is weird and intense, and itís putting a massive strain on parents, but also relationships. Some people have noticed theyíre fighting more or shouting, are more easily irritated or at the worst, shunned. Thankfully, there are things you can do to help keep the peace.

Make a private nook for yourself. This is likely to be your bedroom but it might also be a smaller room in the house or out in the garden, maybe even the garden shed. Keep wherever you choose tidy and looking nice. When wanting to be alone, keeping a nice space to escape to for me-time will be all your very own.

Give one-another space. Respect that one of your parents might want a shower or a leisurely bath on their own, or want a place where they can chat privately with their buddies. Just because youíre quarantined together doesnít mean you have to spend every minute of every moment together.

Be helpful. Make dinner for your buddy, help your sister or bro with their homework, offer your mum a helping hand with his new vegetable growing project. Kindness encourages kindness.

Talk about your feelings. Feeling fretful or concerned? Worried? Anxious? Tell the ones you live with. This should help you feel better and less isolated. It may even bring you closer together.

Bicker-Not. Itís all part of human nature to grind each other's gears when youíre together all day every day. Try to remember this is just a reaction where your mind wants releasing. Arguing doesnít necessarily be the end of your relationship or friendship. Take some deep breaths and remember how lovely they were to you months back. Cherish those happy thoughts when you were together and at peace with one-another.

Be aware of trouble brewing. Be calm to stop an argument from escalating. Deflect a bitter remark by staying calm and giving a soft answer. A soft answer turns away wrath.

Share jobs around the house. Your turn to cook? Check your kitchen food cupboards and make a simple meals with those ingredients. Look online for inspiration. Offer to wash up even if you made the meal. Doing something from start to finish will help others to chill back and completely relax after a meal.

Getting annoyed with someone? Let go pf whatever the remark is. Let it wash over you you like water in the shower. Don't bottle things up! Go outside for another walk. Even walking in gentle rain is a help. If there's an atmosphere at home, say sorry and then go outside./ No need to dwell on whatever has been said. Respecting someone's opinion shows temperance and control. Smile and let things roll.

Problems with Sleep?

When our lifestyles become increasingly frenetic and overwhelming, or when big changes happen in our lives, our regular sleep times and mental health can often begin to suffer. There are help things to cope. Although most of us will notice a deterioration in feeling on top pf things, many of us can find it difficult to know where the problem begins and how to handle it. Covid may have already sparked anxiety which impacts on our mental well-being, sleep patterns, and in our friends'. This is why we need to switch off our devices at least 45 minutes before bedtime, so we can fall asleep and maintain a healthy routine around our routines during this time. Darkening evenings don't help so it's good getting some sunshine during the day. Divide your time studying, resting, enjoying a cuppa before returning to your school work. Taking regular breaks helps give rest and welcome space to our minds.

Changes to our sleep patterns. Turn off the TV news before bedtime. Evening news is not always healthy as it causes changes to our sleeping patterns. Reserving movie watching to the weekends only can help keep a tab on our regular sleep arrangements in light of the coronavirus crisis. Sleeping well directly affects your mental and physical health. Fall short and it can take a serious toll on your daytime energy, productivity, emotional balance, and even your weight. Yet many of us regularly toss and turn at night, struggling to get the sleep we need

Unhealthy daytime habits and lifestyle choices can leave you tossing and turning at night and adversely affect your mood, brain and heart health, immune system, creativity, vitality, and weight. But by experimenting with the following tips, you can enjoy better sleep at night, boost your health, and improve how you think and feel during the day.

Try to go to sleep and get up at the same time every day. This helps set your bodyís internal clock and optimize the quality of your sleep. Choose a bed time when you normally feel tired, so that you donít toss and turn. If youíre getting enough sleep, you should wake up naturally without an alarm. If you need an alarm clock, you may need an earlier bedtime. And avoid a lie-in at weekends (memo to self!), because the more your weekend /weekday sleep schedules differ, the worse the jet lag-type symptoms youíll experience.

Be smart with snoozing. While napping is a good way to make up for lost sleep, if you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep at night, napping can make things worse. Limit naps to 15 to 20 minutes in the early afternoon.

Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone controlled by light exposure that helps regulate your sleep-wake cycle. Your brain secretes more melatonin when itís dark - making you sleepy - and less when itís light - making you more alert. However, many aspects of modern life can alter your bodyís production of melatonin and shift your circadian rhythm. Hereís how to influence your exposure to light:

A bright sunny day always helps. The closer to the time you get up, the better. Have your coffee outside, for example, or eat breakfast by a sunny window. The light on your face will help you wake up.

Let as much natural light into your home as possible. Keep curtains and blinds open during the day, and try to move your bedroom desk closer to the window.

Soak into bright sunlight in the morning. The closer to the time you get up, the better. Have your coffee outside, for example, or eat breakfast by a sunny window. The light on your face will help you wake up.

Say no to late night telly. Not only does the light from a TV suppress melatonin, but many programs are stimulating rather than relaxing. Try listening to music or audio books instead. A book at bedtimes always helps relax out. Soon, sleep finds us.

Time to sleep? Make sure the room is dark. Use heavy curtains or shades to block light from windows, or try a sleep mask. Also consider covering up electronics that emit light.

Keep the lights down if you get up during the night. If you need some light to move around safely, try installing a dim nightlight in the hall or bathroom or using a small flashlight. This will make it easier for you to nod off.

Self-care is Priority-One (1).

Be specially vigilant in washing your hands even after handling postal mail, parcels, carton deliveries etc. After opening, spray your hands and the scissors with a hand sanitizer, then when your hands are dry, moisturize them with a good hand soap by washing off the harsh sanitizer from reddening your hands. This comes so 2nd nature to me that I've since lost the anxiety that used to pervade my senses about keeping my hands clean and touching my face

Self-Care (2).

Using pencil in a notebook or journal is so pleasureful because unlike pens, graphite pencils glide across paper in a silky, mood-lifting way. Or start a jigsaw puzzle. Or a favourite fountain pen. Making scrapbooks is helpful when sticking 'Instaprints' with a cheapie camera, like the old Polaroids. Add in newspaper cuttings, cut out colour pictures of sunsets from glossy magazines.

Or how about and watching You Tube. Such as the adorable Emily Cricket talking to us about her 'happiness box' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xovSuFsi7q4&t=1s

I particularly like her Nerf Gun!

Opportunity Knocks!

Or start a project. Such as reordering a room in the house. I started making a new bathroom for Maman. After fitting a bath and some nice lush toe-pleasing carpet, I decided with Sis to properly tidy up our closet. With clothes everywhere, it resembled a war zone. I bought Marie Kondo's book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, namely our collected knick-knacks, general clutter and misplaced well-loved possessions. For inspiration I watched Emily Cricket's video Starting Konmari (approximately 3 minutes).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cesHJmQ14Y4

Being Kind and Caring to others, like doing errands from shops for your neighbour. It is more than likely that some of your friends or family are feeling the same way. Talking to them helps opening up about their worries can make a huge difference to how youíre feeling.

Still Feeling Anxious?

Talk to your doctor because it will really help. A telephone consolation could be just what you need to reassure you. Whether itís private or through the NHS, counseling can be extremely effective in combating anxiety.

In the UK:

ChildLine : 0800 1111

Runaway Helpline : 116 000

Samaritans : 08457 90 90 90

Mind offers advice and support to people with mental health problems. Their helpline runs nine to six from Monday to Friday. 0300 123 3393

OCD Action run an online community where you can chat to other people with OCD as well as a phone line 0845 390 6232

AnxietyUK run helplines, email support, live chats and therapy services for people with anxiety disorders. 08444 775 774




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Quoting cartoonist Charlie Mackesy: "I think we should, at Christmas, just raise a glass to how we've weathered it. And I think just don't give up and remember that the storms ends, and it will end."

Absolutely! Let us keep reminding ourselves that - This Will Pass.
   
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Re: Article: How To Handle Coronavirus - December 19th 2020, 08:41 PM

This the latest Government advice for the UK referenced from BBC News tonight: BBC News UK

UK Government Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19.

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Tier 4 regions: STAY AT HOME.
Reference: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-4-stay-at-home



Obviously I can not speak for those in other countries, but if you have up-to-date lawful advice from your country's Government, please share appropriate links so that all of us can continue receiving ongoing advice.

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