If you are a young person now spending a lot of time at home, you might be worried about not spending time with your friends, losing time to prepare for exams or coping with family arguments. Whatever your situation, ChildLine are always available to support you. Here are some things you can do to make things easier:
Talk to people
- You might not be able to speak to all the people you normally turn to for support. But it can help to talk to people at home, your friends online or to Childline. Talking about what’s happening and how you’re feeling can help you realise you’re not alone.
Make time for yourself
· Take time every day to do something that helps you to feel good or proud. If you’re not sure what to do, use the Calm Zone for ideas and tools to help you relax.
· Being stuck at home can be boring and stressful sometimes, especially if you don’t get on with your family. Staying busy with things like schoolwork or hobbies can help you cope.
Look after your health
· Try to exercise if you can, and make sure you’re eating healthily and getting plenty of sleep.
Ask questions when you’re not sure
· Whether you’re worried about how to see the GP, what’s going to happen in your exams or anything else it’s important to ask an adult you trust about what you can do. If you normally get support and it’s ending, it can help to ask about what else you can do while you’re off.
Make a routine
· Having time off can be great for a few days, but after a while it can have a big effect on your mood or things like your sleep. Doing things like setting an alarm in the morning and keeping to a routine can help you to take care of yourself.