The uncertainty of this global health crisis is hard and stressful, as information changes by the day. Here are some resources resources and suggestions for teens on how to take care of themselves and each other.
There’s a lot of information out there—especially on social media, and not all of it is factual. Be aware of where you’re getting your information and the credibility of those sources. When possible, look to the experts. For example, check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, Coronavirus Resource Center from Johns Hopkins University and Medicine and NPR’s A Comic Exploring Coronavirus.
During times of stress and uncertainty, it’s important to pay attention to your health and wellness. Yes, please wash your hands (!), and many of us are feeling a sense of frustration, anxiety, loss and/or disorientation because of the disruption in our normal schedules and absence of familiar activities and spaces. With events, programs and gatherings being canceled or postponed indefinitely, it’s OK to feel the feels.
Consider trying meditation or mindfulness to help calm and center yourself. Join the conversation about teen mental health on Here. Now. A Teen-Driven Mental Health Conversation. Looking for different ways to help the process? Apps like Headspace and Calm provide many convenient options right on your phone or tablet. Also, get up and move! Go for a walk or run, sit outside and get some fresh air or take a bike ride.
Check in on your friends. Connect with family members, trusted adults, clergy, youth professionals and close friends—and don’t be afraid to reach out if you have questions or need support.
Where and how can you share moments with friends? Gaming communities are growing and connect us in new ways while building in Minecraft or competing in e-sports. Pour or make a cup of your drink of choice and have a virtual “coffee date” with a friend over Zoom, Skype, FaceTime or another communication platform.
Sometimes we get tired spending time in the same places, doing the same stuff. How can we rearrange space (furniture layout) and add different elements (lighting, signage, etc.) to create a different experience?
Unless you’re making a TikTok, of course! Watch a movie together with your friends virtually on sites like twoseven or Kast, or download the extension Netflix Party on Google Chrome to start a watch party!
How do you want to spend your time at home while you are social distancing? Read that book you’ve been meaning to read (check out this free book site), complete that art project, clean your room, etc. Make time for self-care.