Youth Leader Lauren has written the below offering tips and advice based off her own experience.
“During isolation I’ve been trying to look after my mental health as much as possible. I’ve been at home for nearly 3 weeks now and it’s looking likely it will remain until the end of June. I’m lucky as I have a big family at home and good friends who have been checking up on me. I know that won’t be the case for many people who have been alone during these difficult times and struggling with mental health problems. My advice would be to speak to family and friends over the phone or on social media if possible. There is also helplines that you call and professionals you can live chat. Just having a normal conversation with different people and talking about how you feel will make you feel better about yourself.
I’ve been using this period to do different things. My 4 year old niece is currently staying with us so she’s keeping me very busy! We have been baking cakes and playing plenty of football in the garden. I’ve also been taking this time to carry on with my football coaching. I’ve been researching plenty of things about this, in particular women’s coaching and have learnt a lot of things. I have an idea of what I want to do next in relation to my sports coaching once these times are over.