Last updated 30/03/2020 at 09:56. This article is also available in Gaelic - Leugh am fiosrachadh seo sa Ghàidhlig.
Things that are happening in the world around us can make us feel scared, unhappy or worried. Lots of people are talking about COVID-19 or coronavirus at the moment and this can make us feel all of these feelings and more. You’re not alone. A lot of people will be feeling this way right now, but there are some small things you can do to help you feel more positive and to help you look after yourself and others in your community.
Keep in touch with friends and family
If you’re having to stay at home or not hang out with your friends or family as much as you normally would, there are other ways to keep in touch. Whether it’s picking up the phone, having a dinner date by video, having a morning group call with your friends or sending voice notes over WhatsApp – there are lots of ways to communicate with your friends and family so you can keep in touch and not feel alone.
Remember not everything online is true
There is lots of news out there and while most people online are well meaning, not all of the information you come across online is true. Keep to official news sources and find out the most up to date information about what’s happening in Scotland through the Scottish Government COVID-19 webpage.
Remember that it’s fine to not check the news or scroll through endless updates each day. Take some time out and put your phone down for a while. Have a look at our #PowerPause campaign for ideas on how to take a break from your screen.
If you’re not able to get outside in the fresh air as much as you’d like, think about how you can exercise at home. Whether it’s getting active by watching some YouTube videos, a homemade circuit session in your garden or some at home yoga – there are lots of different ways to keep active.
…but also make time to relax
It’s also important to make time to relax and switch off from the world around us. People relax in different ways. It could be reading a book, having a cuddle with your pet, doing some colouring in or some meditation or relaxation exercises.
Not sure what relaxation exercises are? Take a look at our simple guide.
Have some fun
Being happy and having fun in a time of crisis might not feel right, but it’s important that we still have a laugh and do fun activities. You could play a fun game with your friends online, watch a comedy or dance around the living room to your favourite song.
When there’s a crisis, it’s good to remember that people often come together to support each other and help others out. And there’s already lots of great examples of this happening. Like a small corner shop in Falkirk who is giving out free kits to local older people who are more at risk, people writing postcards to older people who might be feeling more lonely, or the #ViralKindness campaign, where you can let people in your community know how you could support them.
Doing this in your community is an important way to help others and also feel like you’re making a difference, which can help you feel positive. You might be able to help a neighbour get shopping, donate to a charity or give to a local foodbank – see what might help in your community by looking at local news websites, local charities or Facebook groups.
On 30th March, the Scotland Cares campaign was launched to encourage people to volunteer during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Find out more.
Ask for help
If you’re unsure or worried about anything, remember it’s okay to ask for help and talk to a parent, friend, teacher or another person you trust. Talking about how you feel can be difficult. We have some information on different ways you can ask for help that you might find useful if you’re not sure what to do.
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More information from Young Scot on Coronavirus (COVID-19)