So you don’t go stir crazy:
Coronavirus survival tips
What you can do against stress:
- Be aware of what is going on inside you: First and foremost, pay attention to yourself by taking your emotions, feelings and thoughts seriously. Ask yourself why are you sad, scared or angry right now? Acknowledge the negative feelings and reinforce the positive ones. You can do this by focusing your attention on positive thoughts, experiences and activities. For example, take a look at the photos from your last holiday.
- Confide: Have the courage to tell your parents, siblings or friends how you feel and what you need (e.g. time with your family, closeness, affection, space, peace). It can also help to write down emerging feelings and thoughts to get them out of your head.
- Be mindful of your boundaries:Let those around you know that you need a moment for yourself right now.
- Say STOP when you feel pressured, restricted, irritated or uneasy. Conversely: respect the boundaries of others as well!
- Exercise: Make sure you get enough exercise, for example by going for a walk. . Exercise also strengthens your stamina and keeps you healthy. Especially if you notice that something is bothering you a lot, you should gather up strength to actively do something. You can also do sports in the privacy of your home (there are many videos on YouTube).
- Relaxation: When you are not feeling well, it is important to engage in conscious relaxation in addition to exercise. Meditation or breathing exercises are good for this. You can find suggestions either on the internet or by contacting me. Maybe you can also think of what relaxed you so in the past? Listening to music, cooking, baking, taking a hot bath, painting? Are there scents that calm you down? Perhaps the scent of cocoa or a certain fragrance oil?
Who can I ask for help?
Support line for sadness: Tel. 116 111
One option for children and young people who want to talk about their worries and get advice is the Support line for sadness “Nummer gegen Kummer”. You can always call there from Monday to Saturday between 2 pm and 8 pm. The number is free and you don’t have to say your name.
Online consultation at the “Nummer gegen Kummer”:
Children and youths who are currently unable to speak freely about their worries on the phone can also get help anonymously by e-mail or receive support via chat:
“Nummer gegen Kummer” hotline for parents: 0800 111 0 550
Telephone counselling at “Telefonseelsorge”:
0800 / 111 0 111
0800 / 111 0 222
Do something good for yourself
- Do something good for yourself:
- Listen to music, read an exciting book, paint & draw, make music.
- Host a games night with your family. Play party games, board games or card games.
- Think about what you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t had time for (e.g. teaching the dog tricks or baking your own dog treats, learning a new musical instrument).
- Many museums, concerts, theatre and cooking shows are currently provided free of charge. […]
- Write a post-Coronavirus fun to-do-list (e.g. celebrate a friend’s birthday properly or go to the cinema).