Find out more about coronavirus and why you might feel this way...
Coronavirus has brought up a lot of uncertainty for everyone. It’s no surprise that lots of people are feeling stressed, anxious, sad, lonely and worried about the future. In times like these, it’s more important than ever to look after our wellbeing.
This is a big change in your life. It’s normal to feel scared. There are many reasons that could be contributing to you feeling down. You may ask yourself these questions to find out why:
We have included some helpful information below from different services which we think could help...
It’s normal for your anxiety to be higher than usual during these uncertain times. If you’re struggling with anxiety you could try these links:
For breathing exercises, yoga and games to help you relax click here
For tips for coping with covid-19 anxiety click here
To find out what do if you’re having a panic attack click here
You can also try our module on anxiety here
The news around the virus can be overwhelming but it’s easy to get sucked into refreshing for updates.
If reading the news is making you stressed, you can try some of these tips:
Whilst social media is a great way to connect with friends, it can also be full of scary news. For tips of looking after your mental health on social media click here
For a reliable source of news, check out bbc newsround here
For up to date health information check the NHS website here
It’s ok not to feel ok. It’s important that you treat yourself with kindness. Self-care can mean different things for different people.
For inspiration and ideas for self-care when you’re feeling down click here.
There are loads of apps out there that can be useful to your wellbeing. You might want to try some of the apps below:
Our volunteers have put together some tips for if you're distancing from your significant other or if you're isolating together.
Are you social distancing from your significant other? Or maybe you’re living together and finding the close quarters to be a rollercoaster.
With the help of our wonderful Right Here volunteers Mena and Giada, we’ve put together some helpful tips on how to keep your not-so-long distance relationship healthy and exciting! As well as advice on what to do if you are isolating together.
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Use ‘I’ statements to voice your needs as opposed to ‘you’ statements to explain what your partner needs to do or change.
Make plans with your partner for after the Pandemic is over. It’s important to accept the reality, but also acknowledge this is not permanent. Planning can help keep you positive and motivated to stay safe.
Do your best and thank each other for being willing to make an effort. Tell your partner: “I see all the work you’ve been doing. Thank you.” As challenging as everything is at this time, there’s also a lot to be grateful for. Try to share a few things you’re grateful for every few days.
For those of you who have recently shifted from an in-person to an online relationship, the good news is you are not alone + it will pass! So be creative, be curious and start getting to know your other half on a whole different level.
Congratulations! In the middle of a global pandemic, you have found another human being you would like to get to know better! Or perhaps you are already in a solid relationship but don't live with your other half?
There is one common problem: you can't or shouldn't actually meet them for an in-person date right now.
Fear not! Long-distance dating doesn't have to be boring. Here are our top 5 ideas for fun and exciting virtual dates that involve more than just staring at each other on zoom.
They say the way to a person’s heart is through their stomach so why don’t you get (virtually) creative in the kitchen together.
Living with your partner can be hard in the best of times. The stress of the pandemic combined with being in a limited space and not getting to see other friends, you might be finding your relationship harder to navigate. With the help of our volunteers, we’ve put together some tips for living together during the lockdown.
Living together means you’re most likely spending a lot of time together. BUT are you carving out time for dates? Check out this list of 5 date ideas that you can do from the comfort of your home.
The other day, my friend texted me "How's it going?". I repeated the usual line "blah blah blah so done with this lock down, can't wait to blah blah blah". Then she asked me something I though at the time was hilarious "have you and your boyfriend gone on a date lately?"
"What? No!" I texted her back and then I laughed. "Why not?" My friend texted back "Will and I had a really nice at-home date the other night!"
Honestly the first thought I had was "you know what the a great date would be? Once we have dinner, he goes to one side of the house and I go to the other for a full hour of blissful silence".
But then I recognised I love a date night and they make me feel closer to my partner, like we are a team! They can be a break from everything else going on in life and sort things right out when we have just had a silly argument!
if you're too quarantined with your loved one, here are some fun and exciting stay-at-home date ideas to spice things up!
Who doesn’t love getting silly with a good old fashioned karaoke?
It’s important to look after your sexual health even during the lockdown. Here is some advice on how to keep safe during Covid-19.
For now, we have to be creative and explore new ways to achieve sexual pleasure. Why not try masturbation? It reduces stress, helps you sleep better, strengthens your immune system and boosts your confidence.
Social distancing guidelines apply to sexual contact too.
You can instant message or talk to your partner on the phone but remember: DON'T do anything that makes you feel uncomfortable or doesn't feel right.
If you are scared at home call Childline: 08001111 or if you are in danger call: 999
Social Media is a great way to stay connected with family and loved ones but be careful, adjust your privacy settings and only talk to people you know and trust. Click here for more info on online safety.
Condoms are the only form of contraception that will also protect you from STIs. It is advised that you use them to protect both yourself and your partner.
The C-Card scheme provides under 25s with free condoms, lube and femidoms across the city. The C-card packs are still available from pharmacy outlets. They are also posting a selection pack of condoms and lube in discreet packaging for free! Email on email@example.com or ring them on 01273 523388 with your c-card code and address.
For more info on the c-card scheme click here.
If you are on the pill, make sure you have enough to last you a few weeks. If you need more, contact the place you usually get them from or seek advice at Sexual Health & Contraception services (SHAC) here.
If you need emergency contraception, it’s important not to delay. Although often called the morning after pill, they can be taken up to 5 days after having unprotected sex. But it’s recommended that you take it as soon as possible to increase effectiveness.
For more advice visit SHAC website here or call them on 01273 523388.