The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly impacted everyone’s well-being, and research shows that many teens are struggling with symptoms of depression and anxiety during this time. Practicing routine self-care can mitigate some of the difficulties affecting young people.
Stay Connected to Support
Isolation can be a risk factor for exacerbated mental health problems. It’s important to be creative and open-minded in finding new ways to stay connected. Whether it’s group-texting friends or FaceTiming a therapist each week, it’s important to feel validated and understood by others.
Maintain a Routine
Research shows that we naturally thrive with structure. Unfortunately, the pandemic has disrupted many normal schedules, but it’s still important to try to follow a routine each day. That means waking up around the same time every day, exercising consistently, doing your homework every afternoon, and going to bed around the same time at night.
Practice Relaxation Techniques
Most people feel stressed right now, but holding onto stress can make you feel even more depressed or anxious. Instead, try to incorporate relaxation techniques like deep breathing, meditating, or listening to your favorite music.
Focus on Gratitude
During these challenging times, it’s helpful to try to keep things in perspective. Each night, identify the three best things that happened that day. Don’t overlook the small treasures!
Getting the Help You Need
If you are struggling during this time, professional guidance can help. At Idaho Youth Ranch, we provide numerous mental health services, including TeleMental Health, to our clients. Reach out today to schedule a consultation.