Mental health tips for young people with a caring role

Mental health tips for young people with a caring role

It's especially important to look after your mental health right now. Here you'll find some links and tips to help you manage your feelings under the lockdown.

Looking after your mental health

It’s perfectly normal to feel like things are a little chaotic at the moment but there’s lots that you can do to help you feel calmer and more in control.

If you’re a young person who also looks after someone else then you’re probably used to doing a bit more than some of your friends. But you might find that you need to be even more independent right now and that can be tough, especially when you’ve lost some of that support from school or college.

Although it’s natural to feel anxious about everything right now, there are lots of really simple, positive steps you can take which will help you feel a whole lot better…

And don’t forget that all our SYC teams are still working and we’re here if you need us 🙂

Drop us a line

Self care isn’t selfish

If you’re used to taking care of somebody else then you might not always put your needs first. That’s okay for a little while but if you keep forgetting to take care of you then there’s a chance you’ll end up ‘burning out’. There are some very basic things you can do, most of them you probably already know! It might seem boring but these simple things can have a BIG impact on how you feel:

Eat, Sleep, Hydrate, Rest

This is very straightforward and we all know we should do it, but if you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed then going back to the basics can definitely help.

  • Get your 5 a day
  • Get the sleep you need
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Rest – especially if you’re doing a lot for someone else
Breathe…

If you’re feeling a bit out of control and need a quick fix then taking 5 minutes to focus on your breathing can make a big difference. CAMHS recommend this video for some helpful breathing exercises.

Relax

This isn’t as easy as it sounds. Carers often feel anxious and relaxing isn’t always something that comes naturally. But help is at hand… sometimes guided meditations and mindfulness can help you unwind. Here’s a simple 3 minute meditation that’s worth trying.

Think Ninja

Think Ninja from Healios has a great selection of videos and a free downloadable app bursting with ideas and tips - definitely worth a visit!

Visit Think Ninja!

Other support

Obviously we're still here! Drop us a line at SYC@actionforcarers.org.uk or give us a call on 0303 040 1234 if you're having a hard day - we can definitely help.

But there are lots of other great organisations and people who would really like to help you feel better...

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Mindsight Surrey CAMHS

Mindsight Surrey CAMHS provide help and support to children and young people when they begin to feel emotionally or mentally unwell.

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YoungMinds

YoungMinds provides advice about mental health and behaviour problems in children and young people up to the age of 25.