Self-isolation: Grace’s story (age 15)

Last published 15 May 2020

This blog was written by Grace, Digital Health Ambassador for Partnership for Young London. It was first published on the Partnership for Young London website on 11 May 2020.

At the time of writing this we’ve been stuck in isolation for 5 weeks now, for me personally this time spent at home has made me realise what things are important to me. I have been concentrating on the friendships with people I have known for a long time. I have also been spending a lot of time with my family and ensuring I am a present at home. Although I miss my friends and other family members, I have discovered what it really feels like to take some time for myself. On top of school work and extracurricular activities I would be doing at school my life gets very busy. Whereas at home I have more time to concentrate on what I love.

I believe it is important at this time to count our blessings, and to be grateful for what we have. We have been told by our government to stay at home, not only for our own safety but also for the safety of others. As well as staying indoors, we have been granted one form of exercise a day outdoors. This is a time for us to be at one with nature, this also helps hugely with your mental health.

To carry with the theme of mental health. There are 5 main pillars for mental health, these are; connecting with other people, being physically active, learning new skills, giving to others and paying attention to the present moment. Personally I have tried to complete an activity within the 5 pillars for mental health each week; some of the things I have done are:

  1. Connecting with people: I have facetimed my friends and family.
  2. Being physically active: I have gone on short walks around my local area and completed the Joe Wicks workouts.
  3. Learning new skills: I have been trying to advance my photography skills (this is my main hobby recently).
  4. Giving to others: My sister and our family have been selling homemade cookies to family and friends to raise money for the NHS.
  5. Present moment: I have tried to take 10 minutes each day to remember what I am grateful for at this time and what I have to look forward to after lockdown.

As well as completing similar tasks, you can visit many websites such as; BBC Bitesize to find activities to do at home. Many celebrities are also taking part in small projects and entertaining us from home.

I hope this entry has helped you realise you are not alone; we’re all in this together, the end is coming we have to all be patient.

Remember to stay at home and look after your mental health as well as each other.

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