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Self-care Tips From StarVista’s HAP-Y Youth

By OnYourMind.net Staff

OnYourMind.net partnered with HAP-Y (Health Ambassador Program-Youth) youth to ask about their self-care habits and tips during the COVD 19 shelter-in-place. Right now, it can feel extra hard to find things to do that care for our mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health. We asked the HAP-Y youth for one self-care activity they are doing right now, how they benefit from it, and advice they have for other teens struggling with self-care right now. Read on to discover what activities they are using to help manage their well-being and see if any resonate for you! 

What is one thing you are doing for self-care right now and how does it benefit you? 

“[I’m] blocking out time in my day to journal, workout, draw and play piano. It helps me make sure I don’t work non-stop and that I have some balance in my day.” 

Anna, 18 

“I am having a routine, so I have time to dedicate to self-care. I also am practicing mindfulness. Being organized helps me stay centered instead of overwhelmed. Mindfulness clears my mind and allows me to stay grounded and focused on the present.” 

Maddy, 19

“For self-care during shelter-in-place, I am doing a lot more watercolor art. Not necessarily working on a project or anything, just picking colors and watch them blend on the page. It’s very calming to make art without any specific intention or end product in mind. It gives me a chance to focus on myself without feeling pressure to make something that looks good and use art as a tool to unwind rather than something that gives me anxiety.” 

Lainey, 17

“Fishing. Clears my mind, it’s outside, ocean, high off dopamine when reeling in a fish,” * 

Preston, 17 

“I have started journaling things that I am grateful for. This helps me think of the positive things in my life and not just focusing on the negative things that are going on.” 

Praise, 18 

“I have been trying to do workouts in the mornings – whether it be going for a run, doing yoga, or just a simple body weight workout at home. I often try to work out outside, so it forces me to get out of the house and take in some fresh air. I also think that it helps me to keep a solid schedule; working out every morning helps me to start my day and get me going when I don’t have much else planned.” 

Alec, 17 

“I am doing a 20-minute workout every morning to keep myself active. This promotes blood circulation in my body and helps me have more energy for the rest of the day.” 

Alaa, 19 

*We would like to remind everyone to read and be aware of any restrictions around outside activities in their area during the shelter-in-place. San Mateo County’s shelter-in-place currently limits access to some outdoor areas. 

What is one piece of advice you would give to another teen who is struggling with self-care right now? 

“Do anything that makes you happy even if it means having an unproductive day!” 

Praise, 18 

“Know that it’s okay to be worried or stressed given our current conditions but try not to let that overtake your life. Instead give yourself time to relax and sit back whether that’s with a good book or a blank sheet of paper for art.” 

Anna, 18 

“Take 15-20 minutes each morning and do something that makes you forget everything except the exercise at hand. Examples can involve drawing, running, taking a walk, baking, or even as simple as redecorating.” 

Alaa, 19 

“It’s easy to not have a routine; however, it’s worth the effort to prioritize yourself and what you need.” 

Maddy, 19 

“I would say that it is important to stay in touch with your friends. I’ve been trying to work phone calls, FaceTimes, and video games with friends into a solid schedule so that I am forced to keep in touch with them – it’s easy to get lazy and forget if I don’t. For me, human contact is important to stay mentally well.” 

Alec, 17 

“To slow down. Take advantage of this free time and embrace it.” 

Preston, 17 

“What you do for self-care doesn’t have to be what everyone else is doing. As someone who doesn’t always connect with the beauty-centric concept of self-care being a bath bomb or a face mask, I’ve come to realize self-care isn’t just those things, but anything that makes you feel safe and comfortable. But that’s not to say that lighting a candle or doing a mask isn’t a bad idea, in fact, it’s a great place to start! 

Lainey, 17 

Responses may be lightly edited for syntax and grammar. 

While there are some awesome tips here, you may not have found something that works for you. For other self-care tips, apps, and activities, check out our Self-Care Resource Round-Up. And if trying out new self-care tips feels overwhelming, taking a break is also self-care! 
 

If you need to talk to someone now, our chat is open Monday-Thursday, 4:30pm to 9:30pm. Our hotline, 650 573 0350, is open 24/7. We are here to support you. 

What are some of your favorite self-care activities you can do during the shelter-in-place? Let us know in the comments below!

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