Keeping well during COVID-19

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Staying at home and not being able to see friends and family can be tough. But don’t worry, the Y is here to help!  

In this article, we’re sharing a range of resources on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing, stay social, and keep fit and active! We also have a variety of activities to keep you entertained and productive at home during COVID-19. 

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing 

Right now, we are all experiencing a higher level of anxiety and stress than normal. The COVID-19 pandemic is not only physically infecting millions of people around the world, but it’s also putting a strain on the world’s economy. The repercussions of this situation are like nothing many of us have seen in our lifetimes.  

So it’s normal for us to feel worriedIt’s important to recognise this, and in turn, make sure that we take care of our mental health. 

Having trouble remaining calm or sleepingWhy not try using Headspace, meditation app? No matter your age or physical ability, everyone can benefit from meditation. 

Our friends at YMCA NSW have also created a variety of useful blogs on wellbeing that we’d recommend reading, as well as ‘The experts on how to take care of your mental health during COVID-19' by the Foundation for Young Australians. 

Keep fit and active 

Self-isolating at home means staying fit and active is more important than ever to build a strong immune system and stay healthy. Not only that, regular physical activity is proven to combat stress and provide mental health benefits. 

To support our valued customers and members in staying active without access to gyms and recreational facilities, we’ve teamed up with global group fitness experts LES MILLS to provide you with unlimited, complimentary access to LES MILLS On Demand service. 

And our friends at YMCA Canada have created Y-Thrive, a hub on online fitness and wellbeing videos for you to try out for free! 

How to stay social 

While the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the mental wellbeing of our communities is still unfolding, we think it’s more important than ever to stay connected and engaged throughout this time. As the oldest youth organisation in the world, we still want to celebrate young people. 

That’s why we are hosting Y-Solation Fridays! 

Y-Solation is a series of Facebook livestreams by young people for young people. The livestreams will be positive and fun, ensuring young people have the opportunity to connect with one another throughout this particularly difficult period. During the livestreams, people of all ages are welcome to join in, ask questions and share ideas. 

We’ve had cooking sessions, triviayogaan art session and tonight (Friday 8 May) at 6pm our staff member Nick will be creating some music!  

Join our Facebook page to take part in Y-Solation. 

Activities to keep you entertained at home 

This time is an opportunity to discover a new activity or hobby. Whether you’re a novice in the kitchen or a MasterChef, why not try out these delicious recipes? 

We’re are also offering a variety of youth programs online, from life skills sessions, to practising public speaking, DIY, learning how to podcast, or having fun with karaoke. Check out the online programs on offer by Latrobe Youth Space and YMCA Peninsula Youth Services. 

If you’ve got children at homeYMCA Children’s Programs have a variety of learning from home resources you can access. The kids will also love our ‘Swimming Lessons at Home’ activity books (volume 1 and volume 2). 

 And finally, after all that, why not take a break and have a coffee whilst catching-up on the latest edition of YMCA Victoria’s Healthy Living Magazine! 

 Stay safe and healthy.