App of the Week – Week 3

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Hi everyone,

As we start transitioning back to school I thought I would recommend the Recharge app by Reach Out. For many of us, our sleep patterns might have changed given we haven’t had buses or trains to catch to school. The Recharge app involves a personalised 6-week program aimed at improving your general health and wellbeing by focusing on helping you to establish a good sleep/wake routine. We all know how important sleep is for learning, memory, mood and energy so now might be a good time to start to focus on improving your sleep as you ease back into schooling life.

Amanda

Week 2 = App of the week

MINDSHIFT

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MindShift™ is an app that uses scientifically proven strategies to help you learn to relax and be mindful, develop more effective ways of thinking, and use active steps to take charge of your anxiety. There are programs designed to help you manage worry, panic, perfectionism, social anxiety and phobias.

The app provides tools to help manage your thinking and behaviour, quick relief strategies, a thought journal, coping cards, belief experiments, tips to help you face your fears, strategies to expand your comfort zone, a chill zone, check-in, healthy habits and goal setting.

Y NSW Call a Youth Worker

The Y NSW has developed a COVID-19 specific support line. Please see the information below if you think this service could help you.

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The Y NSW Call a Youth Worker is a support line for young people 12-25 to access information about local services and support that can be accessed during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

One of our friendly Central Coast Youth Workers are able to assist with the following: 

·                 Referrals to other services 

·                 Information about support in your local area 

·                 Information about online activities to support your health & wellbeing 

·                 Questions you may have about school, financial hardship or accommodation 

There are a number of ways you can get in touch with us:

Hours of operation: Monday-Thursday 11am-3pm
Email: youth@ymcansw.org.au
Facebook: Y Space Central Coast 
Phone: 0409 658 302

Book an appointment online and the Central Coast team will call you back –  https://www.ymcansw.org.au/community-services/youth/call-a-youth-worker/

App of the Week

Hi everyone,

Welcome to Term 2. I hope you were all able to find some time to relax over the break and find unique ways to connect with family and friends.

This week the app I want to tell you about is called Gratitude Journal. The app was designed to help cope with anxiety and depression, improve mental health and bring a self-change. It allows the user to journal, record gratuity and read positive affirmations.

Looking forward to seeing you all again soon.

Take care,

Amanda

Relationships

Hi everyone,

Welcome to week 11! Matt’s sister in-law Olivia Shorten wrote this great article about relationships through COVID-19 and he asked me to share it with you. It has some helpful tips for managing relationships through self-isolation.

For anyone needing relationship support at this time Relationships Australia (1300 364 277) and 1800 Respect (1800 737 732) are there to help and both services have fantastic resources on their websites.

https://www.relationships.org.au/

https://www.1800respect.org.au/

What can I do?

Hands up if you are finding it hard to find things to do at home in your spare time. It can be tricky to keep yourself entertained and your mind and body active whilst physically distancing to keep yourself and others safe. With the holidays fast approaching you might find it even more difficult to fill your time. Here is a list of activities that you could try to keep you mind and body fit and healthy over the Easter break.

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Out of Control?

Everyday we are faced with difficult news which is not being balanced with as much positive news. We aren’t really reading about the number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 or the kindness being shown in the community. It is normal to feel worried and scared in these challenging times. Some of our basic needs for connection, and safety are being threatened. We are all familiar with the feeling of worry, the bodily sensations (tight chest, upset stomach, tight muscles etc) that alert us to the fact that something is wrong and we can’t think of a way to fix it. Humans don’t tend to tolerate uncertainty very well; it causes us discomfort in our bodies and in our minds. Right now, our world feels very uncertain and we are all feeling different levels of discomfort. 

When we feel like we are losing control we can tend to spend our time focussed on thinking and worrying about things that we can’t control. Consider this, if you spent every single minute of your lifeC from the time you were born until now worrying about the weather, would you have been able to change it? Not a chance. And imagine all that time and energy you would have wasted! 

Thankfully, there are certain things about our current situation that we can control.  If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed by some of the things outside of your control, then try and refocus your time and energy on things that you can control. Ask yourself ‘What can I control?’ or ‘What can I let go.’ Recognizing and turning your focus away from things you can’t control is comforting and allows you to determine a course of action within your control. It can also interrupt the worry cycle that we can let ourselves get into when we are faced with uncertainty. Here are some ideas about things that are in and out of your control…