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Surviving Isolation
April 1, 2020

We are all currently living in uncertain times and a lot of us have had to completely change our day to day lives due to the recent Coronavirus outbreak.

At Silx we understand that this is probably very difficult for some of you and we want you to know we are doing everything we can to make the time spent in isolation a little easier. Workers are available throuhout the day via email, text, facebook and twitter and we have now also set up an Instagram account so you can follow us on there too! We are also holding ‘Youth sessions’ via Zoom twice a day too; 1pm for Employability (ages 16-25) and 6pm for Teen Bar (ages 11-19) so if you can join us on there that is a great way for you to catch up with staff and friends and get some support from us whilst Silx is closed.

We hope you are all looking after yourselves and we compiled a list of things you can do whilst you are in isolation:

  1. Catch up on revision and school work– we know some of you will no longer be sitting exams this summer but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be doing some work to keep your mind active, I’m sure your teachers will be keeping in contact with you so you have plenty to do.
  2. Read- It’s not every day you get to spend at home so why not dig out your old Harry Potter novels or find something new to explore, sometimes escaping into a good book is a great way to pass the time.
  3. Enjoy time with your loved ones- We are all spending more time than normal with our families, try and turn this awful time into a positive time by spending quality time with your families and loved ones.
  4. Exercise- The government have advised we can all leave our homes once a day to get some exercise, this is so important- fresh air and vitamin D are really good for giving us a boost, you could go for a walk, run or even ride your bike just remember to keep 2m away from other people. If you prefer to exercise indoors there are lots of videos on YouTube that you can do. Joe Wicks the body coach is doing live 30 minute workouts on his channel daily.
  5. Keep in touch with Friends Virtually- You can’t see your friends in person but why not keep in touch via video call, Facebook, Instagram and the favourite with all young people at the moment, TikTok. Just remember to stay safe and only speak to people you know and keep your profiles private.
  6. Attend Silx Virtual Youth Sessions- Silx workers will be live on Zoom daily at 1pm and 6pm why not join us every day for a catch up and to get some advice and guidance.
  7. Learn a new skill- Why not use this extra time to learn a new skill? Maybe there is something you have always fancied doing but never had the time? You could learn to bake, learn to cook or even learn a new language?
  8. Help out with chores- Now you are spending more time at home there is no excuse for not helping around the house whether this be washing, cleaning, cooking or gardening these are all great skills to have.
  9. Get creative- Why not paint a picture or draw something? Lots of people are posting pictures of rainbows in their windows to show we are all in this together you could do this or you could make a thank you poster for the front line workers and send it to us at Silx to help with as film we would like to make to thank those still going out to work to keep us safe.
  10. Watch a Box set or Film- Sometimes there is nothing better than binging on a box set or watching a good film there are plenty of series on Netflix and Disney+ are currently running a 7 day free trial.

We hope these tips and ideas are helpful. Stay at home and stay safe and hopefully it won’t be long until we are back to normal, just remember on those hard days to reach out to workers as we are here for you and remember we are all in this together!

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