• Daybreak Team

8 Tips for Teens during COVID-19 and Spring Break

Updated: Jul 12

As COVID-19 spreads through the Bay Area, a lot of teens are facing a different kind of Spring Break. What this means for many of us: no school, no extracurriculars, no sports, and a LOT of family time.


With this article, we’re hoping to provide a few tips for simple things you can do to keep well. If these are helpful please share, or comment below if you have more tips - we'll keep this post updated in the coming weeks!


1. Maintain connection with friends: just because school is out, doesn’t mean you can’t maintain connections with your friends. You’ll just have to get a little more creative than usual. And try not to have this happen all over social media. Try FaceTime, Zoom, or Google Hangouts for a great way to get face to face time with your friends over the break.


2. Create a new routine: you’ll no longer have the class bells to keep you going from class to class, and your schedule might look completely different, but developing a routine will help you stay sane. Figure out what time you want to get up and how you are going to structure your days. Resist the urge to stay up all night watching TV! And let your family know - this will help them accommodate your routine.


3. Use your extra time with purpose: speaking of which, you will have a lot more unstructured free time over the next few weeks.. Think about how you can use that time in a way that will make you happy. Maybe pick up an old hobby, or start a new one. Grab a book or spend time with your siblings. Whatever you choose - think about this as an opportunity to grow!


4. Practice easy and enjoyable stress reduction techniques: higher levels of anxiety may arise at home, and that would be completely natural in this time of increased uncertainty and a lot of family time. There are simple and easy practices you can use to reset and help get your yourself centered and calm — see some of them here


5. Reduce distractions: at home all day, it is much easier to get distracted. Maybe your dog is begging to be played with, maybe Snap is blowing up, or maybe the fridge is just begging to be checked for snacks. Whatever it is, be assured that distractions will arise. Try to set aside certain times you will allow yourself to be distracted, and certain times you will focus. Maybe that means within one hour you’ll focus for 45 minutes and allow the other 15 to be free. Whatever you choose, try to create that separation.


6. Create a physical space for yourself: it will be easy to feel cramped at home, and it may feel impossible to create your own space. But try to create a space you can retreat to for a few minutes - even if the space is in your room or outside the house. This will help create a bit of physical space, which will translate to a mental breather.


7. Get outside and play! Speaking of physical space, remember that your body needs movement, fresh air, and sun to keep your brain happy! Get up and outside (in safe zones) — go for a walk, go for a run, throw a ball around, or even just sit and enjoy nature by taking some deep breaths.


8. Connect with the Daybreak community: whether it’s texting with your counselor or joining a group session with peers, the Daybreak community is here for you in this time. Reach out to us or shoot us a text at 415-992-6155 to chat with someone today.


We hope these were helpful, and we’ll keep this list updated over the coming weeks as new tips come in from the community, so please add a comment below with what has worked for you!

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