Youth and Family Services are available to support young people during the Coronavirus (COVID-19). It is not unusual to be feeling stressed, worried, anxious or even bored during this time.

Whether you’re looking for things to do while self-isolating, or are needing some extra support, we are here to help you.

Check out this page for heaps of free online resources, activities and tips to help keep you happy and healthy while you are self-isolating at home.

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We will continue to update this portal so please contact us at youthservices@cgd.vic.gov.au to let us know your suggestions and what you would like to see us include. To keep up to date, follow Greater Dandenong Youth Services on Facebook and Instagram.

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10 simple ideas and activities for young people
Nothing to do? Shayne Hood has got you sorted with these ten videos featuring tips and activities for you to try out during COVID-19 lockdown. It includes a poster and planner that you can download and print for yourself.

PE with Joe
Looking for some workout inspiration? PE with Joe is offering free 30-minute exercise classes. Tune in daily from the comfort of your living room.

Want to add some excitement to your exercise routine? This free app allows you to escape from zombies while getting active! Walk, run or ride anywhere in the world. Hear your mission and music through your headphones. If you’re chased by zombies, you’ll have to speed up!

4 Ingredient Recipes
Don’t always have a lot of ingredients at home? Want to cook something quick and easy? Check out the link below for heaps of tasty 4 ingredient recipes.

Jamie Oliver - Keep Cooking and Carry On
Check out Jamie Oliver's new show dedicated to cooking during COVID-19. There’s heaps of easy-to-follow recipes, with simple alternatives to swap ingredients if you’re missing anything.

Resources for young people experiencing family violence during COVID-19
COVID-19 may mean that there’s an increased risk of family violence in some homes. If you, or someone you know, is affected by family violence, it’s important to remember that you are allowed to leave your home to find safety and seek help. Click the link below to access YACVic’s guide for young people experiencing family violence. If you are in immediate danger, call 000. 

Look after your physical and mental health

With social distancing, you are more likely to feel isolated and lonelier than usual. It is crucial that you try and find ways to maintain a healthy routine for your physical and mental health by:

  • Staying active
  • Eating and sleeping well
  • Maintaining social connections 

Headspace has created a useful toolkit for maintaining a healthy headspace and coping with stress related to COVID-19.

BeyondBlue has also created a great resource on keeping active and looking after your mental health during COVID-19.

Regulating your media exposure

Being exposed to lots of negative information can heighten feelings of anxiety. While it’s important to stay informed, you might find it useful to take a break from the news and limit your media exposure.
It’s also important to get accurate information from reliable sources. This will also help you maintain perspective and feel more in control. We recommend these sources:

Mindfulness and Meditation

Mindfulness is when we are fully present in the moment – focused on the task we’re doing, free from distraction or judgment. It helps us to relax and regulate emotions, and can reduce worries, stress and anxiety.
There are lots of different ways that you can practice mindfulness. Some people like to meditate, while others like to write in a journal, colour in, or exercise instead.

Not sure where to start? We recommend trying out Smiling Mind – a free app that guides you through daily meditation and mindfulness exercises.

Check out this video Smiling Mind created about how to practice mindfulness.

Breathing exercises
One of the easiest – yet most effective – ways to practice mindfulness is by focusing on your breathing.  Slow, deep breathing is great for calming ourselves and focusing on the present.
There are guided breathing and relaxation exercises on the below websites:

Or check out this video courtesy of Headspace.

Gratitude is the practice of reflecting on the things that we are thankful for. Appreciating the good things in our life can help us to cope through tough times and can boost our mood.
Practising gratitude is easy and doesn’t take much time. Try these ideas and see what works best for you:

  • Keep a gratitude journal. Take five minutes each day to think of and write down three things that have happened that you’re glad you experienced.
  • Take pictures. Set yourself a mission to photograph little things in your everyday life that make you smile.
  • Tell someone you’re grateful to have them in your life. Whether you write a letter, send a message or make a phone call, take the time to tell someone that you appreciate them.

You don’t have to think up a whole bunch of really significant things in order to be grateful. You can be grateful for the smallest things, such as the sunshine, your morning coffee, or the fact that you made it to your train on time.

To find out more:

For further information, please contact Youth and Family Services on:

Phone: 9793 2155
Email: youthservices@cgd.vic.gov.au
Facebook: cgdyouthservices
Instagram: greaterdandenongyouthservices