Check out what Ida, 15, has been getting up to and what her top tips for coping during lockdown are.
Being stuck at home for weeks and not seeing friends or doing normal activities can be frustrating and upsetting. My family and I are doing lots of things that help us cope and get on with each other (most of the time!).
My top 5 lockdown tips!
1) Create a routine
As a deaf young person, routine helps me understand what is happening and means I can get involved in events. It helps me be more productive too. It means I have reason to get up in the morning!
Here’s my lockdown routine:
Morning: I get out of bed at 8am and I start my school work at 9am.
Afternoon: I have lunch then do some exercise.
Trying to maintain some consistency will benefit you in the future. Going back to school won’t be such a shock!
2) Try new things
Use your time at home wisely. I’m sure everyone’s been bored and is unsure of what to do.
Balancing work is super important. You can be productive but also have fun!
I’ve been busy gardening and helping my parents with some DIY around the house. Being at home is the perfect opportunity to give your bedroom some love too – even if it’s just hoovering or sorting your clothes. You’ll feel much better afterwards!
Make the most of your daily exercise. You could combine it with walking the dog or spending time with your family. Whatever you do that gets you outside is fine!
Having spare time is a great opportunity to start a sport like running or cycling too. My family have all started to run more.
I’ve also started to workout at home. I hadn’t done this before.
There are lots of programmes on YouTube, such as:
• Natacha Océane
• Aztec Athletics
These are great for athletes or beginners and the majority of them are free!
They’re also visually cued and some are subtitled. This works well for me as I don’t have to rely on listening to instructions.
4) Make time for downtime and relaxation
Take time each day to relax and do something you enjoy.
It can be tricky to find somewhere quiet to escape to. Going to bed earlier to read or going for a walk can provide you with much needed space.
Some books I’ve enjoyed include:
• ‘The Dry’ by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman
• ‘We were liars’ by E. Lockhart
• ‘Deeplight’ by Frances Hardinge – this was collaborated on by the last Young People’s Advisory Board. It features a deaf character that I helped develop. It’s a great read – have a look for my name in the back!
5) Stay in touch with family and friends
Now is a great time to think outside the box – little things can make a huge difference to someone.
It can be tricky for me to use apps like FaceTime or Zoom because the sound quality can make it hard to understand. However, there are dozens of deaf-friendly ways to stay in touch with loved ones. You can use email, messaging or social media.
I’ve been posting letters to a friend over the last few weeks. We send photos, pressed flowers and craft projects. We’re also having the longest game of noughts and crosses ever (we each make a move then post it back)!
It’s rewarding to think creatively and see how you can entertain each other!
It’s normal to feel upset or anxious about what’s going on at the moment. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and you will be able to draw some silver linings to brighten a dark sky.
Ida, 15, was on the NDCS Young Peoples Advisory Board