Practical tips to deal with self isolation for young people, by young people

Stay connected

Stay connected with friends and family. Facetime, Skype, WhatsApp or messenger pigeon - we know you know the deal.
  • Live chat with friends while watching your fave show or movie together.
  • Write something nice to a neighbour or local business owner. It'll make you both feel good.

Stimulate your brain

  • Now is the perfect time to experiment with new hobbies like cooking, crafts, playing an instrument, gardening. We suggest reading books, listening to podcasts or even colouring.
  • Check your local library's website for free access to a variety of eBooks and eAudiobooks.

Embrace alternatives

  • You can still do some of the things you love… just virtually. For example some musicians are live-streaming concerts (or even giving guitar lessons), you can virtually visit zoos or museums around the world and you can even go camping in your backyard if you have one.
  • Animal House live cams are addictive.

Be active

  • Keeping active helps get those endorphins pumping! Try exercise videos, stretching, backyard sports, dancing in your room, spring cleaning or simply remind yourself to regularly get up from your desk or couch.
  • Check out the Make Healthy Normal website for some simple workouts.

Maintain routine

  • A good routine can stop you from feeling a little lost. We recommend a basic routine to get you through the day and help keep you productive.
  • After a good night's sleep, kick your day off by setting some daily goals or tasks over a healthy breakfast.

Get cooking

  • Eating well is a great mood booster! Try out those culinary skills and aim to get as many colours on your plate as you can. Don't forget to make water your drink of choice.
  • A great place to find healthy and delicious recipes is the Make Healthy Normal website.

Be open

  • It's totally normal for you or those around you to feel anxious amid times like this. Tell people how you're feeling. Experts can assist if you or someone you know are struggling to cope.
  • Headspace, Lifeline and Kids Helpline are all available to provide online or phone support. Year 11 or 12 students can contact NESA for concerns about their HSC.

Things to avoid

  • Don't use alcohol or smoking to cope with stress. These have a negative impact on your physical and mental wellbeing. Also try avoid being on your device all day.
  • Too much info can make you anxious, especially if it isn’t true. Stick to reliable sources such as NSW Health, the Australian Government Coronavirus app or WhatsApp service.

Document information

Developed by

NSLHD Youth Health Promotion.


Developed by young people for young people, Youth Health Consultants employed by NSLHD Health Promotion.

Endorsed by

Dr Nigel Lyons, Deputy Secretary, Health System Strategy and Planning, NSW Ministry of Health.

Review by

  • Acute Paediatrics and Youth​ community of practice
  • Prof Rachel Skinner, Senior Clinical Advisor Youth Health and Wellbeing.

For use by

Public, young people, LHDs/SHNs.

Current as at: Wednesday 20 May 2020
Contact page owner: Health Protection NSW