Tips for LGBTQIA* teens

23 April 2020

Things are rough right now. You’re out of school, away from friends and your support networks. This can be particularly tough when you’re gender or sexuality diverse and maybe in isolation with people who aren’t as supportive as your peer networks.Daily rituals LGBTIQA+ images graphics

It’s important at times like this to remember that there are supports out there. Places like Minus18 and QLife provide resources specifically for LGBTQIA* people, and there’s also Kids Helpline and Beyond Blue if you need some extra help.

But do you know who your best support person is? You! That’s right, there’s a bunch of stuff you can do to help yourself.

According to our Youth Engagement team, the best things you can do for yourself right now are:

Routine, routine, routine!

Without the strict regime of class times, it can be easy to let things go, but that doesn’t help anyone. Set yourself a regular routine and stick to it. At the end of this blog, we’ve got 30 ideas of things to schedule into your routine. Consider making a checklist of things you need to do that you can cross off through the day.

Practice self-care and self-soothing

Read a book that you have wanted to for ages, colour something in, start learning a new skill—whatever works, actively do something for you.

Connect with online services

Our A-Z group is a social support group for gender and sexuality diverse young people and allies between the ages of 12 and 25. We meet on Tuesdays from 3.30 to 4.30pm, now through Microsoft Teams. If you want to join us, email youth@ywca-canberra.org.au.

Connect with family and friends

Whether it’s through FaceTime, Zoom, Facebook Messenger, House Party or any other app of your choice, schedule in some time to chat and keep your social connections going.

Keep active

You can still go for a walk or bike ride, as long as you stay at least 1.5 metres away from people and don’t go in a group. There are lots of great walking paths and bike trails through Canberra. Maybe you can find a new one near you?

Celebrate yourself and your friends

Did you manage to learn a new skill? Or did a friend finally get around to doing something they’ve been meaning to for ages? Celebrate that stuff! Nothing is too small.

Talk

If you’re feeling down, don’t keep it to yourself. We’re all in this situation together. Use the resources that are available, like Kids Helpline and Beyond Blue if you need someone outside your family and friends to talk to.

Make a playlist on Spotify and share it with a friend

Maybe start an isolation playlist? But something upbeat and fun (So maybe Antisocial by Ed Sheeran instead of Down with the Sickness by Disturbed. Too soon?)

30 simple daily ritual ideas

  1. Drink a glass of water when you get out of bed. Add some lemon or apple cider vinegar if you want to try something new!
  2. Make your bed.
  3. Have a shower or take a bath.
  4. Get dressed into clothes you love.
  5. Open windows/doors to let fresh air in.
  6. Prepare a healthy meal. Consider cooking something new.
  7. Do an online yoga practice or workout.
  8. Meditate, do mindfulness practises, or do a full-body relaxation.
  9. Have a virtual coffee date with loved ones.
  10. Read a book.
  11. Clean a room in your house.
  12. Journal.
  13. Learn something new: take an online course, or create or attend a skill share zoom chat.
  14. Attend an online social gathering.
  15. Play a game, or do a puzzle or a brain game.
  16. Water and tend to your garden or indoor plants.
  17. Go for a walk or a bike ride.
  18. Spend quality time playing with pets.
  19. Try out a new beauty ritual or self-grooming.
  20. Get some sun.
  21. Eat your meals technology free.
  22. Listen to an audio book or podcast.
  23. Have a herbal tea.
  24. Do positive affirmations.
  25. Watch an inspirational movie/tv show or documentary.
  26. Do some arts or craft.
  27. Create a vision board.
  28. Find and do an online daily challenge.
  29. Eat a piece of fruit.
  30. Have an online dance party.

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