Six ways to boost your wellbeing

Tips and ideas for young people feeling stressed and coping with change.

Coping with change and stress

Try these quick tips and tricks to boost your wellbeing. They can help you to cope with stress and change, build confidence and self-esteem, and build meaningful connections

If you or someone you know is really struggling, speak to a doctor. Find out more about stress and anxiety on the NHS website.

Red Number 1Be kind to yourself

When we’re struggling with our wellbeing, this can affect our self-esteem. We might even feel like we’re not worth knowing. That's not true - we all deserve friendship and kindness. First, be kind to yourself. Think of one thing you like about yourself.

Try to treat yourself as you would treat a friend, family member or a loved one, or anyone else you really care about.

Red Number 2Breathing with colour

Sometimes things can feel too much and we need to clear our minds to de-stress. Try the breathing with colour exercise, or other mindfulness breathing exercises.


  1. Picture a colour you associate with happy, positive thoughts.
  2. Now picture another for not so positive thoughts.
  3. Take a slow breath in and picture breathing in the positive colour. Imagine the breath is reaching your fingers and toes.
  4. Take a slow breath out and imagine you're breathing out the negative colour. Blow it far away from you.
  5. Repeat this exercise a few times. Does it help? How do you feel now?


Red Number 3Understanding and making ‘meaningful connections’ 

Meaningful connection with others is the best way to improve your wellbeing. Not just a conversation about the weather, talking and connecting to someone deeply. What do you need from a connection to make it meaningful? Is there anyone you can connect with like this?

Watch this video exploring how young people connect with friends and familyNotice how it helps them cope with loneliness. What are your ways of dealing with feelings of loneliness, in yourself and others?


Red Number 4Talk to others about how you're feeling

If you can, talking with others can be helpful. People you know can also be struggling with their well-being but might be too worried to say anything. Try starting a conversation with someone you trust about how you’re feeling, or about well-being in general. You don't need to talk about your own experiences straightaway, or at all. Maybe ask each other what loneliness means and how you each would describe it. How do you feel?


Red Number 5Help others who might be struggling with their wellbeing

Reaching out to people who may be isolated helps you as well as them. Do you have a friend or neighbour who might be struggling? How could you connect with them to find out how the are? You cannot 'fix' anyone else's problems, but being kind can have a strong effect. 

If you believe somebody needs more help, tell them about our free coronavirus support line: 0808 196 3651. It's open 10am to 6pm daily.


Red Number 6Develop your ways of coping

Having a range of techniques and ways of dealing with challenges is important. Everyone has different things that help them cope, but the exercises on these pages might help you with worry, stress and anxiety: 



Support line

Our free support line is run by experienced Red Cross volunteers who want to help people feeling lonely because of social isolation and lockdown. Call 0808 196 3651, 10am to 6pm every day.

We’ve also listed and linked to other organisations that help you cope with loneliness.