By Kitty R-R, 7B 

Tip 1: Sleep 

This tip sounds very simple and straightforward but sleep is vital to a happy, healthy mind and body. When you are deprived of quality sleep, it is harder to think straight and depression can easily begin to slip into sight. Here are a few tips to help you get quality sleep: come off screens an hour before bed, get into a sleep routine, wake up at a certain time and go to bed at a certain time, turn your WiFi off at night if you can and taking a liquid magnesium supplement has been proven to help you sleepAn average 12 year old needs 8½ hours of sleep to 9 ½ hours; during these difficult times you may find that increasing your sleep time by a few hours can be very beneficial. 

Tip 2: Why not try some Yoga? 

Yoga is an ancient form of exercise which helps improve your flexibility, strength and balance. Yoga helps decrease stress and calms the nervous system. With all these benefits and many more why don’t you try an online tutorialThere are lots of tutorials on YouTube, from beginner yoga to advanced yogaIt is a great form of exercise which you can do easily from your home. There are so many different types of yoga which help with many different things from depression to improving your strength and flexibility. They include yin yoga, restorative yoga and Hatha yogaMaybe yoga will become your newfound passion? 

Tip 3: Cooking 

Why not try making a new dish? 

If you are stuck worrying about everything going on, cooking new foods could help take your mind off things. Why not try making a new super smoothie or rummaging through your mum’s old cookbooks for a new recipe? As well as delighting your taste buds, you could try a vegan dish and take your cooking to a delicious harm-free levelOr you could even try inventing your own recipe. Who knows – you could become the world’s next best chef! 

Tip 4: Gardening 

Why not ask your parents if you could make your own vegetable patch or get round to that flowerbed your parents asked you to weed four months ago? Gardening is a great source of entertainment which is outside in the fresh air, away from screens and is done from the serenity of your home. Garden centres are now open so it could be a perfect opportunity to fill that weedfilled bed with new plants. Another great thing you can do is make your own eco-friendly patch with houses for bugs, and wild plants etc.  Gardening is definitely an activity which will keep you entertained for hours on end. 

I hope these tips help you stay sane during lockdown; I think they are all worth a try to boost your happiness as our immune systems are being suppressed from not socialising.