10th July 2020

Happy Friday everyone and this is possibly the most exciting Blog Post I’ve written.

We’re coming back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This week some of us have been in the office working away to get ready to reopen our building in a safe way.  Initially, it will be invite-only and very small sessions.  We are so excited that we will get to see your faces and do what we love which is working with young people.

Over the next couple of weeks, you’ll see lots of exciting photos going up on our social media showing you a sneak preview of what it looks like in the building.  There are a few small changes and a couple of big ones!

We are working very hard to make sure everyone on session stays safe and can come and have some fun over the summer holidays.

You can watch this video to tell you more….

The first sessions will be starting on 27th July.  If you’d like to be a part of it then please get in touch with us and we will talk about when you can come in.


26th June 2020

It’s been another glorious week and I’m sure we’re all fully topped up on our tans and vitamin D.  Unfortunately it looks like today and for the next week it’s going to be rather a different story.  Actually I’ll be glad of a bit of relief from the heat – I’ve been tossing and turning at night trying to find a cold spot on the bed to cool down!! 

Unfortunately, when the weather turns it means all the stuff I usually like doing outdoors are a bit trickier. 

I find it can really impact my mood and I can get a bit down when the weather is miserable.  Because I know this I try to plan in what I can do to boost my mood even when the weather is rubbish.  If you have things to look forward to or to distract yourself it can really help you stay positive.

 

Here are a few ideas to help you if you’re struggling this week.

 

I hope this gives you a few ideas to keep your spirits up! 

 

19th June 2020

Happy Friday everyone!  It’s been a really busy week for us here at the Manchester Youth Zone.  We have had some great sessions.  In Brew and a Chat, we talked about the shops reopening and how people were feeling as a result of this.  We also talked about how Marcus Rashford was using his platform in a really positive way.  Our volunteer Rosalia sent us through a video encouraging us to use our platforms in a positive way.  Every single one of us has a platform, no matter how small. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22nd May 2020

Happy Friday everyone. 

Today is the last day of Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme this year has been kindness.  At Manchester Youth Zone we have really focused on the idea of being kind to ourselves by looking after our mental health.  We’ve been sharing ideas of how you can do this on our social media.  Some of them are below.

One of the biggest causes of ill mental health is when we don’t manage our stress levels.  This has been even harder than normal in lockdown.  Stress is actually a really good thing.  In prehistoric times it’s what stopped us from being eaten by tigers!  When we don’t manage it properly it can cause us all sorts of issues, so it’s best to try and keep it in check.   I’ve done a video explaining a bit more and giving you some ideas of how you can manage your stress.

Some of my strategies for managing stress are doing crochet, reading, exercise, talking to friends, cooking, and watching my favourite TV shows.   

My top 3 tips for managing your stress are –

  • Do things that relieve your stress every day, even when you don’t feel stressed. Think of it like taking your vitamins.  You don’t want until your sick to take them, you take them to stop yourself from getting sick.  Stress relief is the same, do it before you feel stressed and it’ll stop you from reaching a crisis point.
  • Do a variety of things to relieve your stress. If you solely rely on exercise and then you break your leg, you’re going to be stuck and have no ideas of what you can do instead.  Build a variety in to your day to day life and then if you can’t do one for any reason you’ve got a safety net.
  • Recognise when you aren’t coping. If you are doing everything you can to manage your stress and you’re still struggling with the symptoms of stress then get help.  Talk to someone you trust and tell them how you’re feeling.

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</p>&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style=”color: #009ba4; font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif;”&gt;&lt;img width=”218″ height=”290″ class=”wp-image-6473 alignleft” src=”https://www.manchesteryz.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Jerome-1-768×1024.jpg” alt=”” /&gt;I also moved a little friend into my back garden.  I wasn’t sure what to name him so I asked for some help from members in a ‘Name the Gnome’ competition.  The name that won was Jerome the Gnome.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style=”color: #009ba4; font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif;”&gt;Outside of work I’ve been trying to find ways to stay active so I’ve challenged some friends of mine to a skipping competition.   We try to do 1000 skips each, every day.  It’s great because you don’t even need a skipping rope – you can use an imaginary one and still count your skips.  I need a break in between but I get there in the end.  So far I’ve kept it up for a week.  I hope I can keep going for the whole month!  That’s a lot of skips!!! &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style=”color: #009ba4; font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif;”&gt;Perhaps you could think of a fitness challenge for yourself and your family or friends?  Maybe going up and down the stairs 10 times in a row? How about doing 100 star jumps a day?&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p style=”text-align: center;”&gt;&lt;span style=”font-size: 14pt; color: #009ba4; font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif;”&gt;&lt;strong&gt; &lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p style=”text-align: center;”&gt;&lt;span style=”font-size: 14pt; color: #009ba4; font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif;”&gt;&lt;strong&gt;&lt;img width=”728″ height=”309″ class=”size-full wp-image-6474 alignnone” src=”https://www.manchesteryz.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/bird-feeders-x3.jpg” alt=”” /&gt;&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p style=”text-align: center;”&gt;&lt;span style=”font-size: 14pt; color: #009ba4; font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif;”&gt;&lt;strong&gt;1st May 2020&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p style=”text-align: left;”&gt;&lt;span style=”font-size: 14pt; color: #009ba4; font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif;”&gt;&lt;img width=”168″ height=”168″ class=” wp-image-6420 alignleft” src=”https://www.manchesteryz.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Hannah-Brownhill.jpg” alt=”” /&gt;Hi everyone – we’ve had such a busy few weeks.  Now we are completely running Manchester Youth Zone online.  This week we’ve had Fitness with Amy, Music with Phil, Craft and Crochet, Brew and a Chat Live, Hannah’s Quiz (with special guest star Joseph Mendy), MYZ Games and Cooking with Corrina – it’s all just like normal!! Except it’s not completely normal because we massively miss spending time with our lovely members in real life. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style=”font-size: 14pt; color: #009ba4; font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif;”&gt;As much as lockdown has been hard for me there have been lots of positives I have found – I thought I’d share a few with you here.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style=”font-size: 14pt; color: #009ba4; font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif;”&gt;&lt;img width=”208″ height=”278″ class=”wp-image-6419 alignleft” src=”https://www.manchesteryz.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Rainbow6-768×1024.jpg” alt=”” /&gt;I’ve been loving nature a lot more. Because I can’t go outside as much I have found that when I do go outside I notice lots of beautiful things in nature a lot more.  When I go for a walk I try to find something beautiful to take a photo of on my phone so that later in the day when I can’t go out I can look at it and it’ll make me smile.  The other day I tried to find a rainbow of colours in nature.  Here is how I got on….&lt;img width=”170″ height=”227″ class=”wp-image-6418 alignright” src=”https://www.manchesteryz.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Rainbow4-768×1024.jpg” alt=”” /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style=”font-size: 14pt; color: #009ba4; font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif;”&gt;Now I have so much more time for my hobbies! Normally life is so busy that I don’t get very much time to spend doing my favourite hobbies. I love doing anything crafty – in particular crochet.  I’ve been doing loads at the weekend when I’m not working.  I’ve finished making a jumper and I’ve made a rainbow.  Another hobby is reading – I’ve been able to spend lots more time reading books.  If you haven’t already read it then I recommend you read One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus – it’s a mystery and if you like Gossip Girl or Pretty Little Liars you’ll love it!&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style=”font-size: 14pt; color: #009ba4; font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif;”&gt;&lt;img width=”431″ height=”323″ class=”aligncenter wp-image-6416″ src=”https://www.manchesteryz.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/IMG_8952-1024×768.jpg” alt=”” /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style=”font-size: 14pt; color: #009ba4; font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif;”&gt;&lt;img width=”240″ height=”321″ class=”wp-image-6417 alignleft” src=”https://www.manchesteryz.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Jumper-768×1024.jpg” alt=”” /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style=”font-size: 14pt; color: #009ba4; font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif;”&gt;My final positive is that I’ve gotten to visit some amazing places!! It sounds a bit bizarre but I found out about all these cool places that are doing virtual tours. Without lockdown I would never have been to see San Diego Zoo or The Great Wall of China.  I’ve even been to Mars!!  You could give it a go too!&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;span style=”color: #009ba4; font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif;”&gt;&lt;a style=”color: #009ba4;” href=”https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SvIdgTx9djKO6SjyvPDsoGlkgE3iExmi3qh2KRRku_w/preview?fbclid=IwAR2lN47dK-NtjWUJUPchpdxJSS_kvqLn2kTa_Oa3g1WWvEIZGiEEZ1J4KoQ&amp;amp;pru=AAABcQQzAQc*j_OXW40DQiYeT7z8bagfiA”&gt;&lt;strong&gt;CLICK HERE&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/a&gt; To visit them too.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style=”font-size: 14pt; color: #009ba4; font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif;”&gt;Perhaps if you’re finding this hard you could try thinking about 3 positives that you’ve had during Lockdown – maybe it’s seeing more of your family or catching up on all your favourite TV shows – maybe it’s not having to sit your GCSE exams!! Whatever it is write it down so you can look back on it at times when you’re really struggling.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style=”font-size: 14pt; color: #009ba4; font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif;”&gt;I hope you all have a great weekend!&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt;