My uncle has the coronavirus and I do not know what to do. My uncle having covid-19 really affects my life. I am worried about him. Not being able to see him or even call him really affects me and also I haven’t seen my dad in almost a year I just feel like a worthless piece of junk.
• All of this is really scary and when someone you love is sick, it is normal to feel sad or even really worried. It is very brave of you to share you and your uncle’s story. Thank you for trusting the Teen Central community with what you are going through!
• If you ever feel like you are too overwhelmed and need immediate help, you can get assistance 24 hours a day at the crisis text line. Just text “HELLO” to 741741, someone can offer you support any time of the day. Also- check out our “What’s New” tab on teencentral.com. Under there is a great exercise called “Calm your breathing” to help deal with anxiety. Sometimes worrying about someone you love is a lot to take on. You are not alone in feeling that way. Think about exploring our website and looking at stories that others have posted. There are several other families supporting people who are sick with COVID-19. Check those out.
• You must be pretty close with your uncle to be impacted and concerned for his health. When we feel like we can’t talk to that person in our lives, it can take a toll on us. Do you have any other people in your life that may be able to help you right now? Think about it, maybe a close adult, a best friend, or an older sibling that can listen. Sometimes getting our emotions out to another person really helps ease your mind. Please don’t feel like you need to take this all on by yourself. Reach out to someone close to you, facetime, text, or zoom. Feeling connected can help ease your worry.
• When we worry a lot about the people we love, sometimes our mind needs a little time out. What is one thing that you can do to give your mind a much needed break? What makes you feel happy? Playing a game? Taking a walk? Chatting with your best friend? Do something for you every single day. We know you are concerned for your uncle, but worrying about things that we can’t control sometimes brings on more stress.
• Also- think about some ways that you can support your uncle from a distance. Writing him a letter, sending him a card, or making him a video would bring a smile to his face. This is a way you can help your uncle stay positive and hopeful during his recovery.
• Have you ever tried journaling? Seeing your emotions written down in black and white is often times very freeing. Take some time throughout the day to write down some positive thoughts. What was one good thing that happened today? If you could talk to your dad or your uncle, what would you say to them? Write those things down.