Y is for . . .


You know, you’re pretty amazing.

You’ve had to deal with a lot over the last year… Maybe you’ve transitioned to working from home. You’ve gone months without a hug from those special people in your life. You’ve tackled home-schooling in all its chaos. You’ve read the news each day and tried to keep a level head. You’ve adapted to a knew way of life.

And maybe you’ve taken it all in your stride, or maybe you’ve found it really tough, but there’s no denying it’s been hard and you deserve to hear that you’re doing great.

You’re doing great.

You got this

Perhaps it’s the post-Christmas lull, or maybe it’s the unforgiving weather that makes getting outside harder at this time of year, but many of us are finding this lockdown much more difficult than the first two. If that’s the case for you, here are a few tips we’ve put together to help you cope and remind you you’re not alone in how you’re feeling.

You Got This

Give yourself a break

Take A Break

It can be too easy to pretend that we’re ok. And not just to other people, to ourselves too.

We brush off that feeling of exhaustion. We grab a ‘quick snack’ because we were too busy making lunch for someone else to eat our own. We sit down to relax and our minds are a blur of noise, mentally ticking off to-do lists or thinking about tomorrow’s tasks. We’re not overwhelmed, we’re just a bit busy right - but ‘right now’ never seems to end.

Sound familiar?

If this is you, you’re overdue a break. Symptoms of burnout vary from person to person, but this article from healthline.com has a list and explanation of the twelve most common signs.

Take a look, be honest with yourself and TAKE A BREAK if you need to.

Who do you think you are?

Ancestry Online

If you’re looking for something interesting to do during your break, or if you’re finding that lockdown is leaving you with more spare time you’d like to fill, why not check out Ancestry for Libraries and find out who you are? Researching your family history can be fascinating, enlightening and most importantly fun!

You can access Ancestry from home as long as you’re signed up as a member of Devon or Torbay Libraries.

Simply go here for Devon Libraries or here for Torbay Libraries, log in using your borrower number and pin, and you’re ready to start exploring!

YOUtube… see what we did there?


YouTube is a pretty amazing place. It’s the world’s second largest search engine and second most visited site after Google. It’s also the second most popular social media platform (after Facebook) with 1.9bn users.

More than 500 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute and we watch over 1 billion hours (yes BILLION, with a B) of YouTube videos a day, more than Netflix and Facebook video combined. We’ll just let than sink in, because it’s a lot.

Although YouTube can be a fantastic place to stay entertained, learn something new or get our daily dose of news, it’s also important to keep a track of our screen time. If you find yourself endlessly scrolling through YouTube, chain watching recommended videos, try taking a break. Switch off the screen, put down your device and take a little space from the digital sphere. We promise you’ll feel refreshed afterwards.

For more fascinating facts on YouTube, take a look at this Brandwatch report

You becomes Us

We’re closing today out with THAT speech from Amanda Gorman. Her inauguration poem was delivered to a nation but spoke to each and every individual person. We hope it speaks to you and reminds you what great things can happen when ‘you’ becomes ‘we’, ‘we’ becomes ‘us’. Individually, collectively, we can achieve great things….