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Make the most of your time at home by carrying out a thorugh Spring Clean which will also help reduce the risk of spreading germs.
Within the community, although the Great British Spring Clean has been put on hold you can still help by wearing gloves and picking up litter on your daily exercise walk.
DIY Home Improvement
- Creating a Dedicated Home Office
- Laying Laminate Flooring
- Insulating a Loft
- Decorating Your Home
- Planning Future Home Improvement Projects.
Not online? Try BBC Breakfast – The Green Goddess BBC One 6:55am and 8:55am Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Sport England – Stay In, Work Out
- NHS – Chair Exercises
- British Heart Foundation – Chair Based Exercises
- British Heart Foundation – Exercise with everyday objects (YouTube)
- Royal Society of Physiotherapists – Get Up and Go (YouTube)
Move It or Lose It
If you enjoy a challenge and own a Fitbit – you can connect with your friends via the app and start a Fitbit challenge.
- Living Life To The Full
- Every Mind Matters
- Online courses and webinars specifically designed to help during this time of uncertainty.
Meditation and Mindfulness – Practice being fully present in the moment and observing thoughts without judgement. Start by sitting in a comfortable position with your eyes closed and bringing your attention the breath and how your body moves with each inhale and exhale.
Journaling – Get your thoughts on paper to release them from your mind and allow worries and problems to seem more manageable. Try bullet journaling.
Practice Gratitude – When we feel grateful the brain releases dopamine, a feel good chemical. Studies show that by simply writing down three things you are grateful for every day for 21 days can rewire your brain to be more positive.
- Coronavirus and your wellbeing
- How to get your emotional needs met while isolating – online community
Draw, colour, write your memoirs, write poetry, write a book, write a play, read physical & kindle/ebooks, knit, crochet, make gifts such as jewellery making kit, bake, play board games, puzzles, word games, play cards, sing, cook, paint, do a photoshoot, organize your cupboards, de-clutter
- Draw with Rob – Draw-along videos
- Create to Connect – Daily creative challenges
- Knitting and crocheting – for UK Charities
- Write a letter – You could write a letter to someone you know, send a letter to a local care home or to an individual in need using these organisations:
- Concert Live Streams
- Virtual Choirs
- Karaoke including online
Have a Dance Party at home – dancing is a great way to exercise, and all you need is some music to dance to. You can always dance by yourself, but some people have been using social platforms and even video conferencing software (such as Zoom) to have remote dance parties on the weekend while they are stuck at home.
Books, Reading and Learning
Online Book Clubs
- 365 Days of Compassion Book Club
- Reading Groups for Everyone
- Access e-books, e-audio books, films, documentaries and courses with your library card
- List of free online boredom-busting resources
- COVID 19: list of online education resources for home education
- FREE Daily Lessons from BBC Bitesize
- FREE Online resources / activities to support Home Schooling, from West Suffolk College
- The Skills Toolkit – Free digital and numeracy courses to build your skills.
- Future Learn
- Alison – Free online courses from the world’s leading experts
- Learn My Way – Free courses on using a computer
- Duolingo – Learn a new language
Bird Watch – You could input your finds on the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) Bird Track website or App.
- Collection of museums on Google Arts & Culture site
- Top 10 Virtual Museum Tours
- The Louvre
- The British Museum
Activities to try with friends
- Decide on a film you are all going to watch in your own homes and make telephone calls afterwards to discuss it.
- Use FaceTime, Skype or other video chat services to have a coffee with a friend from home.
- Quarantine Bingo
Advice for parents/carers of children and young people
Online sources of help for young people and parents/carers include:
- Kooth – is a free, safe and anonymous online chat where young people (11-18 yrs) can find someone to talk to when you need it.
- Living Life to the Full for Young People
- Suffolk Mind – resources for childern
- Young Minds – help for parents
- Mental Health Foundation – guide for parents / carers
- NSPCC – mental health parenting
If you are a parent of young children, you may be wondering how you are going to keep your sanity without resorting to using the electronic nannies that are online games and the usual You Tube fare full time. Here are some ideas to keep your little ones entertained and maybe yourself too!
- How to make Playdough in a slow cooker
- Child Friendly Podcasts
- Educational videos