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Self isolation: ideas to keep busy

Whilst it is critical we all stay up to date with the changing advice relating to coronavirus on a daily basis, it is advised to mix in activities that you enjoy and find relaxing. It’s these activities that can help us cope better in difficult times.

Make a list of things you’ve always wanted to learn and do. This is a good opportunity to prioritise yourself.

  1. Be creative – what do you love to do? Write? Draw? Play music? Play games? Dance? Listen to the radio? Cook? Make as much time for your activity as you can. And if possible, treat yourself – buying some new paints or a new game to try.
  2. Meditate – this can help reduce stress and keep you feeling calm. Read more about mindfulness
  3. Exercise – make sure you make time to move, have a look at the British Lung Foundation’s exercise videos
  4. Self care – take a bath or do your nails – take some time to look after yourself.
  5. Help others. If you’re able to, is there someone you can you call, email, whatsapp, facetime, skype.
  6. Get outside safely where possible – it’s a wonderful time of year to do some gardening or go for a walk at a safe distance from others. If you’re interested in nature, try and spot different bird species that you see.
  7. Set a routine and daily goals
  8. Try something new – is there a new language or skill you’ve always wanted to learn or practise? Duolingo is a fantastic app that you can download for free, and Youtube is a huge learning resource – an online ‘how to’ guide on anything you’re interested in learning.
  9. Watch movies, TV or comedy – can a friend or relative give you any recommendations? TEDTalks are a great way to learn new information. BBC IPlayer is launching special programmes; from home exercises, regular church services, and box sets from our favourite era’s.
  10. Read a book – something that takes you away from the news and social media is recommended

Whilst it is critical we all stay up to date with the changing advice relating to coronavirus on a daily basis, it is advised to mix in activities that you enjoy and find relaxing.  It’s these activities that can help us cope better in difficult times.

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