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Staying at home and what you can do

How you can help fight coronovirus

The most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.

The government has now introduced three new measures.

  1. Stay at home, except for very limited purposes.
  2. Close non-essential shops and community spaces.
  3. Stop all gatherings of more than two people in public.

Stay at home - what you should do

You should only leave the house for one of the following reasons:

  • shopping for essentials, food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
  • one form of exercise a day, such as a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household
  • any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home

Even when doing these activities, keep time spent outside to a minimunand and keep 2 metres apart from anyone outside. We all need to do our part by follwing these measures.

Staying at home - Activities

Staying at home and limiting social contact can be difficult. Here are some ideas to help you keep active, fit and healthy when staying at home.

Let's all look after our physical and mental health at this time, and look out for others.

Yoga

If you have access to YouTube there are many yoga class videos you can watch and do, as if you were in a class.

We've put a few in a playlist to start you off. If you have others you enjoy, do share their details with friends, family and neighbours.

If you prefer to start with a few beginner poses, The Yoga Journal has the basics to get your started.

Low impact exercise

The NHS website has a good section on low impact exercises you can do at home to keep your body in good health.

These include:

Sport England has great advice on staying active when at home, with examples of exercises you can do in your lounge. These are for all fitness levels, and also include activities for people with a disability.

There's also a good section on exercising with children at home, incuding these dances from Disney.

Pilates

A local pilates instructor is going to be running online session on Tuesdays at 9.30am and 7.30pm, and Thursdays at 9.30am and 7.30pm.

Just download the Zoom app and you can join in from your home.

Baking

If you have the ingredients available, why not try a new recipe. Not only does it keep you busy, the smell of bread or a cake in the oven can help with happiness - almost as much as eating it afterwards!

We found recipes here for adults and families with young children to give you some inspiration:

BBC Good Food magazine online

Olive Magazine - baking recipes ready in under an hour

And here are a few of Mary Berry's easy bakes

Book clubs

There are lots of Facebook groups set up as book clubs, where you can find inspiration, discuss your favourite books and make new friends online.

There are also apps that give book recommendations, including Goodreads and Bookmojis. Look them up in your app store or on Google Play.

Why not host a Skype or Facetime book club with friends or family?

Theatre at home

Play bill have videos of theatrical performances of 15 Broadway musicals. From Billy Elliott to Cats and more, you can watch them from the comfort of your own lounge (where you can also sing along to help keep those spirits up)

Museums - virtual tours

When we can't visit a museum, sometimes they're brought to us, from all over the world.

Learn something new

Free doodle classes from Children's illustrator, Mo Willems are available online

Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course. Take on a different responsibility at work. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun.

Do you need support?

Do keep in touch with friends and family members at this time, through social media or on the phone.

Staying at home can be difficult. If you feel you need extra support with your mental health, please do reach out to organisations who can help you. There is good information available on the MIND website.

There's plenty of advice on keeping up your activity levels, take a look at the following videos to help your emotional wellbeing:

5 minute meditation - The sense of being, or 'I am'

Seeing stress for what it is. This brief myth-busting video takes an alternative look at stress and how to handle it.

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Page last updated: 26/03/2020