Coronavirus: Keeping Busy And Connected
Let’s face it, we’re all going to need things to keep us busy over the next few weeks. By choosing to do something, whatever that something is – whether it’s exercise, crafting, reading, watching TV, DIY, gardening, studying etc – we’ll keep our minds occupied and help stop those anxious thoughts taking hold and spiralling. We might also find that have skills and interests that we didn’t even know about before.
We also need ways to feel connected and part of something. We might be physically isolated, but we don’t need to feel lonely, or disconnected – there are ways to forge connections.
We’ve created an ever-growing list of activities, groups and resources that can help us keep busy and stay connected during these strange times. If you’re particularly looking for resources for children, we’ve got you covered too: find those here.
'Some people look for a beautiful place. Others make a place beautiful.' - Hazrat Inayat Khan
Get Crafty And Cultured
- Activity Pages from Adam JK
- Alphablots Colouring Sheets
- Artsy: Creative Online Courses
- Coping Calendar – 30 actions to look after ourselves and other
- Eleanor Bowmer Colouring Sheet
- Lego 30 Day Challenge
- #MuseumFromHome on Twitter lets you experience over 500 museums, from all across the world, from your home
- Paperjoy downloadable and printables
- Quarantine Soirées – free nightly online concerts from one of the world’s top orchestras
- Royal Opera House – streaming free ballet and opera
- The Wildlife Trusts – looking after yourself, and nature.
- Virtual Museum Tours
Chatterpack has put together a huge list of resources and activities – find it here.
Never Too Old
- Blocky Games: beginners computer programming
- Class Central: Free online courses
- CrashCourse hosts loads of free educational courses on YouTube – useful for kids off school, and for adults who want to learn some new stuff
- Duolingo is a free app teaching you a variety of languages in just short blocks of time (5-20 minutes) every day
- Open Culture: 1,500 Free Online Courses from Top Universities
- Open Learn: Over 1000 free, online courses
- Open University: Free courses
- Recovery College have over 30 free online mental health and wellbeing courses
- Teach From Home is a temporary hub of information and tools to help teachers work remotely.
Let’s Get Physical
- 305 Fitness – streaming dance classes everyday on YouTube
- Barry’s are streaming high intensity workouts on Instagram
- Blogilates – Pliates
- Dolly Trolley is hosting online Drag Aerobics classes
- LV Yoga Fareham is streaming yoga classes every week via Facebook. There are light classes, and family yoga too.
- POPSUGAR – workout classes
- Rumble Boxing are streaming boxing-inspired daily workouts on IG
- Seen on Screen are streaming dance classes on IG that teach you routines inspired by artists like Beyonce, Rihanna, and Britney Spears
- Sport England: Stay In, Work Out – tips, advice and guidance on how to keep or get active in and around your home.
- The Fitness Marshall
- Yoga With Adriene
'When you’re curious you find lots of interesting things to do.' - Walt Disney
Online Groups And Activities
- Coping Calendar – 30 actions to look after ourselves and others
- Covid Symptoms Tracker App
- Free Access To Wellbeing Apps For NHS Staff
- Government Guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspect of coronavirus.
- Government Launches Coronavirus Information Service On WhatsApp
- Gareth Malone’s Great British Home Chorus
- #hometasking – if you’re a fan of Taskmaster, join in with Alex Horne’s #hometasking on Twitter
- #JackMonroesLockdownLarder – Jack Monroe very kindly giving tips and ideas on meals you can make with the ingredients lurking at the back of your cupboard
- Mark Kanemura is hosting dance parties on Instagram
- Online Pub Quiz on Facebook
- Staying Safe from suicidal thoughts.
- Virtual Church Services on Sunday Mornings (the BBC are also looking ways to support other religions and denominations too – particularly in the run up to Ramadan)
- Virtual Meet-Ups For New Mums – daily meet-ups online, open to all Mums.