Working from home

Keeping busy

Keeping busy

The coronavirus is affecting everyones’ lives – both home and work, which means that some of us can no longer go out and go to work as normal. 

But, it’s still important to try and have a routine where you can, to help keep your mind and body healthy and active. Use this time to learn something new, get organised or to take on those projects that you’ve been putting off.

If you’re looking for some inspiration, we’ve pulled together a list of things that you can do on your own or as a family:

1. Do something that makes you sweat 
We might not be able to get to the gym, but that doesn’t mean we can’t exercise. Exercise releases endorphins in your body, giving you a natural high – there are lots of workouts online that the kids can get involved with too!

2. Keep your mind active
Read, write, play games, do crossword puzzles, sudokus, jigsaws or drawing and painting. There are lots of YouTube videos or sites like Udemy where you can learn new skills. Find something that works for you.

3. Learn a new language
Picking up a second language is not easy, especially if you haven’t touched on it since school. But, it can be a very rewarding hobby and one that looks fantastic on a CV too. There are great apps to help you get started like Duolingo or Babbel.

4. Create a to-do list
This can be a great time to complete projects that you’ve not had time to do. Creating a list and ticking things off can be rewarding and give you a great sense of achievement. DIY, mending things, fixing up the car and Spring cleaning can be a great way to unwind and pass the time. 

5. Watch the Marvel films in order
If you’ve got some time on your hands and you enjoy Marvel films, why not watch them order?

6. Take part in a pub quiz
Many pubs and breweries across the country are running virtual pub quizzes, so you don’t have to miss out on the highlight of your week! This Evening Standard article lists some of the best, or why not host your own with friends over a video call?

7. Get outdoors
Go outside and exercise when you can, in line with social distancing measures. If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, make the most of it – why not build a den with the kids, or set up an obstacle course and time each other – anything to get you out of the house and into the fresh air.

8. Cook up a storm
You might not usually be the one in the kitchen, why not surprise your family and cook them a tasty meal. If you need some inspiration try SuperCook, it’s a great website that allows you to tick the ingredients you have, then it generates recipes for you to try.

9. Volunteer
Help your community by becoming an NHS volunteer respondent – there are roles for everyone, including those who need to self isolate. 

10. Take five and breathe
You don’t have to be spiritual to try mindfulness and meditation. If you’re new to meditation, there are many great apps out there like Headspace and Calm to get you started. 

Use our tips to help keep you and your family busy during this unusual time. If you’re struggling please chat with us online or call our helpline on 08081 311 333.

If you need additional support, our helpline can support you with access to our digital support programmes to help you with stress, anxiety, depression, money worries, sleep and resilience – including access to mindfulness activities.