Boost Your Wellbeing During Lockdown

Date Created: 30th Apr 2020

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In the current climate, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, worried, stressed and your brain feel a bit frazzled! Now more than ever, it’s important to look after our own wellbeing and mental health and no one should be made to feel guilty for taking a bit of time out of their day to take a step back and do something that is good for their mind. 

Engaging in arts and other creative activities can be therapeutic and can help us escape to another world, even just for a short time. It is great for decluttering the mind and helping you regain focus.  

One of our apprentices, Harry, has hand picked some of the resources that staff at Artswork have recommended as activities that can boost your wellbeing, ranging from gardening tips, to online museums and everything inbetween! 

The Basics of Wellbeing 

Here’s a few things that we all feel can give your wellbeing a lift: 

  • Exercise – there are tonnes of free home workouts you can find online and on social media which require no equipment just your bodyweight 
  • Fresh air/nature – whether going outside and observing social distancing guidance on a walk/run or opening the windows and taking some nice deep breaths or practicing meditation, let the outside in! 
  • Baking – if your happy place is in the kitchen then now is a great time to get creative and try new recipes! If you’re struggling to find the essential ingredients, Allrecipes have a great long list of common ingredient substitutions. Meera Sodha’s vegan store-cupboard recipes can give you some amazing ideas for simple recipes with simple ingredients. 
  • Gardening – grow something, pick up some sunflower seeds at the supermarket or ask family/friends if they have any seeds they could post to you, check in on an elderly neighbour and ask if they might have some compost you could have in exchange for getting their shopping, fill a mug and hey presto! 
  • Acts of kindness – write letters to friends (don’t lick the envelope!) deliver supplies to neighbours, make signs of support for key workers, the options are endless! 

 

The NHS also have their own 5 Steps to Mental Wellbeing guide on their website, as do Mind charity. 

 

Creative Wellbeing Activities 

Art is where the Home is activity pack from FirstSite Gallery in Colchester 

Hastings Contemporary Arts and Mindfulness resources 

Create to Connect with 64 Million Artists/DoThinkShare 

The Portico Library’s online jigsaw puzzles, featuring Giovanni Belzoni’s 1820 illustrations of archaeological excavations in Egypt 

Play Old Town Bingo with God’s House Tower (GHT)  

 

Good reads, podcasts, things to watch and enjoy to support your wellbeing 

Cultural Non-profits Podcast directory 

Just About Coping Podcast from MHFA England 

FREE Royal Opera House live streamings 

FREE National Theatre at Home productions every Thursday throughout April on YouTube 

Take a virtual tour of 9 beautiful botanical gardens 

Get your free 30 day ticket to the Berlin Philharmoniker’s Digital Concert Hall 

 

Exercise 

For those home schooling kids: 

Joe Wicks PE lessons 

Cosmic Kids Yoga  

For the dancers among us: 

Barre Flow with Sarah from South East Dance 

Moving You: Weekly Dance Challenge – part of Connection Point from The Point Theatre Eastleigh 

Reel Adventures Company Class  and Weekend Workshops with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures  

ENB at Home Company Class with Tamara Rojo and others 

RAD@Home Silver Swans online classes 

Yoga: 

Free Flow classes online from My Inner Space (Yoga Shed, Wickham)  

 

General helpful things  

CoronaCulture – A growing list of art in isolation from Medium 

Coping Calendar from Action for Happiness 

Follow the following hashtags on twitter: 

  • #CultureInQuarantine 
  • #MuseumsToYou 
  • #FromLockdownWithLove 
  • #IsolationCreation 
  • #HopeFromHome 

Health and Wellbeing section of Arts Professional microsite ‘CovidCulture’ 

Create a Self-soothe box
 

Inspiration 

  • Follow #QBonSea on Instagram 
  • Follow @SirPatStew for #ASonnetADay 

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Health and Wellbeing Mental Health and Wellbeing Wellbeing

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