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Things to do at home

Things to do at home

We know it's a very uncertain time at the moment due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak and that some of you may be self-isolating or social distancing. So with that in mind we've created a guide to some things you can do to keep yourself busy, active and ultimately happy during this tricky time.



Exercise

Keeping active is key even when you're not self-isolating and there are some easy ways you can exercise both indoors and outdoors.

If you are still able to head outdoors and go for a walk or run then it's safe to do so however the government has suggested keeping a distance from others whilst outside. This may change over the course of the next few weeks so keep yourself updated with the latest government advice.

If you are indoors you can access a wealth of exercise videos including yoga, pilates and HIT workouts online! Try YouTube for a good starting place.

Here's a few links to get you started: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ml6cT4AZdqI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7AYKMP6rOE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-PpDkbcNGo



Mindfulness

A great way to give your mental wellbeing a boost is to practice mindfulness. This can include meditation and relaxation via YouTube or free apps such as Headspace, yoga or even colouring as a way to reduce stress. You can access a lot of these resources online or via the app store on your phone or device. 

Try some adult colouring sheets from this website: https://www.justcolor.net/

Find out more about Headspace here: https://www.headspace.com/

Do some easy deep-breathing exercises here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXItOY0sLRY



Baking & Cooking

Having some extra time can be really useful to help you learn a new recipe! Whether you're into baking cakes or simply finding new recipes for a tasty dinner, there's plenty of free recipes online that you can try!

Try out some recipes here: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/



Learn a new language

Another way to keep your mind active is to try learning a new language! There's free apps such as Duolingo which are easy to use from your phone and offer lots of activities to help you move from beginners level to more advanced.

Learn more about Duolingo here: https://www.duolingo.com/



Video chat with friends and family

It's important to check in with your loved ones and the easiest way to do this whilst staying at home is via videochat. There's so many different ways to do this now including Facetime, Facebook messenger, Skype, Zoom & Google Hangouts to name a few and it's really good for your wellbeing to have a chat. Maybe set a specific time aside to have a coffee break with a friend or eat dinner with family.

Find out more about video messaging here: https://www.redbytes.in/best-video-chat-apps/



Start a journal or blog

If you enjoy writing and journalling your thoughts then maybe consider starting a journal, diary or blog. This can be private or public if you want to share your ideas with friends. If you are doing it just for yourself then an old notebook or even the Notes app on your phone can be a good place to start. If you're wanting to blog publicly then there's lots of platforms online such as Blogger or Wordpress that can be used for free. It goes without saying that you should be sensible about what you share and who you share it with however.

Try out Blogger: https://www.blogger.com/about/?r=1-null_user



Watch a new series 

This one goes without saying and is the easiest one to do - although some exercise and fresh air is also important too! We all have a long list of shows and series' that we have meant to watch for a long time (some of ours include Gossip Girl, Supernatural and Arrested Development) so this could be a good time to finally mark one off!

With new apps like Netflix Party also being added you can even watch films and episodes with friends!

Find out more here: https://www.netflixparty.com/



So there's a few ideas to get you started. If you think of any others you'd like us to share you can email residencelife@sheffield.ac.uk and we'll try and get them added!

In the meantime it's important to say that looking after your health and the health of those around you is paramount so keep practising good hygiene and make sure you are keeping active and eating healthy to support your mental wellbeing.

You can find out more about the support available under the 'Support' and 'Coronavirus' sections of our website.

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