Letter “O” is for Outdoors. If you are lucky enough to have a garden or patio area there are lots of fun things you can do outside. But if not, you can get creative with any small outdoor areas you have (balconies, steps and rooftops) or try bringing the fun of the outdoors indoors.
Letter “N” is for Nostalgia. While the immediate future feels uncertain, what better time to reconnect with the past? Focusing on happy memories is good for our mental wellbeing as it reaffirms our sense of self and our feelings of connection to our family and the community. Looking into the wider history of the world can also teach us important lessons and remind us of how resilient and adaptable humans are. Here are some suggestions of nostalgic activities you can try.
Letter “M” is for Music. Music brings people together and helps you to feel more relaxed and less alone. Although gigs and concerts are cancelled for the forseeable, there are still many ways we can enjoy our favourite bands. Here are a few ideas for connecting with the healing power of music.
Letter “L” is for Learning. With schools closed for the majority at the moment, many parents are homeschooling their children and luckily there are many online resources available to support this. However, please don’t feel pressured to follow a strict learning timetable as play and family time are just as valuable!
For adults at home and unable to do their regular job, this is also a great opportunity to learn a new skill if you feel like it. I’ve compiled a list of educational materials for people of all ages who would like to learn something new from home.
Letter “K” is for Keeping in Touch. Most of us are going to be missing quality time with our friends and relatives while on lockdown or socially distancing. During this time of uncertainty, social interaction and bonding is vitally important for our mental wellbeing.
Luckily, thanks to modern technology, long distance communication has never been easier. Here is a list of all the different ways you can stay in touch with your loved ones.
Letter “J” is for Jokes and Joyfulness. In this scary and stressful time we’re living through, it can be hard to look on the bright side. Making jokes can seem inappropriate when the fear and worry is so real. But humour can be an effective coping mechanism in tough times.
Letter “I” is for Indoor Adventures. If you’ve got kids, now is a great time to keep your little ones busy with imaginative roleplay games. Below are some ideas for how you can incorporate adventure and excitement into everyday life.