We know that this is a difficult time and the In The Moment team has decided to put together a really useful resource to help you get through it. We’ll be updating this page regularly, so please keep checking back for new additions.
Read on for positive stories of supportive people and businesses who are taking action to help others.
- The UK lockdown has caused a big drop in air pollution in cities across the country.
- Heinz has offered to provide 12 million free breakfasts to children who might otherwise go hungry while schools are closed in the UK.
- Organic tampon company Ohne is delivering free sanitary products to NHS wards around the UK. They’re also offering a half price subscription for three months, which you can claim using the code “STAYINGIN” on their website.
- Whole Foods Market UK has announced that it will be running a shopping hour just for over 70s to help them get the supplies they need. Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Waitrose are running similar schemes for vulnerable shoppers. Check out a more detailed shopping restrictions guide on The Guardian’s website.
- Keeping active can be difficult if you’re stuck indoors. Head over to YouTube to find lots of free fitness classes – we like Yoga With Adriene and POPSUGAR Fitness.
- Many gyms and fitness studios have reacted to the outbreak by sharing free classes. Find a great roundup from the Evening Standard here.
- Ekhart Yoga are offering 12 free yoga and meditation classes to relieve stress and anxiety to help you relax during this difficult time.
- If an app is better suited to your needs, then the free FitOn app might help you to add a workout into your day.
- Need more motivation? @thesallywilkinson is offering online exercises on her social media.
- Dancing is a well-known moodbooster. Beatport is launching a live 24 hour dance party starting on Friday 27th March at 8pm GMT, featuring DJs such as Nina Kraviz, RÜFÜS DU SOL, Carl Cox and Bonobo. It aims to raise money to support musicians affected by the current crisis and donations will also be made to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. Join the party!
- Missing your friends? You can still host a movie night! If you’re using the Chrome browser on your computer, you can install a plugin called Netflix Party to watch a film together. The plugin allows you to send each other messages and you can pause the movie if you want to take a break.
- Another great way to keep in touch with friends and family is to set up a video call on an app such as Zoom or Skype. Make regular plans to catch up to stave off loneliness.
- The Mamas Find Your Voice Facebook group is hosting daily live virtual coffee meets for mums.
- If your friends are far away, it can be hard to keep in touch. Discover meaningful ways to stay connected.
Self care inspiration
- New to working from home? It can take some getting used to. Check out our article for 17 ways to practise self care when working from home.
- Meditation can help you to relax and feel less stressed. The Calm app has made a selection of sleep stories and meditations available on its website for free.
- Dawn Booth is sharing a free daily morning meditation and anxiety tip over on her Facebook page Vitality with Dawn Booth.
- Sunshine Therapies is offering a free live meditation session every morning at 7am GMT.
- If you’re affected by disordered eating, you can find free videos and coaching workbooks on anxiety and stress in the Beyond the Bathroom Scales Facebook group.
- Spending time in nature can boost your wellbeing. Find out how birdwatching can improve your mental health with BBC Wildlife Magazine.
- For outdoorsy people, getting used to spending more time indoors can be something of a challenge. In The Moment Magazine writer Sian Lewis has put together a great self-isolating guide for outdoor and adventure lovers.
- Listen to a wellbeing podcast – check out our list of 13 podcasts to lift your spirits and change your life.
- Taking care of your diet is also important – check out these healthy storecupboard recipes from BBC Good Food.
Things to do
- It’s always good to have a stash of face masks ready to go! Find out how to make a face mask: 3 ways to sew your own with a little help from our friends at Gathered.
- If you want to do something more productive, you could try to learn a language. Memrise and Duolingo are both free apps that can help you pick up a new language in a fun way.
- For those who have time to study, FutureLearn has a selection of free courses for you to try. Many of them have been created by universities from around the world, covering everything from art to psychology.
- The BBC has announced a number of measures to offer support during this difficult time. As part of this, they’re going to be bringing a few old favourites back to BBC iPlayer including spy drama Spooks, Waking The Dead and French & Saunders. Find out more.
- Want something more theatrical? The Royal Shakespeare Company is offering a 30 day free trial so you can watch their performances online.
- Baking is a great way to lift your spirits and can be very mindful. Discover the benefits of mindful baking and some quirky baking recipes from Great British Bake Off finalist Kim-Joy Hewlett.
- If you’d like to learn how to cook, join @ruthslittlekitchen every Monday and Thursday at 10am for a free class.
- Get crafty with 30 easy arts and crafts to do at home from our sister website Gathered.
Keep your children occupied
- Joe Wicks (aka The Body Coach) has announced that he’s going to be running a PE class for children on his YouTube channel every Monday at 9am.
- Plan your own PE lessons with these useful resources from the Youth Sport Trust.
- Keep your children busy with these ideas and activities for families from MadeForMums.
- You can give your children some fun (and memorable!) lessons at home with this list of 15 super fun science experiments to try at home with the kids from BBC Science Focus magazine.
- Take a virtual museum tour! @bullandvalley on Instagram says: “My kids whilst in isolation are visiting a different online museum each day. Then they have to pick an exhibit that inspires either a story, a poem, a factual report or a painting.”
- Help your children settle down at bedtime with our new Sleepy Time podcast created in association with MadeForMums. It’s a soothing collection of mindfulness exercises, sleep stories and meditations to help children relax and drift off to sleep. Listen now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Acast or wherever you find your podcasts, or find all of the episodes online here.
- Happy Space UK has created a free wellbeing guide for children aged 10-12. Download your copy here.