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5 ways to boost your wellbeing while social distancing

By UALHalls 27 Mar 2020

The idea of social distancing may seem scary and stressful but it will help slow the spread of Coronavirus and protect those most vulnerable in our community. To help cope with this adjustment there are things we can try to help support our wellbeing. Here are our top 5 recommendations. 

1. Social Programme virtual yoga and pilates 

The Social Programme is bringing you virtual yoga and virtual pilates straight to your bedroom. Whether you're self-isolating (and healthy) or social distancing you can join live stream class from wherever you are. These sessions will help to energise your body, mind and breath. 

If you can't make the live streams classes, don't panic as there are lots of pre-recorded YouTube classes you can take part in. Check out these recommendations.

2. Get some fresh air

We all feel happier and healthier when the sun is shining and we get to spend time outdoors. If you can, take some time out of your day to get some fresh air. If there is a park nearby, taking a walk can make all the difference.

For some people who are self-isolating, it may be difficult to get outdoors. However, you can still get a taste of the spring air by opening a window and ventilating your room. Volunteer Park Conservatory is helping you bring the outdoors inside by doing daily Instagram live streams through their conservatories. 

3. Limit your screen time and reduce your news intake 

Although social media is allowing us to stay connected while social distancing, it's nice to have some time away from our screens every now and then. Why not take up a new creative hobby like knitting or painting? 

Let's face it, the news isn't exactly uplifting at the moment and if you are finding it is having a negative impact on your wellbeing, you may want to think about reducing your news consumption. Alternatively, there are plenty of news outlets that focus on bringing you positive stories. Try the Good News Network or the BBC Uplifting Stories page.   

4. Take a virtual exercise class

While you may secretly be pleased that your local gym is closed, staying active can help to improve your mood and reduce stress. Many exercise teachers have moved their classes online providing you with guidance and community spirit from wherever you are.  

Why not mix up your workout routine and try something different. Bami Kuteyi is running weekly fitness sessions with the Social Programme to help lift your spirits and get your endorphins running. Barry’s BootcampBlogilates and Nike Training Club are all hosting free exercise classes whilst you’re stuck at home.   

 5. Get cooking and baking 

With more time on your hands, it’s the perfect time to get experimental and test out some new recipes. Need some inspiration? Many chefs and bakers are running cook-a-longs in their Instagram stories. Tune into Bread Ahead Bakery for their daily 2pm live stream baking tutorials.   

For cook-a-longs as well as tips and tricks of using ingredients you might already have in your cupboard at home follow Jennifer Crawford, MasterChef winner and Michelin star chef Massimo Bottura. 

We hope some of these ideas will help you to relax, be present and use your creativity to help support your wellbeing.

We understand that this may be a worrying time for you and we are here to support you. Find further support that works for you.