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As the majority of us are spending more time at home than usual, it may be difficult to come up with meaningful activities to fill your time. We believe that the 5 ways to wellbeing can have a positive impact on everyone’s mental wellbeing. It’s important to connect, be active, take notice, learn and give back. Here are some virtual resources you can use to implement the 5 ways to wellbeing in your life.

Connect

Staying connected to those around you is important to maintain healthy relationships. We are fortunate that we live in a time where connecting to other online has never been easier, here are some ways to stay connected with your friends and family:

  • Netflix party is a new way to watch Netflix with your friends online.
  • You can connect with friends and family from across the world in many ways from FaceTime to Skype to Zoom! It’s never been easier to connect and see loved ones virtually.

Active

We know that being physically active can have a positive impact on our mental wellbeing. If you are unable or uncomfortable exercising outside there are many online workout classes you can take. Apps are also a great way to keep active, you are able to set your own goals and do the workouts the are right for you.

  • Every Mind Matters is a national mental health platform from Public Health England. Just answer a few simple questions about how you are feeling to receive expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.
  • Art therapy activities – Here are 20 art therapy activities you can try at home to help you destress and focus your mind on other things.
  • E with Joe – live workout with Joe Wicks (The Body Coach) every morning 9am. Anyone can take part, it’s for all ages.

Workout apps:

  • Fitness Coach
  • Yoga-Go: Train at Home
  • Fitbit premium free for 3 months

Take Notice

Being in ‘the moment’ can help to reaffirm your life priorities. Notice the space around you and create a calming space, even have a ‘clear the clutter’ day. Here are some apps that can help you take notice and very useful art therapy activities.

Wellbeing apps:

  • Headspace
  • Calm
  • Ten Percent Happier Meditation
  • Art therapy activities – Here are 20 art therapy activities you can try at home to help you destress and focus your mind on other things.

Learn

We often complain with the lack of time we have to learn new things and expand our knowledge. During lockdown we can be doing many things that aren’t stimulating our minds – spend this time trying something new. Visit virtual museums, read books, listen to podcasts!

Museums and Places of Interest:

More can be found here

Podcasts:

  • The Adam Buxton Podcast – British comedian Adam Buxton talks with interesting people. The rambly conversations are sometimes funny, sometimes more serious with funny bits.
  • The teacher’s pet – The Australian’s Hedley Thomas digs deep into a cold case which has been unsolved for 36 years, uncovering startling new evidence. Chris and Lyn appear to have the perfect marriage. But when Lyn goes mussing, dark secrets are buried. This is no fairytale, but a sordid story of strangely close twin brothers, teenage student lovers, and probable murder.
  • No Such Thing As A Fish – A podcast from the QI offices in which the writers of the hit BBC show huddle around a microphone and discuss the best things they’ve found out this week.
  • That Peter Crouch Podcast – Hosted by Peter Crouch, Tom Frodyce and Chris Stark they bring you their guide to becoming a professional footballer.

Books:

  • Last Couple Standing – A couple determined not to end up like their divorced friends try a radical experiment – and get in way over their heads – in this hilarious, heartfelt novel from the author of We’re All Damaged.
  • The Blaze – One man knows the connection between two extraordinary acts of arson, fifteen years apart, in his Montana hometown – if only he could remember it.
  • The Flatshare – Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they’re crazy, but it’s the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time.
  • Zen: The Art of Simple Living – Find your Zen with this little book for 100 tips and activities.

If you’re a Dorset Council library member, you can access E- Books, audio books and online magazines.

Playlists:

Spotify:

  • Your Favorite CoffeeHouse
  • Acoustic Love
  • Totally Stress Free
  • Relax & Unwind
  • Wake Up Happy

Apple music:

  • Pop Workout
  • Feeling Happy
  • Home Office DJ for those working at home
  • In My Room for when you want to take a little me-time with some downtempo pop tunes
  • Acoustic Chill

TEDx and TED talks

Here are the 10 most popular TEDx.

25 most popular TED talks of all time.

Keeping Children Busy:

  • Chatter Pack have asked the education community to send in links and ideas for free home learning. Whether you’re a teacher of ant age group who is making plans for home learning, or a parent/ carer needing some ideas so you can plan ahead, the links here can help.
  • The Science Museum Group have provided many learning resources for anyone to use. The site brings together resources from their Museums, including activities, games and videos.
  • Pinterest provides many great ideas for parents to keep the children busy!

Give

Carrying out acts of kindness can increase happiness, life satisfaction and general sense of wellbeing. Do something nice for a neighbour, friend or family member. You can also give your time and volunteer to help your community.

Without our volunteer we simply couldn’t do what we do. Our volunteers are the backbone of our charity.

When you volunteer for Dorset Mind, we offer regular contact and support from our volunteer team to ensure you have a great experience with us. We offer the opportunity to gain experience, improve your life skills and develop ideas.

Learn more about volunteering opportunities here.

If you have a story you would like to share you can also become a guest blogger! Find out how you tell your story here.

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