Making the Most of It - What to do at Home!

So you’re now spending more time at home – you’re thinking . . . brilliant! Get the pyjamas on, fill up a bowl of chocolate and settle in for a well needed movie marathon. Did I just read your mind?

While it’s good to take some comfort in your new-found home life, we can’t deter from the fact that snacks and television will get pretty old, pretty quick. It may sound boring, but right now, preparation, exploration and challenge could be the best thing to keep a healthy mind during this period.

Ever thought ‘I’ve always wanted to do this, but never had the time?’ Well now . . . you can! Just because you’re stuck indoors doesn’t mean you can’t live your life to the fullest! We have put together a few ideas to make the most of your days in:

French, German, Spanish, did you ever learn these at school and then instantly forget them? You can take on a new language with these online courses to help you build a second language fluently. Think of what you could achieve.

https://www.duolingo.com/

Why don’t you visit a museum? Yes, I said that and no I didn’t just forget what this article is all about. You can actually visit 12 famous museums via a virtual tour, giving you the full experience from the comfort of your own living room. Follow the link for more information.  

https://www.parents.com/syndication/museums-with-virtual-tours/

Fancy a trip to space? We may not be getting in a rocket anytime soon but you can explore an open virtual galaxy with this amazing engine. Travel to the stars, land on planets, the possibilities are all there!

http://spaceengine.org/

Don’t fancy the travel? Lucky for you, NASA has released their full media library including photos, videos and sounds. Check out all the amazing discoveries, it’s all accessible and ready to watch.

https://images.nasa.gov/

Getting fed up of day-time television? Well now you can have unlimited access to thousands of books for a 30-day free trial. Absorb yourself in novels, magazines, education, even audiobooks, they’ll be something that’s there for you.  

https://www.scribd.com/readfree?utm_source=readfree&fbclid=IwAR1MmisBYEQRKgY5rispwm-L7uQLXISzWES-3pe0gun0pT7cL7NdjklTs3A

Now we’re spending more time indoors, exercise is more important than ever. Try this online YOGA class with 15 days’ free trial. It’ll get the blood pumping and the body moving.

 https://www.yogaanytime.com

Don’t fancy the zen approach? There are hundreds of exercise classes available – some are even live streamed so you can keep up with all the action.

https://www.verywellfit.com/best-online-exercise-classes-4163381

Want to get creative? There are literally hundreds of art classes available online, covering a wide variety of styles and skills. You’ll be a Picasso in no time.

https://www.creativebloq.com/features/online-art-classes

The creativity doesn’t stop there. Take the time to learn some cooking skills with this free online course. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner will step up their game!

https://www.instructables.com/class/Cooking-Class/

Ever wondered what your great great great great grandfather did? Was he a farmer, a blacksmith or maybe even royalty? You can trace back your family history here:

https://www.myheritage.com

Shall we take in a show? Yes, you can actually go to the theatre with this online tool. Watch hours upon hours of professional stage productions from your own settee, it’s that easy.

https://www.digitaltheatre.com/

https://www.british-sign.co.uk/learn-online-british-sign-language-course/ offer an online British Sign Language course, usually its £25 to enrol but currently they are doing a ‘pay what you can’ scheme starting from just £3.

The current situation can affect everyone’s mental health, especially for those who have existing mental health issues such as anxiety or depression. Meditation can be very beneficial for those right. ‘Calm’ and ‘Headspace’ are both extremely helpful Apps that you can download right now!

Audible have made all their children’s books available for free with no log in needed, just go to the link. There’s a world of literature just waiting to be read.

https://stories.audible.com/discovery

Fitbit are offering a free 90-day trial. It has loads of great recipe ideas and fitness workouts – there’s no excuse now!

https://blog.fitbit.com/letter-from-ceo/:

BT are offering free courses for their New Skills for Tomorrow program. Great for everyone who would like some more help in IT areas:

https://www.bt.com/skillsfortomorrow/work-life/expanding-your-skillset.html

Hogwarts is coming to your home! There’s access to loads of Harry Potter news and articles not to mention games, quizzes and magical craft videos – it’s all magic and it’s all here!

https://www.wizardingworld.com/collections/harry-potter-at-home

What we’re trying to say is, however you use your time over the next few weeks, make sure to dive into new ventures. Use this time for development -  who knows what you’re capable of. In the end, you’ll see the benefit and continue on in your discovery of all things new.

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