To say it’s a tough time right now is an understatement.
But provided you and yours are safe and healthy, one of the main challenges families across the UK and further afield are facing is how to keep as healthy and happy as possible while cooped up
together at home.
If you want to protect your mental and physical wellbeing and preserve household harmony, here are five fun family distractions during lockdown.
1. Stellar education
Are your kids fascinated by the cutting edge science and technology applied to space travel?
Then check out Learning Space with NASA at Home – this fantastic free resource includes instructions on making a moon journal or cardboard space rover vehicle, a slideshow revealing secrets of the universe and a game about building your own space mission.
When it comes to combining fun and education, Learning Space is out of this world!
2. Emotional intelligence
Fancy reading about some of history’s best ideas on life’s big questions, drawn from major figures in diverse fields like literature, art, psychology and philosophy?
Then you’ll love dipping into The Book Of Life at theschooloflife.com. You can top up your emotional intelligence with fresh perspectives on hot topics like embracing confinement, keeping calm and adapting parenthood practices in ever-changing environments.
3. Live music
Music is one of the most unifying and cathartic forces on the planet, and its power to transport us from our worries, even temporarily, has never been more evident than at present.
If you’re a live music fan feeling frustrated because upcoming concerts have been cancelled, find some solace in #TogetherAtHome from Global Citizen – a regularly updated library of special live and pre-recorded performances from awesome artists like Dermot Kennedy, Gloria Gaynor, Grace Weber and Jonas Blue.
4. Keep fit
The old adage ‘healthy body, healthy mind’ is super important while your time in the great outdoors is restricted.
And it turns out that you don’t need a gym or expensive equipment for you and your kids to get your pulses racing and muscles toned – ‘P.E. with Joe’ is a series of fantastic home workouts from keep fit guru Joe Wicks based on simple bodyweight exercises and it’s taking the internet by storm. It’s aimed at kids but parents can join in too – visit thebodycoach.com for the lowdown.
5. Online degrees
If you’ve been considering a career change for some time and being at home is bringing your work situation into even sharper relief, perhaps it’s time to consider studying for a vocational qualification that can help you change course?
The digital marketing BSc from Anglia Ruskin Distance Learning is a fine example of the type of qualification that you can study flexibly in order to enter a new and exciting sector – without compromising family and work commitments.
These lockdown distractions can help combat the challenges of communal living – choose those that best suit your needs and use them to boost body and mind.
That’s our list! Share your own family lockdown tips in the comments section.