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Feel-good things to do if cabin fever has set in

We’ve rounded up some lovely things to do when you need a little pick-me-up. From learning a new skill to exploring faraway places, there’s plenty to do when you’re indoors.

Stretch it out - Start the day right with a five-minute wakeup workout to burn calories, ease aches and pains, boost your mood and feel more alert. The NHS Live Well website has some great stretching exercises for all ages – including one you can do in bed! Visit www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise

Curl up with a favourite book - Escape into the pages of a great mystery, an adventure or a love story. If you’re in need of something new, explore the world of free online books at the likes of
www.readanybook.com or try audiobooks if you’d prefer to have your own storyteller.

Do a home workout - There is an entire universe of free exercise classes available on the internet. Lots of celebrity trainers are live streaming classes from home and others are giving free access to content that is usually paid-for. The NHS Fitness Studio is also providing a range of on-demand classes, from post-natal yoga to belly dancing. Find it at www.nhs.uk/conditions/nhsfitness-studio

Create a theatre in your living room -  The National Theatre is broadcasting some of its most popular productions during lockdown every Thursday night at 7pm, including the comedy Two Guvnors, starring James Corden. Each show is available on demand for seven days. There’s a wider list of performances on www.filmedonstage.com

Learn something new - Always wanted to learn how to play that guitar you bought years ago? Or would you like to revisit an interest in drawing you had at school? Websites like
www.skillshare.com and YouTube have online tutorials on every subject you can imagine and quarantine means you’ll have privacy while you practise.

Meditate - If you’ve ever considered the mind-calming practice of meditation but felt like it was silly, or you just didn’t have the time to simply sit still and quieten your brain, now’s the time to give it a try. There are lots of free apps and websites with endless guided meditation, including
www.freemeditations.co.uk

Play with animals online - Head to www.petcube.com where you can control the toys in a shelter and play with the animals in real time from their app. You can also watch live animals in their natural habitat, at www.explore.org/livecams to enjoy a spot of wild nature.

Cook something lovely - Make your favourite comfort food. Bake yourself a cake. Dig out the recipe books and discover something new and healthy. Chef Jamie Oliver shares recipes, tips and hacks on how to make the most of what's in your kitchen cupboards in a new show ‘Keep Cooking and Carry On’, on Channel 4.

Enjoy a gig from the comfort of your sofa - Lots of artists and musicians are streaming performances online for free, for example Rock the Lockdown on Facebook promises to bring you a ‘festival in your front room’.

Indulge in virtual karaoke - Famed karaoke bar Lucky Voice is offering people a month's free subscription to its karaoke service. Head to their online karaoke player at www.luckyvoicekaraoke.com and enter code LUCKY20 then sing your heart out! FaceTime friends and family so they can join your party.

Explore some art and artefacts - Twelve amazing museums around the world are offering virtual tours of their exhibits and stunning surroundings – a great way for older kids to continue their learning. There’s a full list at www.travelandleisure.com

Create a happiness jar - Every time you or your family think of something you wish you could do, jot it on a piece of paper and pop it in the jar to revisit and complete when life gets back to normal.

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29 April 2020

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