Plan for working or studying at home

For working adults

Talk to your manger or supervisor about any policies they have for working from home.

Keep your mind stimulated

Keeping your mind stimulated will help reduce feelings of isolation, anxiety, and claustrophobia.

  • Have a clear out:
    • You could set old possession aside to be donated to charity or a cause you care about
    • Delete old files and apps from your PC or phone, update or upgrade your software, or update your passwords.
  • Write letters or emails, or make phone calls with people you’ve been meaning to catch up with
  • Do any admin tasks that you haven't got around to, for example changing your energy provider
  • Cooking – try out new recipes, slow cook delicious meals, batch cook or meal prep (but be mindful of stock piling food)
  • Try some online learning: the Open University offers a range of courses, or start a MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses). Apps like Duolingo could help you learn a new language
  • Catch up on your CPD folder – you know you want to!
  • Read books you don’t normally have time to read. Your local library may offer e-books, audiobooks or magazines for free, if you're a library member.
  • Listen to music, podcasts, or the radio or update your playlists
  • Play board games and puzzles – Monopoly is often a winner!
  • Catch up on your favourite TV series through a streaming service like Netflix or Amazon Prime.

Find ways to be creative

There are lots of different ways that you can relax, take notice of the present moment and use your creative side.

  • Arts and crafts, such as drawing, painting, collage, sewing, craft kits or upcycling
  • Start of finish that DIY project you’ve been thinking about
  • Colouring
  • Cooking
  • Mindfulness
  • Playing musical instruments, singing or listening to music
  • Writing
  • Exercise, meditation, mindfulness, or yoga (see above)

For parents of children and young people in school or college

Find out from their school what homework and digital learning will be available if they need to stay at home, and what technology they might need. Remember to add time in for breaks and lunch.

If their school has not supplied homework or digital learning, you could encourage your children to select books or podcasts they'd like to explore during their time away from school. You can also think about card games, board games and puzzles, and any other ways to stay active or be creative.

For older teens, there are free online courses they could try out. For example, these could be from FutureLearn and BBC Bitesize.

Your local library might also have online activities or resources you can use.

Think about being more lenient with your children’s social media and mobile phone use during their time away from school.

Children and young people who go to school will be used to being around other children for several hours a day. They might find it difficult to be away from their social circles, especially if they're also worried about their health.

If you plan to work from home, think about how to balance work with caring for your children.

Some employers may ask if there is another adult who can supervise your children while you’re working.

Keeping your kids active

Keeping your kids active will help improve their behaviour, confidence levels, attention, sleep, sense of feeling good and develop strong muscles and bones.

  • Garden games such as football (Top Tekkers App is free for kids), throw and catch, hop scotch, skipping, space hoppers, hide and seek, egg and spoon race, welly wanging, hula hoops and stuck in the mud
  • Indoor games such as board games, puzzles, active games like sardines and hide and seek, colouring in, or reading
  • Encourage them to have their own spring clean and tidy, and donate old clothes or games to a local charity
  • Arts and crafts
  • Change4life has many more ideas to help keep the kids active
  • Staying up to date with homework and further learning. Perhaps try some science experiments

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