Please be aware that due to COVID-19 most of our carers’ groups and events are taking place online rather than face to face. You can still call us on 01992 58 69 69 (9am - 5.30pm Mon - Thurs & 9am - 4.30pm Fri).
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Coronavirus: Self-isolation activity ideas

Ideas for things to do at home to keep occupied, calm and well, during the COVID-19 pandemic

Practising self-isolation and social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic doesn’t have to mean social isolation or boredom. You could take time learning something new, doing some DIY or de-cluttering, or an activities imageactivity you enjoy. Try and vary what you do and make time for yourself away from your caring role.

We’ve prepared examples of a few responsible activities you can do to stay occupied, calm and well, during this public health crisis. You may even be able to do some of the activities with the person you care for:

10 ideas about things to do at home - 10 activities to do at home during self-isolation list

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10 things to do online - 10 ideas for things to do online at home during self-isolation

10 things to learn at home whilst self-isolating - 10 things to learn at home whilst self-isolating

Home exercise suggestions list - Home Exercise Links List

Making a Memory Box - How to make a Memory Box

Young Carers activity ideas and tips - Self-isolation activity ideas for young carers and their families

A list of ways to help reduce stress - Ways to reduce stress

Tips on coping with agitation and restlessness in people with Dementia - Coping with Agitation and Restlessness

Try and maintain a routine, as far as possible, so wake up and go to bed at healthy times to ensure you get enough sleep and avoid falling into a cycle of sleeping, working, eating and repeating.

You should also try and stay connected to people, this could be by phone, email, social media, and through video messaging apps or programmes such as Skype and Zoom. If you don’t have family or friends you can speak to you can call emotional support lines like the Samaritans (call 116 123).

Our New Online Workshops

We are creating some free, online workshops and courses for you to view from home (or wherever you are). We have the following available:

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An Introduction to Better Sleep - This is run over four parts and provides an introduction about what sleep is, why we need it, and what factors contribute to a good night’s sleep. It also includes an introduction to guided breathing exercises and relaxation. The learning time is around 30 minutes. The videos for the workshops are on our YouTube Channel and you can access them via this link - An Introduction to Better Sleep Workshop.

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Resilience Workshop - This is an online version of our popular resilience workshop and it is provided in six parts. Through the series, you can learn techniques to manage the everyday stresses of being a carer and get tips about building support networks and dealing with relationship changes. The learning time is about one hour. You can access the videos here – Resilience Workshop for Unpaid Carers.

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Dealing with Stress - Everyone lives with stress at some stage – and sometimes this can become overwhelming for a carer. This online workshop, a single video which lasts about half an hour, will talk through what the symptoms of stress are and suggest different ways of managing it. The video is available here - Dealing With Stress Online Workshop

Managing Managing Medication ThumbnailMedication - This is a short workshop looking at some of the common questions and issues that people ask about medication being taken by the person they are caring for. Find out about side effects, storage, organisation and much more using an exercise that is taken from our Caring with Confidence course. The video is available on YouTube here - Managing Medication Online Workshop.