Wellbeing Support During Self Isolation

Ideas to help us stay connected 

Remaining connected to your and our communities in the coming weeks and months will be vital to our mental wellbeing. There are lots of support services springing up to help people remain socially active and gain or offer help. So, we’ve put together guidance on who’s offering what and ideas on staying in touch with friends and family that we hope you’ll find useful.

Community action groups

Join a community action group to support your neighbours. 

Compassionate Neighbours Our own neighbourhood support project for those facing life limiting illness is more vital than ever at this time. Our trained volunteers are staying in touch with those they support via phone and video. We’re still accepting new referrals – including ones for people who might need some phone support to see them through this period of uncertainity – and (remotely) introducing those in need with people who want to help a neighbour in need in their community. For more information on Compassionate Neighbours visit our website: www.northlondonhospice.org/for-volunteers/compassionate-neighbours

Other action groups we’ve heard about are:

Social groups

Choirs – these are moving online too:

Create your own virtual group:

  • A virtual book club – choose a book that you are all going to read and arrange a zoom meeting at a convenient time when you can all get together to discuss.
  • A virtual cooking club – set up a WhatsApp group to share recipes and try them out
  • A virtual dinner date – agree a time when you are all going to meet live on Zoom, have your dinner and a glass of wine ready and eat, drink, chat as you usually would if you were face to face in a restaurant.
  • A virtual talent night 
  • A Netflix Film Club – for those who have Netflix, you can download a Chrome Extension called Netflix Party and watch a movie together with friends and chat online with them at the same time. chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/netflix-party/oocalimimngaihdkbihfgmpkcpnmlaoa?hl=en 
  • I’m stuck at home but still want to have fun: www.facebook.com/groups/783940375464197/?ref=share 

Virtual meetings

We’ve found Zoom is one of the easiest online meeting spaces to use. You can sign up for a FREE account which enables you to host meetings for up to 40 minutes with up to 100 participants. You just need a webcam, microphone and speakers (e.g. iPad, smartphone or laptop). www.zoom.us

Here’s a recording of how to use it: www.youtu.be/-ik5o6WptX0 

Help with self-isolating

Keeping healthy

There are lots of free videos online. Here are a few we’ve come across: 

Meditation

Free guided meditation with Isha Kriya: www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwQkfoKxRvo

Mindfulness

Insight Timer is a free app that some of our hospice staff use and highly recommend. There are thousands of guided meditations and practices to be accessed. www.insighttimer.com/

Keeping/getting fit

  • From yoga to cross-fit: The Guardian’s best online home workouts

www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/mar/15/from-yoga-to-crossfit-the-10-best-online-home-workouts

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/days-out/regionlondonsoutheast/london

Culture, the arts and hobbies

There’s lots of free stuff popping up to keep you culturally active:

Even if you’re self isolating by yourself, you don’t have to feel alone. We hope some of these suggestions help you remain connected. 

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