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:
- Barnet COVID-19 Mutual Aid: www.facebook.com/groups/215636692879586/?ref=share
- Barnet Council’s page on Covid-19: www.barnet.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19-latest-information-and-advice
- Enfield COVID-19 Mutual Aid: www.facebook.com/groups/221075632630141/?ref=share
- Enfield Stands Together – Enfield Council and Enfield Voluntary Action have brought together key local partners and organisations so that we have a coordinated effort across our borough to organise volunteers and those who need help.
- Haringey COVID-19 Mutual Aid: www.facebook.com/groups/201573454403978/?ref=share
- Haringey Council Connected Communities Covid-19 Contact line: 0208 489 4431 and www.haringey.gov.uk/community/connected-communities for people who are worried about the impact of the virus on their money, accessing essential items or getting support.
Choirs – these are moving online too:
- Gareth Malone’s online choir: www.decca.com/greatbritishhomechorus/
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
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
- Shopping – supermarkets will take phone orders (inc. payment) and orders can be collected by neighbours.
- If you would like to get involved in your local community to offer support without putting yourself at risk here is a Viral Kindness Leaflet you can download and distribute to your own neighbours: www.drive.google.com/file/d/1L_8GoI1zQ572fBZtElFfQZI9vNEwK7Rf/view
- Borrow free e-books and audiobooks through your library. You do need to be a member and have a library card PIN:
- Looking after kids? Here are 25 non-screen ideas: www.t.co/wWIPwVVEUJ?amp=1
- Lots of ideas here to relieve boredom: www.chatterpack.net/blogs/blog/list-of-online-resources-for-anyone-who-is-isolated-at-home
- Need some light relief? Try some happy news! www.thehappynewspaper.com/
There are lots of free videos online. Here are a few we’ve come across:
Free guided meditation with Isha Kriya: www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwQkfoKxRvo
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/
- From yoga to cross-fit: The Guardian’s best online home workouts
- Couch to 5k: Assuming we’re allowed out, you might like to take on this challenge www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/couch-to-5k-week-by-week/
- Gym-free workouts: www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/gym-free-workouts/
- National Trust is aiming to keep its open spaces accessible
- BBC article with different ways to stay active: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51933762
Culture, the arts and hobbies
There’s lots of free stuff popping up to keep you culturally active:
- Free concerts by the Berliner Philharmoniker: www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/live
- 34 museums and galleries with free virtual tours: www..secretldn.com/virtual-tours-museums-galleries
- Free opera from the Met in New York: www.metopera.org/about/press-releases/met-to-launch-nightly-met-opera-streams-a-free-series-of-encore-live-in-hd-presentations-streamed-on-the-company-website-during-the-coronavirus-closure/
- There’s even a self-isolation bird club on Twitter: www.twitter.com/SIBirdClub
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.