Mental Health

If you are struggling through these times, there are things to do to help yourself.

NHS: Every Mind Matters
NHS: Every Mind Matters

The NHS recommends:

  1. Stay connected with people
  2. Talk about your worries
  3. Support and help others
  4. Feel prepared
  5. Look after your body
  6. Stick to the facts
  7. Stay on top of difficult feelings
  8. Do things you enjoy
  9. Focus on the present
  10. Look after your sleep

For more detailed information, go to:

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

Things to do in lockdown – Learn a new language

You might find that you have some spare time on your hands.

This might be the perfect time to start learning a new language. Always wanted to learn French, brush up your Irish, or learn Swahili?

There are several websites and apps designed to help you learn. The most popular is Duolingo – and you can sign up for free.

https://www.duolingo.com

There are also Youtube channels such as Rock ‘n Learn that are designed to help children (& adults) learn another language through fun songs.

Rock ‘n Learn on Youtube

There are, of course, other places such as Open University or Rosetta Stone (note this site is NOT free), and I am sure you can find plenty of others.

So happy learning!

Things to do while isolated – Keeping Fit

As this time of social distancing goes on, it becomes more and more important to do some sort of exercise to keep fit and and active.

There are all sorts of things available to help us do that, from apps to websites, to Youtube channels.

Websites like walkit.com allow circular walks of various lengths to be followed. Just put in your starting point, how long you’d like to walk, and your walking speed, and it will do the rest.

http://walkit.com/circular-walks/

Or you’ve heard of Joe Wicks and his morning workout classes for kids (and adults!):

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Things to do while isolated – Museums

London has many world-famous museums. We can’t go to them in person at the moment, but we can visit museums from all around the world -online!

This list compiled by TimeOut has links to virtual walk-throughs for several of the world’s best museums. These include:

  • The British Museum, London
  • Guggenheim Museum, New York
  • Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
  • Musée d’Orsay, Paris
  • Uffizi Gallery, Florence

Explore!

British Museum
British Museum

https://www.timeout.com/travel/coronavirus-virtual-museum-tours

Things to do while isolated – Travel

With people on lockdown, planes grounded and borders closed, we won’t be going on a holiday any time soon.

So here is a list from TimeOut of places to visit without leaving your home. All of these panoramas can be seen on Google Street View. They include views from:

  • The Shard, London
  • Sacré-Cœur, Paris
  • Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur
  • Top of the Rock, New York
  • Sugarloaf Mountain, Rio de Janeiro

14-world-famous-city-views-you-can-see-from-your-sofa

Things to do while isolated – Music

This period of enforced isolation is going to be hard for many people, so what can we do if we can’t go out?

Many musicians are making old performances available online, or creating new music in their (sometimes temporary) homes. This is a random selection of a couple of examples, to show what is out there – and it is free! Chances are your favourite musicians are doing something.

London Symphony Orchestra:

https://lso.co.uk/whats-on/watch-online.html

Rodrigo y Gabriela:

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Clap For Our Carers – Tonight

At 8:00 pm tonight, Thursday 26 March, there will be a social event to celebrate the efforts of everyone fighting coronavirus. All you need to do is open a window …

A message from Age UK in Camden

Resilience Care Package

We are here for all the older people in Camden who need us. We understand the anxiety as well as the practical ramifications in this situation, we are supporting an increasing number of older people and their relatives who are reaching out to us for help in response to this we have put together a Resilience Care Package.

Resilience Care Package to include:

  • Emergency food parcels
  • Internet shopping
  • Information and advice hotline
  • telephone befriending service
  • telephone counselling service
  • Online book club
  • Live streaming of our lunchtime music recitals

Our staff are working around the clock to respond to this situation and ensure we can meet the needs of the most vulnerable in our community.

Call 020 7239 0400 or 020 7837 3777 for more information

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/camden/

Free Social Media Course

The Ampthill Square Community Hub is running a free introductory course on how to use social media, funded by Camden Council. Please book a place if you feel this would help you.

Venue:Ampthill Square IT Hub
Date:Wednesday, 25th March
Times:Morning 10:30 am – 1: 00 pm — Beginners
Afternoon 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm — Improvers

You can book for the morning, afternoon or both sessions.

Tea and coffee will be available and lunch will be provided.

  • Laptops and computers available to use or bring your own device

The course will cover:

  • Identifying what you want from social media
  • An overview of the different social media platforms: which is/are the best for you?
  • Setting up a Facebook page and a Facebook group; Setting up a Twitter account
  • Making social media work for you
  • Tips and ideas for generating content and building a following

Contact Sarah Moore to book your place — sarah.e.moore@camden.gov.uk or call 020 7874 5986

Please state: Course date, morning/afternoon/both sessions and advise of any dietary requirements