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Things to do during Self Isolation…. Staying in is the new going out!

March 2020

You might not be feeling unwell yourself, but it is vital you act responsibly for our NHS and vulnerable members of society by staying at home..  Don’t see staying home as a negative, there are so many things we can do to make this time bearable – or even fun.  Why not try some of our suggestions and let us know how you go on! 

1. Host a virtual dinner party

Sure, you might not be able to head out for a bite to eat and catch-up with friends, but you can all eat your own meals, in your own homes, and chat over dinner with the help of video chat.  The free app I used at the weekend was call Houseparty, this enabled me to include all family members and play quizzes together.  There are loads of systems out there for online chatting like Zoom and facetime.

It is really important to keep contact with your friends and family and without being able to meet up in person a virtual gathering is the next best thing.

Recommended links:
✅ Zoom: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=us.zoom.videomeetings&hl=en_GB

✅ House party https://houseparty.com/

2. Movie night 

Organise a family movie night, get the kids off the computer, grab that bag of popcorn or crisps, turn the lights off and the volume up!  With all of the online streaming services out there such as Netflix and Sky Cinema splash out on a new rental for the night.

Recommended links:
✅Stream Netflix online https://www.netflix.com/gb/

✅Now TV https://www.nowtv.com/watch-movies-online

3. DIY

Have you been putting off those home improvement jobs?  Well now is the time to get going.  Does hallway need a lick of paint?  Choose your colour online and ask a friend to grab it for you and get painting.

With more time on your hands you can identify all the areas of the home that need looking at.  Which of those can you do yourself?  If the job needs a specialist what elements of it can you do yourself to help save you money or to get things moving faster?  Why not plan your new colour scheme with the aid of online tools such as Dulux’s visualiser.

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With all this time spent at home your kitchen is likely to be one of the busiest rooms in your house.  Why not have a good sort out of those cupboards?  Is it time to replace those battered old doors?  Why not start choosing what would look best in your home?  Have a look at how you can improve the functionality of your kitchen, drawers v’s doors.  What about your worktop?  There are loads of different colours and styles you can choose.  Create a mood board on Instagram to help you make all these style choices, ready to get started when Covid-19 is a thing of the past.

4. Take a virtual tour 

Visit some of the world’s top museums online. New York’s Guggenheim Museum allows people to tour some of its collection via Google Street View. Meanwhile Google Arts & Culture gives you access to collections at MoMA, the Van Gogh Museum, and The Met – just to name a few. Other museums like the British Museum have a specific web page for its collection.

Suggested links:
✅The San Diego Zoo has a website just for kids with amazing videos, activities, and games. Enjoy the tour! https://kids.sandiegozoo.org/

✅Tour Yellowstone National Park!
https://www.nps.gov/…/lea…/photosmultimedia/virtualtours.htm

✅Explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover.
https://accessmars.withgoogle.com/

✅Travel to Paris, France to see amazing works of art at The Louvre with this virtual field trip.
https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne

5. Get physical 

There are plenty of online exercise classes you can take to keep up your fitness. You will have probably seen the Joe Wickes PE lessons for children launched this week. A lot of local exercise classes are adapting to these unprecedented times and running their classes virtually.

There are plenty of subscription classes available online too. Davina Mcall is one example of a free online service launched recently.  But for those who are just trying to fill in some time before being allowed to go back to your local gym there are plenty of free workout videos on YouTube.  Why not use the time to try out something new?

Suggested links:

✅Indoor Activities for busy toddlers
https://busytoddler.com/2020/03/indoor-activities/…

✅Free at-home kids yoga lesson plans
https://littletwistersyoga.com/online-store/

To read more about how we, at Granite and TREND Transformations, are dealing with Covid-19 take a look at our blog.  If you would like to talk through how you can improve your kitchen environment why not request a call back?  Our Design consultants can give you a quote over the phone.

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