Top Tips for Staying at Home
With most of us in the UK now stuck at home, we've put together some top tips to help including:
Keeping in touch with your family & friends
How to stay healthy & entertained
Minimising your food waste
Helpful Information to Keep in Touch With Your Family & Friends
With the UK lockdown in full effect, there’s never been a more important time to use technology to keep in touch with your loved ones. We’ve put together some top tips of how you can stay connected for free and help the less tech-savvy to do the same.
(Please note – you will need access to Wi-Fi or Mobile data to use any of the below)
If you and the person you’re trying to contact have an Apple device (iPhone, iPad or Mac) you can easily set up a video call by opening the ‘FaceTime’ app, clicking the ‘+’ button and entering the contact name, phone number or email address of the person you’re trying to call. For more tips on how to set this up click here
Skype is software that enables the world's conversations. Millions of individuals and businesses use Skype to make free video and voice one-to-one and group calls, send instant messages and share files with other people on Skype. You can use Skype on whatever works best for you – on your mobile, computer or tablet. Click on the appropriate links below to find out more:
Zoom is another free application that is available on any device that you can use to make audio and video calls with one or more people. To find out how to install and use Zoom click here
Houseparty has gained massive popularity since the world went into lockdown, mainly because you can not only make video calls, but also play games with your friends and family in the app! To find out how to install and use Houseparty click here
WhatsApp has been popular for a few years now, it allows you to text, call, video call and chat in groups to anyone that has access to the app. To find out how to install and use WhatsApp click here
Facebook Messenger does much the same as WhatsApp, with the main difference being that you will need to be signed up to Facebook to use the app. This also means that if you don’t have someone’s phone number, you can still keep in touch with them through Facebook! To find out how to install Facebook messenger click here
Don’t forget about the traditional methods: telephone, write a letter, etc
How to Stay Healthy & Entertained at Home
Since the UK went into lockdown, following the Covid-19 outbreak, we’ve all been trying to find the best ways to stay active and keep ourselves entertained. To help you with this, we’ve put together a list of activities, games, streaming platforms and much more…
Staying Healthy at Home
There are lots of ways to keep healthy and active in the comfort of your own home. We've put together some top tips and ideas that you can put into practice:
YouTube is a great source for workouts that you can do every day at home, whether you're a fitness fanatic or just want to get into shape, have a search on YouTube and see what works for you. Click on the links below to see some of our favourites:
The Bring Sally Up Challenge
The Bring Sally Up Challenge has been around for some time now, but the national lockdown has brought it back to the masses again! Essentially, you play Moby Flower's "Bring Sally Up" song and whether it's push-ups or squats, you go down when the song tells you to go down and up when the song tells you to go up, for the entirety of the song! Click on the links below to see how it's done:
Chair Exercises for the Elderly
No matter your age or level of fitness, there's a workout for you. Click on the link below to see an example of some exercises you can do at home:
Plan Your Meals
With the government only allowing the public to leave the house to get essential goods, there's never been a more important time to plan your meals in advance, make the most out of the food you have in your cupboards, fridge & freezer and cook some nice healthy meals. Click on the links below for some top tips:
Take Care of Your Mental Health
With the social distancing measures in place across the country, it's a difficult time for us all when we can't see our loved ones, especially for those who are isolating alone. Click on the links below to find out more about taking care of your mental health in this difficult time:
Keeping hydrated has shown to boost your immunity, while this may not prevent you from getting the Coronavirus, it's important to keep topped up on water. You should aim to drink 1.2 to 1.5 litres of water every day!
If you're lucky enough to have a garden at the moment, gardening is a great way to get some fresh air and keep your mind and body active. Click on the links below for some top gardening tips:
Keeping Yourself and Others Entertained at Home
Many of us have been stuck at home for weeks now and it can be hard to keep yourself and the family entertained. We've put together a list of ideas to keep you all entertained for the rest of the lockdown:
Learn Something New
You can make the most out of your newly found free time by learning a new skill! From a new language to origami, there's lots of things you can learn, click on the links below for some inspiration:
With all that free time on your hands, it's a great time to get into a new series or find a new podcast to pass the time. We've put together a list of some of our favourite streaming services, click on the links below to find out more:
Quizzes are a great way to get the family together, you can even play quizzes with your friends via a video chat. Click on the links below to check out some of the best quizzes on the web:
Getting the family together can be difficult at the best of times, but when you'll all stuck in the house together, there's plenty you can do to stay entertained together. You can dust off the old board games in the cupboard or get a deck of cards out and play a few card games. For some more ideas of family games you can play in the house click here.
Online gaming may not be for everyone, but if this is your bag then there are thousands of games you can play online with millions of people. To find out some of the games you can play on various devices click here.
You can keep in touch with your friends and family by video chatting, no matter where they are across the world! To see our top tips for staying in touch by video chatting click here.
Social media is a great way of keeping in touch with your loved ones, but it's also a great source of entertainment from funny videos to interesting articles, click on the links below to check out our favourite platforms:
While not all of us are lucky to have a garden, we've put together a list of outdoor activities that you can do in your garden or as part of your daily exercise allowance:
- Daily Walk, Jog or Cycle
- Ball Games
- Balloon Tennis
- Garden Picnics
- Garden Camping
Visit the Theatre or Opera - Online!
You may have thought that with being stuck indoors, the theatre or the opera are out of the question, not so! You can watch some amazing theatre and opera performances from the comfort of your own home. Click on the links below to find out more:
Virtual World Tours
Museums, art galleries and other tourist attractions may be closed across the globe, but you can now go on full tours online. To find out how you can take some amazing online tours, click on the links below:
- The Louvre
- Sistine Chapel
- Guggenheim Museum
- Yosemite National Park
- Van Gough Museum
- The Great Wall of China
- Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
- Yellowstone National Park
- Museum of Modern Art
- San Diego Zoo
- British Museum
Minimising Your Food Waste
Now we’re all being asked to stay at home and minimise our trips to the shop, there’s never been a more important time to make the most out of the Food we have at home. We’ve put together some top tips to get the most out of your fridge, freezer and cupboard supplies!
Planning your meals at the start of every week can ensure that nothing goes to waste! Think about the meals you want to have for the full week, work out what ingredients you need (and quantities) and shop accordingly. Not only will you minimise your food waste, but you'll save money on the food you may have had to throw out!
Make sure that when you've finished your meal, you store the leftover appropriately. This means putting that leftover food into appropriate containers and then storing in the fridge or freezer for a later date, no need to throw anything out!
Clear Out Your Cupboards
Use your spare time to go through your cupboards and organise by the expiry dates, this makes sure that you've got a good idea what options you have in your cupboards and when they need to be eaten by. Make sure that if there's any cupboard food that won't get eaten is given to someone who will, like a neighbour or a food bank.
Keeping on top of the expiry dates in your fridge and cupboards can help to make sure that nothing goes out of date and is wasted! Try and plan your meals around the expiry dates of the produce you have at home and start with the food that's going to go out of date soonest.
Cooking in batches is a great way to save money and stretch out your food supplies. Cooking chilli con carne, a curry or a cottage pie? All of these can be cooked in batches and stored in the freezer for later, just make sure the food has cooled down and the container is sealed properly first.
Root to Stem Cooking
Root to stem cooking means using every possible element of a food ingredient. For example, many of us will not use the large stalk of broccoli, you can actually chop this into slices and cook with the rest of the broccoli, so nothing goes to waste. To find out more about root to stem cooking, click here
You may not always have enough leftover from cooking a meal to save it for later, that doesn't mean you can't get inventive with those last scraps! To find out more about how you can get inventive with your leftovers, click here
Share Your Surplus
If you've recently done a big food shop or just know that there's food in your kitchen that will go to waste, then share it! Offer your surplus food to a neighbour, vulnerable person or a local food bank.
Recipes to Keep You Satisfied
Each week we'll be posting a delicious new recipe for you to have a go at making, click here to check out our range of wonderful recipes.