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"The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer someone else up."


Mark Twain


Resources You Might Find Useful

Keeping Fit at Home

NHS Fitness Studio Exercise Videos24 instructor-led videos including aerobics, strength & resistance,  pilates and yoga. There's even a beginner's belly dancing video! All free.

Fitness Blender - have hundreds of free workout videos covering every aspect of fitness at 5 levels of difficulty.

Orangetheory Fitness - is offering a different, free 30 minute work out each day. The focus is on training endurance, strength & power. 

 Tai Chi for Beginners - if you are looking for something gentler,  the directions on this video are really clear and easy to follow. There are also a couple of videos for people with arthritis & other mobility problems.

Advice on How to Cope with Stress & Anxiety


The Secret of Calm -  some very practical coping strategies, whether you have 1, 5, 10, 20 minutes or 14 days to spare.

MIND - have a wealth of suggestions on taking care of your mental health & wellbeing, especially if you are having to spend more time at home.

Guided Breathing Exercise - a 5 minute video that shows you how to use your breath to reduce stress


Family Learning Resources

'Family Lockdown Tips & Ideas' -  Facebook site with loads of activities for kids

Nrich - a great range of games and practical activities devised to encourage the development of children's mathematical reasoning & problem solving for both primary & secondary age pupils. Highly recommended


Audible - are streaming loads of children's audiobooks (and a few for adults) for free whilst schools are closed. 

Book Trust -  have a great selection of storybooks to read online as well as storytime videos, games & activities, mostly for younger kids. However, their Home Time page has lots of quizzes, drawing activities, recipes, etc. to suit older childrem.

STEM Learning - STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) are offering free resources for home learning. There are some excellent ideas for projects, such as 'Movies & Magic' and 'Moon Camp Challenge,' but they will need some adult input, at least to start with.

Five Minute Mum - five minute fun activities to do with little kids


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Recommendations for Feel-good Films, Old & New

(Click on film title to access trailer)

As Good as it Gets –Romantic comedy with  Jack Nicholson & Helen Hunt

Singing in the Rain – Musical with Gene Kelly & Debbie Reynolds

Grease – John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John


Cinema Paradiso – the Italian heart-warming classic


Sunshine on Leith – featuring the music of The Proclaimers

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