KEEP SMILING!

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

 

Mark Twain

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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

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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