8 Ways to Stay Mentally Healthy During Lockdown and Self-Isolation — Anxiety Bear

It’s strange to think that this time last year Covid-19, lockdown and self-isolation were words/phrases that didn’t overly exist in our vocabularies like they do today. It’s almost funny in a ‘if I don’t laugh I’ll cry’ kind of way. Regardless of your situation, you’ve most likely felt the impact of one or all of […]

8 Ways to Stay Mentally Healthy During Lockdown and Self-Isolation — Anxiety Bear

Check-in with People This Winter

I think it’s safe to say that 2020 has been a very unusual year. As lockdown and the wave of disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it is so important to check-in to see how people are doing, especially as we are entering into the winter months.

A simple check-in here and there, when you can, can make the world of difference to somebody’s day, and even their life, and that’s what we’ll be talking about in today’s blog!

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The Return of the Lockdown Poem – The Brown Minimalist

Lockdown has affected each and every one of us in one way or another over the course of 2020. For many, lockdown has left people with a lot more time on their hands, compared to what they are usually used to, and it can lead to people feeling lost over what to do in the day. As England entered their second lockdown, which was to be for a month from the 5th November to the 2nd December, The Brown Minimalist has wrote us a guest poem, which takes a look at some of the things we can do in these unusual times.

I hope you enjoy today’s guest post, be sure to let me know what you think!

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The Lockdown Reflection Poem – The Brown Minimalist

Lockdown has given us all some time to take a step back and reflect on how we see ourselves, as well as how we live our lives. This time has been an enlightening experience for many and has led them to relight their creativity and passion for life itself. Today’s blog is guest poem by The Brown Minimalist, all about The Lockdown Reflection. I hope you all enjoy it!

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Ideas for Lockdown – Blog 13: Play Board Games?

Board Games are a part of life’s whose popularity fluctuates each year. As we all have more time on our hands lately, due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, why don’t we use some of that time to play some Board Games? That’s what we’ll be looking at in today’s “Ideas for Lockdown” post!

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Ideas for Lockdown Series!

The “Ideas for Lockdown” series has been growing rapidly since I started the series back in April 2020, and now has got 12 different blogs, each blog covering a new idea for people to do during the Lockdown that we are all facing! As the series has been growing so fast, I decided to give it its own page, and that is what today’s blog is all about!

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Ideas for Lockdown – Blog 11: Listening to Podcasts?

Podcasts are a form of media that are constantly growing and becoming a major part of people’s lives, and I for one absolutely love seeing new podcasts spring out! As t, why don’t we use podcasts as a way to escape the boredom and panic created by the Coronavirus pandemic. That’s what we’ll be looking at in today’s “Ideas for Lockdown” post!

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Ideas for Lockdown – Blog 10: Listening to Music?

Music is a form of media that connects so many of us in our day to day lives. Music helps us escape from the real world and to express ourselves in our own way. As Lockdown is adding a lot of stress and panic to peoples lives, we are going to explore the difference that listening to music can make in today’s “Ideas for Lockdown” blog!

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Ideas for Lockdown – Blog 9: Catch up on Sleep?

Sleep – Something in life we all wish that we could get a little bit more of, so why don’t we? Lockdown, to many, has resulted in an increase in the time on our hands , time that a lot of people struggle to fill effectively. Today’s “Ideas for Lockdown blog is going to take a look at our sleeping patterns and how we can use the Lockdown to correct them and catch up on sleep!

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Ideas for Lockdown – Blog 8: Checking in on People by Themselves?

Lockdown has hit everybody, each in its own way, but to the people that are living by themselves, it can truly be a daunting and horrible experience to be living in. Being by yourself isn’t a nice position to be in, even in the best of times, and the Lockdown that we are currently facing simply adds to the issue. This is what we will be looking at in today’s Ideas for Lockdown blog!

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Ideas for Lockdown – Blog 7: Write an Article?

Writing an Article is something that a lot of people feel like they would not be any good at when, in reality, it is the complete opposite! I love writing blogs and articles and strongly believe that everyone has their own story, they just need the medium to help tell it! This is what today’s blog in the “Ideas for Lockdown” series is going to be about!

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Ideas for Lockdown – Blog 6: Trace your Family Tree?

Family Trees are things that, to many, are a very important part of their lives. Learning about your family tree allows you to see where your ancestors came from and what sort of lives they lived. With the extra time that some people now have due to the Lockdown, why don’t we look into out Family Trees? That is what today’s Ideas for Lockdown blog is going to be looking into!

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Today’s blog is the sixth blog in the “Ideas for Lockdown” series and is all abut Tracing your Family Tree. The Lockdown that we are all facing has consequently left many of us with a lot more time on our hands compared to what we would have had without it. It can be difficult to find things to do in this spare time and it can leave people feeling very bored and demotivated.

Instead of doing nothing with the extra time we have, why don’t we channel it into doing something useful, such as tracing our family tree? We can use the time we have now to see where we came from and learn more about your family history. Who are where we come from play a massive part in who we are as a person and can play a very pivotal role in our lives.

One of the best things about tracing your Family Tree is that it is just getting easier and easier to do. The rise of technology has brought about many positives for society and life in general and there’s no exception when it comes to tracking your family tree. There are a lot of genealogy sites nowadays that are designed with the purpose of helping you find out more about yourself and your family.

Sites like Ancestory.Com are a great place to start you off with your search and can really open the doors to a rich family history which you may not have been aware of beforehand. If you are nervous about starting and may be worrying about getting lost or stuck, Ancestory.Com even have their own YouTube channel where they give tutorials on how to use their site.

A question that I ask everyone is: What have you got to lose? We have the chance to find out more about ourselves and our families, where can you go wrong?! You may even find out that your family are originally from a different country as to what you’d first expected! One of your ancestors could have been really successful in life and you would never find out unless you actually tried to look!

That’s all I want to talk about in today’s blog! What do you all think? How is everybody doing in Lockdown? Are we enjoying the Ideas for Lockdown series? Are there any more topics that you would like to see me cover? Let me know either in the comments below or through our Facebook page and I will do my best to make your ideas into blogs in the future!

Thank you all for reading and I hope you have a great day!

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Ideas for Lockdown – Blog 5: Visit an Art Gallery?

Visiting an Art Gallery or Exhibit may sound like an impossible thing to do whilst being Lockdown but what if I told you that there was a way to do it from the comfort of your own home? With artwork ranging from Monet, to Van Gogh and Warhol, where can you go wrong? That is what today’s blog is about in the Ideas for Lockdown series!

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Today’s blogs is the fifth blog in the “Ideas for Lockdown” series and is all about visiting an Art Gallery. Similar to what I said in the introduction to this blog, visiting an Art Gallery may seem like a crazy idea to think about when we are all stuck in lockdown, but what if I told you that there was a way to do it from your own home? This is what we will be looking at in today’s blog!

Technology has revolutionized the whole world and has helped us to do things that we never thought possible beforehand. An interesting thing that a lot of Art Galleries have done around the world before this crisis is digitize their whole galleries! This means that all of the art work they have in their galleries is available to view online, anywhere you have access to the internet!

I understand that viewing artwork from a computer or a tablet is not the same as seeing the thing first hand but it does give us something to do and appreciate during this terribly bleak time. If you are a fan of artwork then this could be exactly what you need to see to put a smile back on your face!

If you are wondering which galleries are now available, there are tonnes to choose from! Here are four that I have found:

MoMA – The Museum of Modern Art based in New York

The MoMA Gallery is devoted to artwork from the Modern Era and includes pieces of work such as The Starry Night painting by Vincent Van Gogh, which can be seen above. The museum hosts artwork created by some of the greatest artists of all time including Monet, Picasso and Warhol, to name but a few.

The MoMA: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/moma-the-museum-of-modern-art?hl=en

Uffizi Gallery based in Florence, Italy

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The Uffizi Gallery, designed in 1560 for Giorgio Vasari was originally designed to house the Granducal Magistratures of Tuscany. The Gallery houses tonnes of really great pieces of artwork including the Sacrifice of Isaac, which can be seen in the photo above. The Uffizi Gallery holds host to artwork mainly from the Renaissance era, so if that is style you enjoy looking at, be sure to check it out!

The Uffizi Gallery: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/uffizi-gallery?hl=en

Musée d’Orsay based in Paris, France

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The Musée d’Orsay museum houses artwork created by Van Gogh and Cezanne and has some really great pieces such as The Church in Auvers-sur-Oise, View from the Chevet, which was created by Van Gogh in 1890 and can be seen above. The Museum has some really great collections of artwork which I highly recommend checking out!

Musée d’Orsay: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/musee-dorsay-paris?hl=en

The Tate Britain based in London

The Tate Gallery is one of the largest Museum’s in the United Kingdom and holds some incredible pieces of art such as The Lament for Icarus, which can be seen above. The museum hosts a large collection of the artwork of the United Kingdom since the Tudor times, including the works of J.M.W Turner, who left his collection to the museum.

The Tate: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/tate-britain?hl=en

That’s all I want to talk about in today’s blog! I hope you all enjoy the artwork and the galleries if you decide to check them out. I provided a link to some of their galleries after each one so if you are interested be sure to check them out and let us know what you think!

Thank you all for reading and I hope you have a great day!

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Ideas for Lockdown – Blog 4: Have a Cinema Day?

Everyone always loves watching films but it is something that we all struggle to find time for in our day to day lives. With the lockdown affecting the whole nation, why not use the extra time to watch those films you have been wanting to see for a while? Could even have a whole day dedicated to it if you want! The is what we will be talking about in today’s Ideas for Lockdown blog!

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Today is the fourth blog in the Ideas for Lockdown series and is all about watching films and having a Cinema day/night! Watching a film/movie is a thing that everybody loves to do from time to time. There are millions and millions of different films out there to choose from so why not make the most of it? With the extra time that we have now due to the lockdown, why not have a film day or a movie night? Or even both?

If you’re unsure about what film to watch, the choice is completely up to you! You can watch any film you want too. Whether you are a fan of horror films or comedies, there’s always tonnes of options available out there for you!

If you do not have many DVDs or downloaded films, why not use one of the streaming services? Netflix and Amazon Prime both have a large library full of different films available to watch after a few clicks! With the release of Disney Plus too all Marvel and Disney films are available on one platform and you even get a week to watch them all for free!

Whether you are watching The Lion King or The Wizard of Oz, make the most of the time! Grab some popcorn and a drink and relax and unwind. Could even make it a part of your daily routine. Doing all your usual tasks during the day and then gather round to watch a film and relax in the evening? Whatever you decide to do I hope you enjoy the films/movies!

That’s all I want to talk about in today’s blog! I am going to be going back to posting 3 blogs a week this week instead of the blog a day that I have been doing recently as well, more details about this can be found on yesterday’s blog. The Ideas for Lockdown blog that was originally planned for Wednesday has been moved to new Wednesday now as well. Saturday’s blog will now be about lockdown lessons that we all can learn!

What do you think of today’s blog? Do you enjoy watching movies? Are you going to start having a film night during Lockdown? What are you doing to keep busy during Lockdown? Let me know your answers to the questions above and any other questions or comments you have either in the comments or via our Facebook page!

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a great day,

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