Happy Wednesday. I hope everyone is well and happy. This week we have photos to share with you of the Covid memorial wall and the last instalment of ‘staying positive in Lockdown’.
I would also like to share my favourite Lockdown reads with you and would love to hear from you about yours. Use the button to email suggestions and a little message about why you liked the book.
Have a great week,
WHAT CAN I SHARE WITH YOU TODAY?
The Best Ways to Stay Positive and Motivated While You’re Stuck at Home
Maintain a Healthy Environment
Keep your home clean
A clean, decluttered home will make you feel good about your environment. It’s also a great way to have some positive reinforcement while you’re stuck at home. Make a list of daily or weekly cleaning duties, and stick to it. You’ll enjoy a feeling of accomplishment in addition to a clean home. Listen to music or an audiobook to make cleaning enjoyable.
Let the sun and air in
Enjoy a healthy environment by letting some fresh air and natural sunlight in whenever you can. Open your windows, feel the breeze, and pull back the curtains so you can get a little bit of extra vitamin D from the sunshine.
Improve your home
This is a great time to do a little bit of home improvement. Whether you want to tile the fireplace, install a new light fixture, or remodel your entire kitchen, staying at home can give you lots of inspiration and good ideas to make the changes you’ve always wanted to make.
Activities to Do at Home
Remember, just because you’re stuck at home, it doesn’t mean you have to be bored. Try some of these activities at home to keep you entertained, happy, and occupied.
Activities for Kids
Have some fun playing hide-and-seek with the kids while you’re at home. This classic game is a great way to keep kids’ bodies and minds active, and it also encourages them to use their imaginations.
Make a bird feeder
Gather some supplies, and have a crafting day where the kids can make their own handmade bird feeder. This is a great opportunity to teach your kids about the birds in their own backyard while fostering their artistic, creative side.
Collect and paint rocks
Head outside, and have the kids collect a few rocks from the back yard. Bring them in, wash them off, and let the kids have a blast as they paint them in all kinds of fun colors and designs. Older kids might have fun writing inspirational messages on rocks and going for walks to drop them on the sidewalk for someone else to find.
Bake and decorate fun desserts
Since you’re at home, there’s no better time to teach your children the art of baking. Come up with some delicious, fun desserts that you can make together, and let them have a ball decorating cakes, cupcakes, and cookies with colorful icing and sprinkles.
Practice Yoga with Kids
Yoga isn’t just for adults. Look for a few online classes for kids so that everyone in the family stays active and flexible through the lockdown.
Activities for Seniors
Start a Project
Seniors can keep their minds and hands active with a new project like knitting, making art, or gardening. Take up something new, like origami, or look for ways you can upcycle and reuse old items around and turn them into beautiful and useful crafts for the home.
Adopt a pet
Being stuck at home is a great time to consider adopting a pet in need. Check with your local animal shelter or humane society to find out what pets are available for adoption. Pets are a wonderful, constant companion that can make being stuck at home a lot less lonely.
Cook new recipes
Try your hand at some new, creative recipes. From a new crockpot meal to a creative dessert, this is the time to get bold and brave in the kitchen.
Play board and card games
If you can have family or friends over, play a fun board game or a hand of cards together. You can also play a game together remotely online for a fun afternoon activity.
Complete a puzzle. Puzzles can be a wonderful way to keep your mind active and strong. Complete a puzzle or try your hand at crossword puzzles, word searches, or Sudoku so that your mind is constantly working to stay strong. Jigsaw puzzles are fun and challenging and can help you while away the long hours at home.
Just because you’re stuck at home, it doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the moment. Consider these tips and activities to keep your mental health positive and your days occupied. Whether it’s trying your hand at a new hobby, playing games with kids, or doing a little pampering, you can enjoy staying at home with the right tools and mindset.
With that, the last instalment of the ‘The Best Ways to Stay Positive and Motivated While You’re Stuck at Home’ article has been shared. You can read the full piece by clicking the button above.
For years, rumours of the “Marsh Girl” haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet fishing village. Kya Clark is barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when the popular Chase Andrews is found dead, locals immediately suspect her.
I really enjoy reading and Lockdown gave me more time to do so, definitely! I thought it would be nice to share some of my favourite Lockdown reads with you.
Starting with this book by Delia Owens. The main character’s experience with isolation and love of nature definitely came at the perfect time for me to read this book. We were in the middle of the 1st Lockdown and everyone was noticing the emergence of nature in the silence of humanity.
Themes: Mystery, Nature, Romance, Female Protagonist.
Do you have any favourite books you would like to share? Have you been reading during Lockdown?
The National Covid Memorial Wall is a public mural painted by volunteers to commemorate victims of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Stretching more than a third of a mile along the South Bank of the River Thames in London, opposite the Palace of Westminster, and just outside St Thomas’ Hospital, the mural consists of thousands of red and pink hearts, intending to have one heart for each of the approximately 150,000 casualties of COVID-19 in the United Kingdom (at the time of the mural’s commencement). The intent was for each heart to be “individually hand-painted; utterly unique, just like the loved ones we’ve lost”. The mural was organized by campaign group COVID-19 Bereaved Families for Justice, and painting first commenced in the week encompassing the end of March 2021. [source]
Thank you Catherine for sending these photos in.
“The national Covid memorial wall along the Thames South Bank. Very moving”
That’s it for this Wednesday. I hope you all have a good week and enjoyed this week’s content from Dragon Hall!
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