Staying Positive While stuck at home

Wednesday 7th April 2021

Hello Everyone,

This Easter weekend I made my favourite dish, Paella. The image here is sadly not of the paella I created as it wasn’t around long enough for me to take a photo.

You know a meal is good when you forget to photograph it and post it on social media.

I hope you all enjoyed the weekend in your own ways. Mine was food, yum.

Have a great week,
Bea 🐝



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Thanks to Chris and Michael for sending this video in.

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As well as cutting the grass, opening the gates and emptying the bins we work hard to look after an array of wildlife and diverse habitats. Through our community work, we inspire wonder and care for the environment. With 500 years of history in our roots, we value and showcase London’s heritage, from personal stories to national treasures.

The Best Ways to Stay Positive and Motivated While You’re Stuck at Home
Staying Positive While stuck at home

The Best Ways to Stay Positive and Motivated While You’re Stuck at Home

If you’re still in a state of lockdown, being stuck inside can make life a lot more stressful. But with the right mindset and some fun activities, being stuck at home doesn’t have to be a dreadful event. In fact, there are plenty of things you can do to help you stay positive and motivated so that you’re making the most of your time at home. Here are some tips to help you keep the right state of mind and a list of some activities at home that will keep you occupied until it’s time to head back out into the world.

Tips to Stay Positive During Lockdown
Keeping a positive frame of mind will make lockdown a lot easier on your physical and mental wellbeing. Here are a few tips and suggestions that will promote a positive mindset and help you foster good mental health.

Practice Self-Care
Relax and enjoy some “Me Time.” Since you’re already at home, it’s a perfect time to enjoy a bit of self-care and pampering. Whether there’s a novel you’ve been excited to read or you really want to spend more time soaking in a warm bubble bath, feel free to enjoy an abundance of quality “me time.” Doing so can help reduce feelings of fear, anxiety, and restlessness.

Write in a journal. Using a journal to write down your thoughts and feelings is a very cathartic experience. Take some time every day to write down a list of the things you’re grateful for, or just a journal of what you’re feeling that day. When you write what’s on your mind, you’ll feel a strong sense of release that can be an incredible stress reliever.

Move your body. Being stuck at home doesn’t mean that you can’t take the opportunity to exercise. Try something new while you’re on lockdown, like practicing Yoga at home, or register for a virtual Pilates, or Zumba class. Not only will you be able to keep your body moving, but you might also learn something new and meet a few virtual friends along the way. Exercise is good for your physical and mental health, and it’s a great way to start the day by getting your blood circulating.

Eat healthy food. If you’re a junk food fan, staying at home offers a great opportunity to try some healthy recipes. Look for new ideas online, and create a “healthy at-home grocery list.” You can find scores of healthy food ideas online, or buy a few cookbooks that are packed with nourishing meal ideas. Staying at home provides you with the time and space you need to really think about the foods you eat and what you put in your body so you can look at food in a new, healthier way.

Start a meditation practice. Quiet time at home offers a chance for some meditation. Achieve a state of Zen by dedicating yourself to a meditation session every day. You can set up a space at home for meditation to begin your mornings, or end your days with a meditation session in the evening before bedtime. Whatever time you choose, meditation can help relieve stress and depression and make you feel happier and calmer throughout the day.

Pamper yourself. Make lockdown a chance to really pamper yourself with regular spa days. Light a few scented candles, put on your favorite playlist, and relax in the tub. Treat yourself to a soft bathrobe, and when you’re done soaking, luxuriate in its softness while you do a face mask, manicure, or pedicure.

Get enough sleep. It’s crucial to get proper sleep every night, even while you’re stuck at home. Not having to stick to a schedule outside of the house can make it tempting to stay up late and get little to no sleep. Even if your schedule is flexible now, maintain a daily bedtime and wake-up time. Adults should get at least seven hours of sleep per night for a healthy, productive day.

There are a lot of suggestions in this article about the best ways to stay positive. Too many to post the full article this week. I will be posting a tip a week, but if you can’t wait, click the blue button.

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Our Camden Libraries Newsletter

Last week I did not know how we could sign-up to receive the ‘our Camden Libraries’ newsletter. So, I emailed them to enquire and this is the response I got.

“Anyone can join Camden libraries. It’s free to join and to borrow books. To get started just fill in the online joining form.

The system will give you a temporary membership ID. You can use that ID straight-away to from our Digital library using the PIN number you create when you fill in the form.

If you want to use our library computers or borrow physical items, you will need to bring your temporary ID with photo ID and proof of your address (or two proofs of address if you don’t have photo ID) to your nearest library. “

Our Camden Libraries has kindly offered to add Dragon Hall members to the mailing list only. If you would like to receive the monthly newsletter rather than following the steps above to join a library please add your name to the list.

The button below will take you to an online form where you can add your name and email address, these will be passed on to ‘Our Camden Libraries’ and they will add you to their mailing list only.

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Your Photos

From Fernande:

“I met friends in Cheshunt where we had a 6-mile walk & a picnic lunch. The place is stunning.”

Thank you for these lovely photos Fernande. 

Please share any photos you have taken recently with us. We’d love to see what you have been up to during lockdown, whether it’s gardening, painting, or walking around your local area.

That’s it for this Wednesday. I hope you all have a good week and enjoyed this week’s content from Dragon Hall!

Stay Safe,

Covent Garden Food Bank

Please do contact us if you need a food parcel – CCGG @7Dials can provide you with a free food package each week.

If you need help with shopping, collecting medication or just want someone to talk to by phone – please let us know. You can contact Amber at or you can reach John either at or 07759 646507 in case of an emergency.

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Please do contact us if you need a food parcel – CCGG @7Dials might be able to provide you with a free food package each week. If you need help with shopping, collecting medication or just want someone to talk to by phone – please let us know.

You can contact Amber at or you can reach me either at or 07759 646507 in case of an emergency.

Amber Kahn Cartoon

That’s all for now – You can contact Amber at

Cartoon of John Hayes

……….or you can reach me either at or 07759 646507 in case of an emergency. 

Be safe – and remember to laugh at the little things!