Over the past couple of weeks, we have been providing our students with top tips of the day on our social media page, to provide ideas of different things to either do or think about during lockdown. We hope these have been insightful and they will continue after half term, so please continue to send us your thoughts on any personal tips that have helped you and may help others.
Just like us, if you are trying to think of other ways to make February half term feel different to the rest of the weeks during lockdown, we have a few ideas recommended by the Wellbeing Team:
1. Valentine’s Day
On Sunday 14th February, it’s Valentine’s Day! Why not craft your own card to send to a loved one or bake some heart shaped biscuits to share with your household.
2. Pancake Day
On Tuesday 16th February, it’s everyone’s favourite…Pancake day! Spend an afternoon in the kitchen flipping as many pancakes as you can! There are plenty of recipes online if you want to be more creative than the standard lemon and sugar (which are still our favourite!) Why not try something different, like peanut butter and jelly or a savoury one.
3. Camp Indoors
It’s far too chilly at the moment to be camping in your garden, so why not camp inside! Set up a tent in the biggest room in your house or create a den. Use the dining room table or the backs of your sofa to create a fun space with lots of comfy cushions and blankets.
4. Random Act Of Kindness Day
On Wednesday 17th February, it is national random acts of kindness say. Do something nice for a loved one, neighbour or your community whilst following lockdown rules of course! You could send a gift to a friend to show them how much you care, or why not clean your parents car or offer to walk the dog every day so they can have a rest!
5. Go on a themed walk
Mix up your daily exercise with a Strava map art walk and create a picture line on the map. All you need is the Strava map app on your phone and your imagination!
6. Have a family festival at home
Create the festival vibes at home! Get the face and hair glitter on, maybe a bit of fancy dress, decorate the garden (or a room indoors if it’s too cold!) with bunting and lights and then watch highlights of your favourite festivals online! You can catch most festivals on YouTube, or take a look at the BBC iPlayer for some great Glastonbury highlights!
7. Paint Rocks
During the first lockdown, Covid-19 rock snakes popped up in every village and town and this continued with lots more being hidden in communities. Why not paint your own rock and hide it somewhere, or when you find a painted rock, hide them in a new location!
8. Virtual Day Trips
We may not be able to travel at the moment, but that doesn’t mean you can’t explore some of the UK’s biggest attractions! Many of the biggest tourist hotspots across the country have excellent virtual tours and webcams in place during lockdown. Our favourites are Chester Zoo, Lake District and the National History Museum!
9. Virtual Cookalong / Dinner Party
The idea with the virtual cookalong is you all make the same recipes linked via zoom and then you to eat together and have a chat. You could also create a theme for the cookalong and dress up nice if you fancy!
10. Virtual Sleepover
Similar to the virtual cookalong/dinner party, have a zoom call with your friends and play games, listen to music, get ready for bed, have a virtual midnight feast and then go to sleep!
If you decide to do one of these activities we have recommended and enjoy it, then please let us know and share your experiences!
We hope that you all enjoy a well-earned break during half term and look after yourself and your loved ones. Please remember to stay safe and we look forward to seeing you back after half term.
We have plenty more wellbeing sessions and enrichment activities available when you return to your studies, should you wish to get involved. Follow us on social media or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to keep up-to-date with the wellbeing offer available to you: