It can be difficult to manage your anxiety and stress levels during the coronavirus crisis, especially if you have a chronic illness such as arthritis. But keeping your mind healthy is as important as looking after your body.
We’ve put together a list of free resources to help look after your wellbeing – and some cultural resources to help you through lockdown.
If you have found any really useful resources that you would like to share with Arthur’s Place, please email email@example.com and we will add them to the list!
To find links to the most up-to-date medical advice for people with arthritis during the coronavirus outbreak, click here.
Mental health and wellbeing resources
Mental wellbeing while staying at home: NHS tips
Government advice: Guidance on mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus crisis
Samaritans: Supporting you through the coronavirus outbreak
Free anxiety toolkit: www.calmer-you.com/free
Coronavirus and your wellbeing: Advice from Mind
Looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak: The Mental Health Foundation
What to do if you’re anxious about coronavirus: Young Minds
Versus Arthritis: The benefits of meditation, tai chi and yoga
We Are Undefeatable: Ways to get moving around the home
Beat Eating Disorders: Eating Disorders and Coronavirus
OCD-UK: OCD and Coronavirus Top Tips
The Guardian: How to manage coronavirus anxiety
Cultural and creative ideas
Government website: Culture at your fingertips from home
March Network: Creative Isolation
Live stream directory, collating live streams and videos featuring performance art and concerts from all over the world: Social Distancing Festival
The Guardian: Classical Music and Opera livestreams
The Guardian: Music and theatre available online
Museum and gallery collections and virtual tours: Open Objects
Instagram creative challenges:
#ArtfulDailyChallenge prompts from @artfulbox
#FunWithFaces prompts from @charlyclements
#QuarantineArtClub prompts from @gooddayclub
#DrawAtHomeClub prompts from @yeahyelhsa
Twitter creative challenges:
Noel Fielding’s Art Club @noelfielding11
Noel Fielding pics a theme and invites everyone to share their artwork. Kids especially welcome. Winners are chosen by a celebrity judge.
64 Million Artists – Create to Connect
The British Museum: https://britishmuseum.withgoogle.com/
The Guggenheim Museum, New York: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/solomon-r-guggenheim-museum
Musée d’Orsay, Paris: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/musee-dorsay-paris
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/van-gogh-museum?hl=en
Uffizi Gallery, Florence: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/uffizi-gallery
Timpson The Musical. Musical comedy imagines the founding of the popular shoe repair chain as a union between two companies, the Montashoes and the Keypulets. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfzOOWCi8Ag&feature=youtu.be
Wind in the Willows Musical: https://www.willowsmusical.com/
Showstopper! The Improvised Musical – on Facebook live: https://www.facebook.com/theshowstoppers/videos/918352645246170/
The 24 Hour Plays: https://www.instagram.com/24hourplays/
The Globe Theatre. Watch (paid for) theatre performances from the Globe Theatre. Free content includes interviews and behind the scenes footage: https://globeplayer.tv/
Royal Opera House: https://www.youtube.com/user/royaloperahouse
Endless Story Ideas – free course: https://www.creative-writing-now.com/
10 Creative Writing exercises: https://www.tckpublishing.com/creative-writing-exercises/
Tutorials to draw animals, people, flowers, landscapes and more: https://www.creativebloq.com/features/how-to-draw-animals-people-landscapes
Free online Life Drawing tutorials: https://www.lovelifedrawing.com/
Virtual Reading Groups
Lost in a Good Book: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1715381925391873/
#GreatBritishHomeChoir – Gareth Malone virtual choir – Sign up here: https://decca.com/greatbritishhomechorus/
The Sofa Singers is a free & weekly online singing event that aims to bring people together from around the world to spark joy and human connection: https://www.thesofasingers.net/
The Solidarity Sessions, a new concert series by the World Health Organisation and non-profit org Global Citizen – Chris Martin and John Legend have performed over Instagram so far. #TogetherAtHome.
Knitting and Sewing – brilliant tutorials on this website. https://www.purlsoho.com/create/category/new-posts/new-tutorials/
Free knitting/crochet patterns:
https://attic24.typepad.com/ (scroll down, bottom left)
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