Make the most of your time at home

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It can be tricky to think of things to do after weeks of staring at the same four walls, with the exception of one walk a day or going out to shop for essentials but there are loads of things you can do to make the most of your time inside.  

Try something new 

It’s easy just to spend all day on Netflix, you think ‘just one more episode’ which turns out to be 10 more episodes and then its 3am and you really should be sleeping.  

Although difficult, situations like these can sometimes be the best time to take on a hobby you would have never thought of before. Here are some of our suggestions: 

Catch up on reading 

Do you have a pile of books you have been meaning to read for the past six months? Now is a great time to chill out with a good book and lose yourself in a world or learn something new.  

Think about joining an online book club and meet new friends and get some book suggestions while staying at home or maybe get your friends involved and host an online book club. You can find top tips for creating a book club here to get you started here is a list of popular book recommendations.  

Get puzzling  

While all non-essential shops are closed many shops are still delivering, including Amazon! Puzzles has seen a surge in demand recently, with everyone staying inside Puzzles are a great way to spend your day.  

Learn a language 

Learning a new language can take time but is a rewarding way to enjoy you day and end with a new skill. While we can’t travel right now you can plan a trip and learn a language so you can make the most of the trip when we are able to travel again. 

There are lots of FREE online resources to help you learn. From open university courses in French and Spanish to podcasts to help you learn or if you would like a fun way to learn while doing something amazing for others helps you to learn a language and for every question you answer correctly they will send rice to those in need. 

Learn a new skill 

There are lots of online resources to help you learn a new skill for free. Online resource Skill Share are offering a two-month extended free trail during COVID-19 isolation. You can learn anything from learning to paint to learning to play piano.  

Maybe ask your friends if they would be willing to share a skill with you and teach you through video chat. You never know what hidden talents your friends have.  

Stay Social 

While we may be practicing social distancing, this doesn’t mean we can’t stay social. Online group chats and activities can be a great way to keep in touch with friends while staying distant. Even giving a family member a call can make a difference while we’re all feeling alone. 

  • Set up a regular group chat – Get your friends together on a regular basis and stay in touch by hosting an online video chat. 

  • Call your family – If you live away from family members now more than ever is a time to call them and catch up. Arrange a regular day to call and have something to look forward to. 

  • Host a Netflix party – If you’re into movies Netflix party is a way you and your friends can stream the same movie and chat (your friends will all need Netflix subscriptions to use this service). 

Get streaming 

After a day of learning new skills and catching up streaming can be a great way to relax. Lots of online streaming services are offering extended services during COVID-19 isolation period.  

Now may be a great time to look a new streaming services other than Netflix to expand your horizons, here are some new streaming services to try out while in self-isolation: 

  • Disney+ - Perfect for any Disney fan and they are currently offering a 7-day free trial. 

  • Marquee TV – Missing Theatre while in self-isolation? Marquee TV offer lots of theatre, ballet and opera performances and they are currently offering a 30-day free trial. 

  • BFI Player – BFI player offers small indie movies the chance to shine with a mix of free archive movies to new classics for rental. 

  • Crunchyroll – Are you a fan of Anime? Crunchyroll are a free streaming service for Anime fans. 

  • Viki – Fan of Asian dramas and movies? Viki is a free service with lots of variety. 

  • Spuul – One for fans of Bollywood. Spuul offer hours of Bollywood movies for a one-month free trial.  

Beyond TV and Movie streaming there are lots of businesses coming up with ways to keep everyone entertained at home. Zoos are live streaming enclosures so you can live stream hours of ‘aww’ content from the comfort of your home. Galleries and Museums are also getting creative with interactive tours of their exhibits.  


If you give any of these a try, make sure to share your tips of social media with us!   

Or join our Facebook COVID-19 support group   


Stay well,  

Love your SU Southend team xx 


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