Ideas and links for supporting wellbeing

As churches we are concerned with the overall wellbeing of the people in our communities at this difficult time - below are useful links and resources, grouped into themes around different aspects of health and wellbeing. If you have any other links or stories you would like us to share, please do get in contact.

Connect - with others and with God

Ideas and links for feeling connected to others, and nurturing spirituality while isolated:

Be physically active

Ideas and links for keeping active within current government guidelines

  • Get outside for a walk, run or cycle, while keeping to government guidelines on physical distancing
  • Do some gardening or play some games with family in your garden
  • Consider walking to do your essential shopping or deliver to a vulnerable person (please check government guidelines for up to date information on what is allowed regarding leaving the house)
  • If you are less mobile, have a look for chair exercise classes online, here is an example from the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/sitting-exercises/

Learn new skills

Ideas and links for online classes, and resources for homeschooling children

  • We know there are hundreds of ideas and resources for activities - and interests will vary hugely - so here is a document produced by a member of one of the mutual aid groups around the country with a number of links.

Links for learning resources and support

  • If you have a skill you could share, why not create a video tutorial and help others learn how to do it, or offer online classes via Zoom? Send links to us, and we can share on our social media pages.
  • Read the books you have had on your bookshelf unopened for months (or is that just us?)

Give to others

Ideas and links for giving to others, whatever your circumstances

Take notice of the moment

Ideas and links for staying present and grounded in difficult and unusual times

  • Gentle physical activity like yoga and tai chi (links above)
  • Have a photo competition for your community to take pictures of things they see during their day - in the home or while out for daily exercise
  • Take time to check in with family, friends and colleagues about how you and they are feeling
  • Notice the positives - communities working together, creative ideas for sharing our gifts - there are many responses to inspire hope

Links to other agencies providing support for specific issues that may be affected at this time

Mental Health

Domestic violence

Joining people together locally

Rural church responses and support