Welcome to the Bridge Academy Trust wellbeing page. All of us have found ourselves in uncharted territory and the need to adapt our lifestyles recently, what with social distancing, self-isolation, home schooling, keeping ourselves entertained in different ways, getting used to working from home and the bombardment of information and misinformation that we face daily.

In light of this we have gathered, what we hope, are some useful tips and practical links to help you and your families through this strange and confusing time.

Below are links with suggestions to help you keep fit, manage your time, connect with friends and family, entertain yourself and de-stress. We’ve even found some recipes that might be useful. It’s been quite a revelation finding old tins lurking forgotten in the cupboard, even a packet of fish fingers at the back of the freezer can be cause for much celebration!

We will be adding to the list as we find more blogs, vlogs and podcasts to amuse and inform.  We hope you find this site helpful and we would be delighted if you would share with others.

What are you up to in lockdown?

We love to hear what you are getting up to during lockdown, here is one of our Year 10 students, Sienna from Moulsham High School. Sienna undertook this fundraising initiative on her own, writing and performing the song and putting together the video to help the NHS.

Keeping Fit

Emotional Wellbeing

Nobody was prepared for the events that have happened recently and the complete chaos that it has caused us professionally, personally and emotionally.  It’s important that we take time to look after our mental wellbeing too.

Plan Ahead

Spend a few minutes before bedtime to prepare for the next day. If you’re working during the lockdown, you’ll probably be doing this already. If not, it will give structure to your days.

If you’re not working, is there any particular “To-Do” item you want to tick off? An exercise routine to try out? How about making a list of friends to call, or which online classes you want to take?

Preparing a daily routine – and maintaining it – will give a sense of control over your life. We’re on lockdown and our movement is limited, so don’t underestimate the importance of being in control of some aspects of your life.

Home Schooling

Your individual schools will be providing guidance but here are some interesting links and practical tips.

Things to do at Home

Educate yourself

Take online courses; there are so many outlets to choose from. From Google to Udemy and SkillShare, you’d be able to learn anything from online marketing to art techniques and life hacks, many of these sites offer free courses too.

Keep Connected

How to stay sane during the lockdown! You can still stay in touch with family and friends, just do it digitally!

We need our friends and family more than ever, it is surprising what a difference it can make to a day of isolation, and to your spirits in general, to see your friends’ faces in the evening and hear them talk and laugh. Do the same social things but do it over Zoom, Skype, FaceTime or WhatsApp.

 “I had Skype drinks with two of my friends last night. We arranged that we were all going to drink red wine. And for an hour and a half we just sat and chatted."

Remember to check in with your loved ones, call them, Skype them, send them funny SMS’s. With so much social media there’s no excuse not to stay in touch.

Try virtual games nights; cocktail hours??

You can do a 40 minute Zoom video chat for free!

How to set-up a WhatsApp Group Chat (don’t forget the wine!)

To make a group video call from an individual chat:

  • Open the chat with one of the contacts you want to video call.
  • Tap Video call.
  • Once the contact accepts the call, tap Add Participant.
  • Search for or select another contact you want to add to the call. If prompted, tap ADD.

That’s Entertainment

The world revolves around more than just news updates, and the worst thing you could do during a lockdown is watch hourly updates of what is happening in the world without any other forms of entertainment.

Make a list of all the movies and shows you’ve been meaning to watch or books to read, but never got around to.

Go on a virtual tour of thousands of museums from around the world. But if you want to minimise your screen time, stock up on books, board games and puzzles. The artists among us can keep their craft supplies handy.

If for nothing else than to experiment, invest in a sketch book and pencils. Maybe it’s your thing and you just don’t know it yet.

Why not visit the Google Arts and Culture pages where you can explore by time and colour or zoom in to paintings to experience them like never before or just choose an artist enjoy some amazing pieces of art.

Why not have an online Quiz Night with family and friends via Zoom or Houseparty? You can nominate a quizmaster to prepare a set of questions, use questions from a board game or look online for some free quizzes.  Here are some we’ve found:

Got Netflix?

A new way to watch Netflix together

Netflix Party is a new way to watch Netflix with your friends online. Netflix Party synchronizes video playback and adds group chat to your favourite Netflix shows.

Join over 1,000,000 people and use Netflix Party to link up with friends and host long distance movie nights and TV watch parties today!

Start a new hobby

Start painting, grow herbs, learn how to knit, teach yourself how to dance. There is quite literally a YouTube video for everything. To grow herbs, all you’ll need is a sunny window sill, a pot or two and seeds.

Try pickling: it’s the perfect activity with added benefits for a lockdown. You can pickle anything from mushrooms, beans and onions to peaches, peppers, strawberries, tomatoes and ginger.

Stay Healthy – Food

As many of us will be stocking up, look for advice online on how to prepare your own canned food which is not full of artificial preservatives and flavouring. Also think about ways to use up left over ingredients and to minimise food waste.

Here are some of our favourites:

If you haven’t caught it already Jamie Oliver has a new series started this week on Channel 4 called Keep Cooking and Carry On, with lots of store cupboard recipes – on at around 5 pm.

Get Baking!

Why not try making your own bread?

Reflections

3 - Lockdown

5 - Connectivity

Virtual Travel

Can’t get to your holiday destination?  Why not go on a virtual tour of the world from the comfort of your sofa and get inspired for your next holiday destination!