Focusing On The Positives

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It’s all too easy to focus on what we can’t do at the moment, rather than on all the free resources that we do have access to! So I’ve collated the best, most entertaining resources that I’ve come across recently and popped them all into one handy list for you here! (I’ll also edit and add more resources as they appear.

  • If you’re a Shakespeare fan and wish you could visit a theatre to watch one of his plays, then now you can. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre will be streaming six free main productions online, plus another 34 from their recent tour, and all details can be found here.

  • If you’re a fan of theatre and enjoy watching the National Theatre Live screenings at local cinemas, pop over to the National Theatre YouTube channel and watch a different play every Thursday evening which is then available for a further week. One Man Two Guvnor’s is available until April 8th (it’s funny!), followed by Jane Eyre (not so funny!) from April 9th.

  • If you love a musical and are partial to a bit of a sing-a-long then this could be great! Andrew Lloyd Webber is streaming one of his musicals every Friday evening on his The Shows Must Go On’ Youtube channel and making them available for 48 hours. Jesus Christ Superstar will be on from April 10th with more to be announced.

  • Missing your cultural fix or wishing you could go and visit the great museums and art galleries of the world? Well now you can with these virtual tours!

  • I’m a big fan of some mindful colouring. If your mind is is overdrive and you need to calm it down (some more tips to come for that!), this is a helpful way to focus on something calming. As it’s not easy for your brain to continue going crazy when you’re concentrating on not colouring outside of the lines. There are lots of free downloadable colouring sheets and this is just one good example.

  • Sometimes we just need some help calming our mind, which in turn helps to relax our body too. There are many meditation apps out there and lots of free meditations online so this is just one of my favourites by The Honest Guys, who just wanted to provide these to help people in the best way they knew how. And I love that.

  • If you want to keep in shape, you have a choice of free online classes! You get to choose from some high intensity workouts and ‘family PE sessions‘ from Joe Wicks (just ignore the adverts at the start!) or some gentler yoga with Adriene. There is now no excuse to still exercise and its also really helpful for your mental health!

  • Okay, so lots of you may know that I do love a bit of dancing and one dance show in particular (and I may have made mention of my favourite ballroom dancer on here…ahem). So if you want a gentler form of exercise than the brilliant Joe Wicks’ morning workouts then you’ve got some easy steps to help you learn some ballroom and Latin dances with Oti and also Anton from Strictly!

  • If you are running out of books, audiobooks or magazines, then don’t forget that if you are a member of your library you’ll be able to download and stream all of these – for free! And if you aren’t a member of your library, now might be a good time to join! More details can be found here.

  • If you missed Andrea Bocelli’s ‘Music for Hope’ concert, streamed live on Easter Sunday from Milan Cathedral, and would like to be moved and relaxed, you can still enjoy it here.

I hope these help and please look after yourself in the meantime,

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