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Social connections with people around us: colleagues, friends, family and loved ones. can make us feel happier. Here’s some ideas for how you can connect more even while at home
- Make time to check on friends, family and colleagues- this could be a quick conversation by telephone or face to face meeting over video calls
- Don’t forget to check on those who may live on their own and may be particularly affected by social isolation at this time
- Vitually attend social events and take up opportunities for meeting new people including the ones taking place virtually during the lockdown
- Waltham Forest Culture has now launched Virtual Culture Programme 2020 where residents can access varied cultural activities from the comfort of their homes
- Contact Good Samaritans if you are worried and need to talk or contact Waltham Forest Talking Therapies if you are feeling anxious or depressed
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Continually mastering new skills, improves self-esteem and reduces depression and anxiety. Now is the perfect time to learn that language you have always wanted to
Waltham Forest Adult Learning service have a variety of courses you can get involved in ranging from creative courses, business and administration to gardening. The team also support with apprenticeships where people can get qualified whilst earning.
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Physical activity such as walking, jogging, exercise and sports not only great for our physical health but is known to be one of the best ways to make you look and feel good.
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Taking time out to reflect on our experiences, being aware of our feelings, what matters to us and the beautiful world around us can help us be more self-aware and foster our values and happiness. Taking notice of our surroundings can seem difficult during quarantine but here are some ideas you can still enjoy while at home:
- Notice the seasons changing in your garden, local parks, or out of your window.
- Taking notice is also about taking time to reflect on what matters most to you
- This is a good time to reflect on what makes you happy, your passions likes and dislikes.
- Take free online mindfulness training on the Good Thinking website.
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Giving or volunteering your time, resources or ideas to a cause you are passionate about, can be very rewarding and lead to a feeling of being useful and appreciated by others and has been shown to improve our feeling of happiness. Remember that by taking care of ourselves we are better equipped to take care of those we love and care about. Here are a few opportunities to volunteer your time for during the covid-19 epidemic:
- Give time to a friend or family member and listen to how they are and what is going on for them.
- Find ways you can help through our Community Help Network. Voluntary activities may include delivering food via foot or car, packing at food banks, administration and phone contact for those isolating.
- If you are able to, donate to one of the many charities supporting people during this difficult time.