Ideas to keep your spirits up

By | October 19, 2020

This week, I’ve pulled together some ideas for keeping yourself chipper during what could feel like a very long winter.

There are lots of things out there online to entertain you, without you having to leave the house, and here are some of the highlights I’ve found:

Free plays, stage shows and musicals online

If you’re into theatre, you can watch various shows online even though you can’t get out to see things in the real world at the moment.  A lot of the shows you can watch for free are either on YouTube or BBC iPlayer, but I’ve found a surprisingly good source for them.  There’s a list here that someone has put together to help school children with English Literature or Theatre Studies work.  They have links to free shows from the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company amongst others.

Classical music and opera live online

If you’re into classical music, a lot of the big orchestras have started playing again, even if they can’t have full audiences at the moment.  Classic FM have put together a list of some of the best shows that you can listen to and watch online.  Most of the performances are available to watch for free, but you can help support the orchestra by making a small donation.

Learn a language

I’ve mentioned Duolingo in this newsletter before, but learning a language is such a great way to keep yourself occupied while learning a new skill, I just thought I’d remind you of it.  You can either use the website that I’ve given you a link to, or download the Duolingo app for free on your tablet or smartphone.

Try something creative

If you want to have a go at something creative – drawing, painting, story writing, poetry – but aren’t sure where to start, there are loads of free video courses on the SkillShare website. Some of them are just made by people like you and me, sharing what they know and what they can do, but there are also short courses by professional artists and illustrators – have a browse and see what you can find.

I’ll give you more suggestions over the coming weeks of things you can try online while we can’t get out so much.

Take care everyone

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