15 Activities You Can Try At Home
We know that some of our members felt isolated and struggled to leave the house before the current restrictions of social distancing and self-isolation. Currently, it feels like our worlds have become smaller as we are asked not to visit others. This new way of living is difficult, but it also provides us all with opportunities to try things we may not have considered before. We have been thinking about rewarding activities we can do at home and we wanted to share a selection of these with you. (The first suggestion is a chance to help support our future events and your help with this would be very much appreciated!)
Can you sew, knit or crochet? Help make bunting for our events!
As well as helping the mind to enter a state of relaxation, activities such as knitting and sewing have been claimed to reduce blood pressure and boost cognitive functioning, as well as giving a definite sense of achievement from making something beautiful! Not only do we have our Paget’s Awareness Day in January, but we are looking further ahead to the 50th anniversary of the Paget’s Association, which is in 2023 and we would love your help to create some colourful bunting!
You can see whatever you have around the home. Scraps of colourful fabric or wool of any colour is fine, so get creative!
We would like the triangles to be approximately 6 inches width x 8 inches length.
You don’t need to send your bunting to us just yet, but we’d love to know how many people are able to help. Just let us know in any way you can. We will then contact you to let you know when to post your bunting to us.
Keep family history alive
Have you thought about writing down some of your family history for future generations? It doesn’t have to be a full-scale genealogy project. You could do it in whatever way is easiest for you. This could be a list of facts or a narrative including short anecdotes that wouldn’t be found on official searches if future generations tried to research your family tree. You could even sort through your family photographs and make a scrap book.
Head to a virtual museum
Museums may not be open to the public, but why let that stop a good dose of culture and history when you can make a virtual visit? You can explore museums overseas, from Paris to Berlin and everything in between, right from the comfort of your home. Just search the internet or try the Google Arts and Culture app.
Click here to visit Google Arts and Culture and start exploring!
Re-think your outdoor space
Getting out in the fresh air can be incredibly uplifting and boost our vitamin D level, which is important for bone health. By having to spend more time at home, many of us have rediscovered our outside space and are making the most of it. Whether you have a big garden or just enough room for a couple of plant pots, why not try something new? It could be anything from growing vegetables to making a home for wildlife. Even the smallest of gardens can offer up a huge variety of different habitats for wildlife.
Create a new outdoor seating area
If you have the space, as the days become warmer, why not use what you can find around your home to create a new outdoor seating area.
No outdoor space?
If you don’t have access to private outdoor space, you could grow plants from cuttings or seeds on your window ledge. Growing something beautiful not only gives a sense of achievement, but when they are established you can give them to loved ones as presents.
Take care of wildlife
Perhaps you can hang a birdfeeder outside your window? During the summer months, birds require high protein foods, especially while they are moulting. Birds only require selected foods in the summer months and good hygiene is vital, or feeding may do more harm than good.
Foods which are recommended include:
Black sunflower seeds, soaked sultanas, raisins and currants, mild grated cheese, mealworms and good seed mixtures without loose peanuts
The RSPB have lots of information on their website about feeding birds and ideas for giving nature a home. For more information and ideas, visit their website by clicking here.
Try a new way of keeping in touch
Keeping in touch has never been easier due to the array of apps available on smart phones, laptops and devices such as iPads, making it easy to contact friends and family. If you haven’t already, why not try something new? With apps such as WhatsApp, Skype and Facebook Messenger you can use the internet to call, message and video call. If you have an Apple device, such as an iPad or iPhone then Facetime is another option. Perhaps you have a family member that could help you set something up, but if this is not for you, don’t worry the telephone still works!
Join our new Facebook Support Group
The Paget’s Association has set up a private Facebook Support Group for anyone affected by Paget’s disease who wants to connect with others for mutual support. To visit the group page, click here.
Lose yourself in a great story
Getting lost in a great story can take us to faraway places from the comfort of our own homes. Aside from the books you might already have on your shelf, many local libraries offer members free access to books and magazines, which can be read online. Perhaps you have an e-reader, such as a Kindle. Why not try a completely different genre or an audiobook for a change?
Get creative with colouring!
Colouring books are not just for kids! In fact, colouring has been shown to help lift your mood, decrease anxiety and stress. For free patterns which are easy to download and print, click here
A great way to put your brain to work is by doing a puzzle. Whether it's a traditional jigsaw that you have had in the spare room for years, or a book of Sudoku, puzzles are extremely stimulating.
Teach yourself a new skill
There are many apps you can use to teach yourself a new skill. So, if now is the time to learn a foreign language there are some great apps such as Duolingo, which can help.
Have a spring clean
Take the opportunity to declutter or spring clean to refresh your home.
We would love your help to spread a little happiness. With most of us at home for the time being, we'd like to share your bright and cheerful images on our Facebook page to brighten the day of our members and Facebook community. We thought the theme to these images could be ‘Bright and Cheerful’ incorporating anything from a photograph of the flowers in your garden, a brightly coloured jumper which makes you feel cheerful or perhaps a pet who brings you happiness? The possibilities are endless and we'd love you to get creative.
Here's a photo Jen, our Admin Assistant, would like to share with you of the cherry blossom tree in her garden in bloom, which has brought lots of colour and wildlife into the garden!
We hope that you find these ideas helpful and would love to hear how you have been keeping busy during, get in touch via our social media pages including Facebook and Twitter to send your suggestions, stories and photos!