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How to stay healthy, happy & connected during lockdown

Posted in Wellbeing by on January 6, 2021

Welcome to level 467,890. Anyone else feel like they’re stuck in a never ending video game right now? We know it can feel a bit scary out there at the moment, particularly for the student community with so many unknowns and lots of change.

As we head into lockdown 3, we’ve brought together some of the things that helped us as a Nido community get through so far. Please remember you’re not on your own, we’re all in this together and if you need to speak to someone, reach out.

Besides, challenges are what makes our next generation, adversity is no match for our residents, plus we’re the digital generation! <3

1. Headspace

Great for: Mindfulness, anxiousness & helping you sleep (at the right times!)

We’ve received so many recommendations for this app that we just had to include it. Headspace is a handy app that provides guided meditations, exercises and videos to help you control stress and promote positive feelings (download links here: Android and iOS). They run anywhere from 5 minutes to 60 minutes and with different options for what you want to get out of the sessions, it’s a great option whether you want a 5-minute calm down or a 20-minute drift off to sleep. It is all about mindfulness and dealing with anxiety & stress, and we know everyone could do with some of that right now. You can try it for free for two weeks and after that, it’s a fixed monthly fee.

Of course, there are lots of mindfulness apps our there, you can have a little look at the websites of Calm, Aura, Stop, Breathe, Think & Insight Timer or download directly via the links below:

• Calm: Android and iOS
• Aura: Android and iOS
• Stop, Breathe, Think: Android and iOS
• Insight Timer: Android and iOS

2. Get Active!

Great for: Video chatting with groups

We know, you’ve heard it a million times and everyone has had enough of PE with Joe Wicks right? But it’s because it’s true! Working out is proven to make us feel more positive, more alert and more energetic. Regardless of whether we’re pumping iron in our newly designed home gyms, or simply taking a stroll through the park for your one-exercise-a-day routine, it all helps. Apps like Nike (IOS, ANDROID) & Strava (IOS, ANDROID) have some great home workout options or audio running guides for beginners, so if you’re not sure where to start, why not try out one of those? Soon you’ll start seeing all these benefits.

Plus we’ll never miss an opportunity to shout about our virtual events calender! Brimming with at home workouts, yoga sessions and meditation classes (working out your mind totally counts), so get involved via the Nido Student Instagram channel.


3. Video Calls

Great for: Feeling connected with friends and family

You might have had enough of Zoom and or Microsoft Teams from your virtual lectures, but FaceTime literally with our friends and family is so important. Plus there are loads of fun options, our community in Portugal and Spain are obsessed with this app. Houseparty uses a split-screen format to allow up to 8 people to video chat at once. You can host or join a party with your friends or family, and people can drop in and out as they want to. They also have in-app games such as ‘Heads Up!’, ‘Trivia’ and ‘Quick Draw!’ that allow you to play while on video chat. Free to download, easy sign-up and integrated with Snapchat, it’s old school socialising in a digital world and we love it.

Houseparty isn’t the only option for group video calls though, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Skype all offer group chat functionality too.


4. Head out on some virtual adventures

Great for: Feeling less stuck indoors

In this digital age, art galleries have been getting with the times, and handily have some virtual tours and digital resources ready for times like these. When else would you have the opportunity to spend the afternoon roaming the Louvre, or the Tate or the Uffizi, even if virtually? There are loads of options and if you’re not sure where to start, try to Google ‘Arts & Culture’.

It’s not just ‘Art’ though, Fashion lovers could virtually visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, or visit dedicated online-only exhibitions. Or Nature lovers could head for a walk through a National Trust building or garden to soak up some nature, Anglesey Abbey is one of our favourites. Or if you’re feeling like connecting with your childhood self, why not check out the National Aquarium or Paignton Zoo?



5. Make telephone pals with an older person

Great for: A new friend and your peace of mind

‘Call in time’ run by Age UK is one of our favorite initiatives right now. It’s a free telephone friendship service for people 60 and over. Age UK matches you up with a likeminded person who would like to make a new friend. Now more than ever we need to look after our elderly friends and who better to do that then our Nido community. We know how much community and connectivity is important to you, let’s make it available to everyone.



6. Connect to a couch concert

Great for: Getting gig vibes from your sofa

Everyone’s at it, from Liam Gallagher rocking his wat down the Thames to Raleigh Ritchie’s incredible gig at the O2, it’s so nice to have events to look forward to that you know won’t be cancelled. GIGSGUIDE and Ticket Master are keeping a list of available live streams from around the world, so you can plan in a few, maybe join up with some friends on the Houseparty app we mention above and watch/ listen together!

If you get involved in any of these, we’d love to know what you think. Got any other ideas that might help other students during lock-down? Feel free to send them on over via Instagram DM or Facebook Messenger – we’d love to hear from you.