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What is Social Distancing and why is it important?

Social distancing is an important tool in the fight against transmission of Corona Virus. These are measures we should all be taking in order to halt or slow the transmission of the virus.

Things you can do:

1. Gardening

With the weather improving keep yourself active and start gardening. This is a great time to start weeding, pruning, planting and maybe a little bit of outdoor DIY with the help of an online tutorial from YouTube. Make your garden the talk of the street and share your tips and achievements at #TimeInRedbridge

2. Workout

De-stress with an in-home daily workout. If social distancing has you feeling down or inactive, take-up exercise as a proven mood-booster. Download free fitness apps, like Nike Training Club7 Minute Workoutsor Simply Yoga. Don’t forget YouTube offers a wide range of kickboxing, yoga, HIIT, and other video-streamed routines.

3. Read a new book

Lose hours within a new book – You can download ebooks or access your local library online.

4. Go for a walk

If you’re healthy and just working from home, then get out outdoors and enjoy the fresh air. As long as you maintain distance from others, there’s no reason you shouldn’t go out and get some exercise on local walk

5. Go to the park

Why not take the time if healthy and visit local parks, enjoy the changing colours of spring.

6. Support local businesses online

Support local businesses with a little online local retail therapy or a tasty takeaway to spice up your weekend. Search local restaurants and shops on socials to find delivery details

7. Meditate

Relax or learn to cope with stress through mindfulness meditation, read Age UK’s beginners guide to mindfulness.

8. Hang out with your pet

Hang out with your pet. If you must stay indoors why not attempt to teach them a new trick or if your healthy, try new walks across the borough.

9. Write letters

If we can’t visit our nan, grandad or elderly relatives during this time, keep in contact by writing weekly letters so they can keep up to date with your lives.

10. Explore museums online

Add a little of bit of culture to your life and explore hundreds of global museums thanks to Google Arts & Culture.

11. Work on your cooking skills

Work on your cooking skills and try out a new recipe. A great time to meal prep and keep the freezer fully stocked. Homemade brownies are a great freezer essential.

12. Spring clean your home

Start spring cleaning your home. Decluttering your cupboards and organising your shelves and drawers all help to create a relaxing home environment.

13. Catch up on podcasts

Catch up on podcasts. A great distraction when taking a lunch break at home, or a nice additional voice to listen to whilst cooking, doing at-home exercise, or taking a walk around the park or local area.

14. Find a great series on Netflix

Sit back and watch Netflix in the evenings. A great opportunity to catch-up on box-sets and TV-shows you may have missed over the past year.

15. Virtual meetups

You can still share a drink with friends, engage in conversation over dinner, or host a group yoga session — all from the comforts of your own home. By using platforms like, FaceTime, Google Hangouts, and Skype. Just don’t be late for your virtual meet-ups.

16. Get crafty

Get crafty indoors or the garden and keep your mind and hands busy by kickstarting a new DIY project. Whether you want to learn how to sew, create fabric flowers, or build your own wooden pallet bbq, YouTube has a wide range of free tutorials for almost everything.

17. Host a virtual jam session

If you have a guitar, keyboard or a dusty drum set indoors, consider teaming up with friends to create your virtual jam session.

18. Get competitive with board games

Dust off the board games, find the playing cards or search out the puzzles and get competitive with your family.

19. Try colouring

Find our inner calm and start colouring or doodling.

20. Start a step challenge

Start your daily indoor step challenge and see how long it takes you to hit your 10,000-step daily goal.

21. Create a daily schedule

Create a daily schedule and a to-do list to help you visualise what needs to happen each day.