The world seems like a bit of a crazy place at the moment and it’s difficult to avoid all the bad news (especially when you’re stuck indoors!). However, constantly being exposed to bad news is not good for your wellbeing, so we’re bringing you some happy news with some of the best things to come out of this COVID-19 lockdown to keep a smile on your face. From virtual PE to a Priest’s mass gone wrong, we’ve got something to lift everyone’s mood.
Social Media Brings People Together
Although social media has a pretty hard time, it’s been bringing people together during this difficult time, providing them with entertainment and laughs whilst on lockdown.
Twitter has brought people together in these uncertain times with a #IsolationFilmClub, which was started by actor Brett Goldstein.
Similar to a traditional book club, the isolation film club members all watch the same film each day, sharing their thoughts using the hashtag. Not only is it a great way to pass the time during isolation, but it’s also a wonderful way to discover new films and build new online connections.
For those who prefer to get a little more creative, American illustrator, Carson Ellis has set up a Quarantine Art Club, posting art assignments for children to try out at home. The first assignment was to draw a self-portrait, which had over 700 entries (some better than others!), all of which were posted on Instagram using the hashtag #QuarantineArtClub.
But for those who are neither film buffs, nor artists, the Big Kitchen Disco is another great option. Since people are unable to go out and dance together, the Big Kitchen Disco has created a collaborative playlist for people to dance to in their kitchen at 7pm each night.
Naturally, the first song was Dancing on My Own by Robin, but people can send in suggestions each day to have it added to the playlist.
So whether you love or hate social media, nothing has brought people together more in these crazy times we find ourselves in. So long as you’re looking in the right places, social media can have a hugely positive impact on your time in isolation!
Joe Wicks Launches Online PE Sessions
With gyms closed and the country on lockdown, one of the biggest concerns people have is how to get enough exercise - or how to ensure their children are getting enough exercise (and getting rid of energy!) when they’re not at school. But that’s where everyone’s favourite health and fitness guru, Joe Wicks comes in.
Offering free online fitness classes for children each weekday, Joe has become every child’s PE teacher, helping to keep them fit and active whilst schools are closed. So whether you’re trying to keep your kids entertained, or fancy taking part in one of Joe’s 30-minute fitness sessions yourself - they’re live on his YouTube channel every weekday morning at 9am.
Quarantunes Keeps Everyone Upbeat
Rita Wilson and her husband, Tom Hanks enlisted the help of the public to come up with Quarantunes - the ultimate Spotify playlist for those who are self isolating.
The puns alone are enough to cheer you up during this pandemic.
Everything’s Gone Digital
With everyone stuck indoors, people are trying to find ways to bring the outside world in, so people can access everything online. From a virtual museum tour from the Natural History Museum, to the live webcams from Edinburgh Zoo - there are loads of things to keep you entertained whilst you’re stuck indoors.
However, not everyone has been so lucky with technology. One Priest has gone viral for his livestream mass, but for all the wrong reasons. Before starting, he accidentally activated the filters, meaning his mass was a little more lively than he might have liked, but it’s been shared thousands of times and provided people with plenty of laughs!
So whether you dance around your home to the Quarantunes playlist, or you get involved with Joe Wicks’ PE lessons, this good news will help to keep your spirits up and mind occupied during this time on lockdown.