Stay At Home

Welcome. Here we’ve collated a list of ideas and resources that we recommend to help our students (or anyone reading this) to keep healthy and entertained during the COVID 19 outbreak. Scroll or pick a category below to go straight to that section.

 

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Physical health

Learning from a distance

Learn a new skill

Cooking and recipes

Entertainment Recommendations

Home Schooling 

 

 

 

Mental Health and Wellbeing

 

Here are some suggestions for apps and resources that can help you manage your mental health and wellbeing during self-isolation times and beyond. Let us know if you have any recommendations we can add to this list. 

Keep in contact 

 

Pick up the phone and call your friends and family. Use these apps to set up group calls with friends and family and get a chance to speak face to face while staying in your own homes.  It is so important to remain sociable during social distancing. 

WhatsApp

Facebook Messenger

Zoom

Microsoft Teams

Big White Wall 

Recommended by Martha Warren

The Big White Wall is an amazing FREE resource that allows you to speak to someone whenever you need it. 

Big White Wall Website

 

Insight Timer

Recommended by Becky Ricketts

This amazing app, with several soundtracks for sleep and stress-relief, guided meditation and Teacher classes to support stress, sleep, and well-being; is available for free! A premium version is available which allows more features (you can get by with the free one just fine). 

Download

Headspace

Recommended by Becky Ricketts

This is a free app that focuses on wellbeing, breathing techniques and distractions. It can help for stress and anxiety, sleeping, motivation and more. Has both a free and a premium offer, and sessions are between 4 – 30 minutes. 

Download

Calm

Recommended by Becky Ricketts

Calm is a free meditation and sleep app. It can read you stories, play relaxing music, or give you motivational speeches as you work or exercise! 

Download

Daylio Journal

Recommended by Becky Ricketts

This app allows you to track your mood and activity for the day and can pick up patterns in your responses. No need to write it all down – by simply clocking the icons that correspond to your mood, it will log it for you on your app to check back on 

Download

Adult colouring pages  

Recommended by Martha Warren

Colouring pages made digitally available and FREE by independent artists. We do recommend sending over a donation to the artists to help keep them afloat during these difficult times. 

Wren and Wilson

Are we nearly bare yet

Works Beautifully (50p)

@valentinadesign

Activity Ideas to keep you sane 

Recommended by Martha Warren

This work of art/motivational post is by Sasa a digital artist. 

View

Social Distancing Wellness Plan 

Recommended by Martha Warren

This is a great little plan created by Michelle Parry, a New York based Illustrator.  

View

 

 

 

Physical Health

 

It’s possibly more important than ever that you look after your physical health; make sure you’re getting enough fresh air and exercise each day.  

Take a break and move every 20 mins, even if it’s just standing up and stretching, or walking to the kitchen to get a drink. Sitting too long will make your muscles seize up, and staring at a screen is bad for your eyes.  

Set some time aside each day to do something active; find an online workout or go out for a walk/bike ride if you can  – just remember to physically distance yourself from others.

 

UWTSD Daily Workout 

Recommended by: University of Wales Trinity Saint David Sports Centre Lampeter

Challenge yourself to complete this daily workout.

UWTSD Daily Workout

 

Aber A-Z Workout Challenge 

Recommended by Aberystwyth University Students’ Union Sabbatical Officers 

We’ve already completed the challenge, now it’s your turn! Spell out your name, your club's name or just TSDSU. If you film it, make sure to tag us @TSDSU.  

Aber’s Video

TSDSU's Video

 

Centr

Recommended by Martha Warren

Train, eat and live healthily, following Chris Hemsworth and team. There is a free trial available and after that it is a monthly subscription. It’s worth the money if you want to make a commitment to a healthy lifestyle. 

Download Centr

Morning workout – PE with Joe 

Recommended by Martha Warren

Start your day off with a workout from Joe Wicks, this is great for the whole family and a perfect way to shake off those cobwebs. 

PE with Joe

10 Ways to Support your Immune System

Recommended by Martha Warren

These helpful tips were created by Megan Moore a registered dietitian. 

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28 Minute Workout 

Recommended by Martha Warren

A great workout plan from Seven Layer Charlotte. She also has some ace recipe ideas on her website. 

28 Minute Workout

 

 

 

Learning from a distance 

 

We know for a lot of you distance learning is new, but we have hundreds of students who chose this as their mode of study, and it is very doable; you just have to be strict with yourself and adjust to a new normal.  It’s really important to keep to a schedule and find a routine that works for you. Set some time aside each day to work on your Uni stuff and set yourself targets for what you want to achieve, and by when. But don’t be too harsh with yourself if you don’t reach your targets. 

Downloadable planners

Recommended by Laura-Cait Driscoll 

I have created time planners as well as essay planners, to help you organise and structure your time. These are a great way to break down manageable tasks, as well as make sure you get a good work/life balance. 

Download Essay Planner (English)

Download Essay Planner (Welsh)

Download Weekly Timetable (Word) 

 

Calendar Apps

Recommended by Martha Warren 

Use the calendar on your phone, laptop or tablet to help schedule your day. This is what we do in the SU and it is a great way to keep on track. Reminders can be set which lets you know how long you have before your next activity.

Coronavirus: Five ways to work well from home 

Recommended by Martha Warren 

The BBC has collated some great suggestions for working from home. While these might be aimed at people who’s jobs have moved online, many are equally as relevant for students now studying from home. 

Coronavirus: Five ways to work well from home

 

 

 

Learn a new skill

 

If you find yourself with time on your hands why not try to learn something new? Here are some resources that can help guide you on your journey to learn a new skill. 


Why not also try picking up an instrument? If you don’t have one to practice on, you can download a digital piano on your tablet or phone and give that a go. Teaching yourself to garden is a great thing to also try; even if you don’t have any space outside, you can grow and cultivate plants indoors.  

Duolingo

Recommended by Martha Warren

This is a great app that gives you daily reminders and short lessons to help you learn. You can start from any level and complete as many lessons as you like a day. I’ve found this a great learning tool to familiarise myself with speaking, writing and listening to and reading new languages. Best of all: it’s FREE! 

Go to Duolingo

Babel

Recommended by Martha Warren

Another language learning resource. Babbel teaches reading, writing, listening, and speaking for 14 different languages.

Go to Babel

130+ Free Online Courses 

Recommended by Sarah Cole

If you’ve got some spare time on your hands, why not complete a free online course in something you want to learn more about? 

List of 130+ Free Online Courses

Get crafty with these Videos 

Recommended by Martha Warren

There are loads of great YouTube channels, Facebook/Instagram pages dedicated to crafting tutorials. Have a browse and try something new. Always wanted to learn to knit? Put off that DIY project? What better time than to start now?!   

5 Minute Crafts Brilliant Art Ideas for Everyone

5 Minute Crafts Adorable crafts for parents

5 Minute Crafts Colourful crafts for boring days.

5 Minute Crafts Try to repeat these amazing one-line drawings.

Learn British Sign Language! 

Recommended by Martha Warren

BSL is a language people always forget about. It is super handy to know, even just the alphabet. It is great fun and easy to learn. They have daily words to learn, as well as word searches to help 

Learn BSL

Pick up some Welsh basics. 

Recommended by Elis Allsopp

Learn Welsh Youtube channel – learn a number of basic words and phrases lessons. 

Learn Welsh

 

 

 

Cooking and recipes  

 

Be careful! The temptation to snack or binge can be overwhelming when you’re stuck inside. Eating lots of fruit and veg will not only boost your immune system but will also give you lots of energy to go about your day.  

Download my Cookbook 

Recommended by Martha Warren 

This is a collection of recipes we have put together, including some of our favorites here at TSDSU. This is not a professional book but should include some helpful tips and suggestions. 

Download the cookbook here

 

 

 

Entertainment Recommendations 

Your Sabbatical Team has compiled their favourite shows, games, and films into one big list for you to get your teeth stuck into.  

See the list

 

 

 

Home Schooling

 

We know that homeschooling is a big concern for a lot of parents right now, and so we wanted to compile a list of the FREE resources that we have found to keep children occupied and learning whilst they are not in school, and you are working on your own assignments. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but hopefully, it will go some way to providing some easy resources and learning from home ideas. 

BBC Bitesize   

Recommended by Becky Ricketts

BBC Bitesize is an Educational website for those with children. Primary school, High school and post 16 study and revision. Learning resources & interactive games separated by key stage, subject and region, so this is ideal for students/families based outside of Wales, i.e. Birmingham/London students.

Go to BBC Bitesize Website

PE with Joe Wicks 

Recommended by Martha Warren

Weekdays at 9 am but you can visit any time on YouTube to workout. 

Go to The Body Coach TV YouTube Channel

Carol Vorderman’s The Maths Factor  

Recommended by Becky Ricketts

The Maths Factor is a brilliant website run by Carol Vorderman, the £2 a month subscription is being waived so it is free for those with children aged 4-11 

www.themathsfactor.com

Storytime with David Walliams  

Recommended by Becky Ricketts

A free story every day from 11 am on his website. 

www.worldofdavidwalliams.com

Get Kids Cooking from Jamie Oliver  

Recommended by Becky Ricketts

Kid-friendly dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  

www.jamieoliver.com

The Cosmic Shambles Stay at Home Festival  

Recommended by Becky Ricketts

Science with Professor Brian Cox, Robin Ince & Guests  

www.cosmicshambles.com

Twinkl 

Recommended by Becky Ricketts

Twinkl is offering free membership to all parents! Enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS for free access to all Premium resources. Twinkl also host free online Welsh classes which are great for all ages. 

Learn with Twinkl

Sparkle Box  

Recommended by Becky Ricketts

Sparkle Box is full of resources used by teachers for all subject areas a well as fun activities. No sign up needed. 

Learn with Sparkle Box

Classroom Secrets  

Recommended by Becky Ricketts

Learning Secrets is full of aged-based learning packs 

Go to Classroom Secrets

Khan Academy  

Recommended by Becky Ricketts

Khan Academy is best for secondary-aged users but can be adapted for upper KS2. Uses an American-based year group system, but easy to find your child’s year group. Sign up required, but free! 

Go to Khan Academy

Teachit 

Recommended by Becky Ricketts

‘Teachit’ websites- series of subject-specific learning resources for KS1 to KS4 (and some KS5), including Maths, Science, Languages (French, German and Spanish), English, Geography and History. Requires to sign up into an account, however all resources are currently FREE until the end of April 2020, and can be downloaded. 

Go to Teachit