Let’s concentrate on what we can do

Young couple wearing a protective mask is walking alone with a dog outdoors because of the corona vi

Do you want to go for a walk as exercise with company but have no-one to go with? - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Rather than focus on what you cannot do, we focus on what individuals and the community can do.

Currently, many people may be feeling overwhelmed by the long list of things they are no longer allowed to do. So let’s concentrate on what we can do.

It might only be the smallest of things. Tune into a different radio station or TV channel. Do something playful. Try something creative – cook, draw, paint, write or make something. Get back in contact with an old friend. Wave to a neighbour. Do a rapid act of kindness to help brighten someone’s day – leave a gift on their doorstep. 

Happy black teen guy in headphones lying on comfy couch and listening to music at home, copy space.

Listening to music can reduce anxiety, blood pressure, and pain as well as improve sleep quality, mood, mental alertness, and memory. - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Studies have shown that listening to music can reduce anxiety, blood pressure, and pain as well as improve sleep quality, mood, mental alertness, and memory.

If you want to keep your brain engaged throughout the ageing process, listening to or playing music is a great tool. It provides a total brain workout. Find some old CDs or even vinyl records and play them.

Research has shown that singing delivers a host of physical and emotional benefits, so sing along while playing your favourite music.

You can continue to exercise alone, with one other person or with your household or support bubble. This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area. You should maintain social distancing.

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Do you want to go for a walk as exercise with company but have no-one to go with? That’s where I can help. 

Just contact me and I can call you back for a chat. I can try to find a 'buddy' to walk with you.

You can also leave your home to provide voluntary services. If this is something that you would like to do, please contact me.

This leads nicely into saying a big 'thank you' to volunteers. People across Brixham have given freely to help the people in their neighbourhood. Thank you to all the unsung heroes who have been helping out friends and neighbours during lockdown.

Rosemary can be contacted on 07703 715 229.