Post by: NZ Foam
Published on: 18 August, 2021

Hi, Filmore here from NZ Foam with a helpful Top 5 list of lockdown activities to keep your mind active and healthy during these challenging times.

Silver linings can be found at the edge of any stormy horizon, now matter how dark it gets and sometimes the difference between coping and thriving could come down to having a good plan, learning something new or visiting an old hobbie.

Find our full list of lockdown tips here.


1. Creating A Plan: Get it Done!

There are so many great organization & planning apps these days which can make life so much easier. A sudden break from our everyday routine can be hard to manage but it can also provide us with the opportunity to take stock of all the things we wish we could do if only we had the time.

Todoist is a wonderful tool you can start using right away to plan and make your lockdown time and beyond as efficient and as pain free as possible.

2. Learn Something New: The Key to Staying Young!

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Khan Academy is an educational organization with the goal of creating a set of online tools that help educate students. The organization produces short lessons in the form of videos.

From math, science, art history and philosophy through to computer programming, it’s all here and it’s all free!

3. Yoga: Even the All Blacks Do It!!

In the 90’s Yoga was still perceived in New Zealand as a bit of a new age fad but in recent years the practical importance both physically and mentally of stretching the body and utilising breath work to help strengthen one’s form and balance has been widely accepted.

Yoga With Adriene is an incredible free resource you can jump right into as an absolute beginner or an advanced practitioner.

4. Learn to Cook: Or Get Even Better!

Binging with Babish is one of the pioneers of the new wave in cooking show magic. Times have changed since Jamie Oliver first graced our television sets and Nigella Lawson wowed the western world with the classic longform style of cooking show.

These days people have shorter attention spans and just want the details. Andrew’s offshoot ‘Basic with Babish” is a fantastic place to start.

5. Reconnect: Call an Old Friend.

Life moves fast. There is no pause, stop or rewind button. Lockdown is about as close as we might get to a pause button, but even though many of our day to day routines get interrupted life still keeps moving.

Perhaps there is an old acquaintance, friend or family member you haven’t talked to in years.
The internet has made us more digitally connected than ever but that doesn’t mean we use these tools to truly connect. Sometimes, just knowing we can, at anytime impairs us from reaching out.

If somebody is on your mind, reach out. Let them know you;re thinking of them.

From me, Filmore, and the whole team at NZ Foam; stay safe, stay home and stay warm!

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