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Wellbeing edition

Looking after yourself is so important, especially at this challenging time.
This special edition of Your Oxfordshire is packed with ideas on looking after yourself and your family - from getting active to learning a new skill, from getting lost in a good book to mindfulness tips and ideas for keeping the kids entertained at home.

Your wellbeing is important

Having good mental health and wellbeing is especially important at this time, and there's lots of support and advice to help you. Our website has a range of information on mindfulness, how to look after your mental health and wellbeing and how to get support if you are struggling during this challenging time.

Keep moving

Moving around for even a few minutes can lift your mood, give you more energy and improve your health. We've got advice to help you stay fit and active at home, from aerobics to gentle exercises designed for older people and people with health conditions.
Stay connected

Staying in touch has never been so important and there are lots of ways you can stay in contact with family and friends. We've got tips on how to stay in touch, from helping older relatives and friends make a video call to zoom parties.

Keeping the kids


Whether it’s dancing with Disney, yoga, PE with Joe Wicks or live Facebook and YouTube football coaching sessions, we’ve got lots of suggestions on our website to inspire kids to keep moving.


If you’re running out of ideas on how to keep the kids entertained, here’s a few ideas to help spark their imaginations. From educational and creative tools on Little Ankle Biters, to boredom busting resources on Chatterpack. Plus ‘Adventures at home’ from Girlguiding and ‘The Great Indoors’ from the Scouts.
It may not be possible to visit museums at the moment, however there’s still lots of ways for you to get involved from home. Share your ‘Isolation Creations’ with the Ashmolean Museum. Join The Museum of Natural History's arts and crafts fun with 'More Than A Doodle’, and follow The Oxfordshire Museum on Facebook to learn more about the history of Oxfordshire.
And for budding artists, Miranda La Mutanta - an illustrator living in Oxfordshire - has created a series of videos on YouTube.

You're not alone

Existing abuse can escalate because of stress, anxiety, and other challenges, while widespread health concerns and job losses may mean some people experience or use domestic abuse for the first time. At home shouldn’t mean at risk. If you or someone you know is suffering from Domestic Abuse, isolation rules do not apply. Police response and support services are available. 

Time to?

...learn a new skill

You could learn a new language with Duolingo! They have free, bite-size lessons that feel more like a game than a textbook, and that's by design: learning is easier when you're having fun. Or you could try one of the Open University’s free online courses, from nature and the environment to history and the arts, there are lots for you to choose from. Or upskill your CV with The Skills Toolkit - you can choose from a selection of free courses and find a level and time to study that’s right for you. Digital and numeracy skills are amongst those that are most sought after by employers and can help you progress in work and boost your job prospects.

...kick the habit

It's never too late to stop smoking and start repairing, you will start seeing a difference 20 minutes after your last cigarette. Make today the day for taking that first step and visit Smoke Free Life Oxfordshire for free tips, advice and support to help you stop smoking today.

...get creative... the kitchen and cook something new or your maybe your favourite holiday dish. Or why not try one of Jamie Oliver’s Keep cooking and carry on easy-to-follow, super-flexible recipes with lots of useful swaps and tips to help you feed yourself and your loved ones in these unique times.
Or how about getting crafty? There are lots of upcycling ideas from Good Housekeeping and you could discover your next craft project at or

...get lost in a good book

Access our online library on your tablet or phone for a truly mobile library. From kids' books to world news, there’s 1000s of e-books, audio, music, newspapers and magazines you can borrow for free using your library membership and if you’re not already a member you can join online for free too.
While we're looking forward to Oxfordshire’s 44 libraries being able to open their doors once more, in the meantime we’ve got you covered. 

Nature is blossoming

It's said that nature can often help relax and refresh the mind and as some of us may have missed out on the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside that's sprung to life while we’ve been staying at home, we thought we’d bring spring to you. Enjoy!
Begbroke near kidlington
Begbroke near Kidlington
Dorchester on Thames
Broughton near Banbury
Begbroke near Kidlington
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