Even when we can’t be physically close to our loved ones, there are many ways that we can support them, show kindness and appreciation, and stay connected.
Here are 10 ways that you can support the physical, emotional and mental wellbeing of your loved ones during lockdown.
Invite them to a family concert
Even when we can’t be physically close to our loved ones, we can still experience connection – a family concert is a great way to do this.
Arrange a video conference for the whole family and invite everyone to take part with a song, dance, play, poetry reading or favourite joke. You might all be useless but never mind; it’ll bring a sense of belonging and you can laugh about it for years to come.
Send a personalised card
We use Touchnote, which allows you to design and send cards and postcards straight from your phone, with no need to buy a stamp or visit a post office.
You can personalise your card with a photo, custom design features and a heartfelt message.
Use a digital scrapbook
A digital scrapbook is a great way to share photos, videos and stories of special occasions or projects
Storychest is an easy-to-use digital scrapbook app that enables you to capture and store the precious moments of your life to privately share with your family and closest friends.
Encourage everyone to get active
Many of us are missing the levels of physical activity that we were used to before lockdown. Let your loved ones know about opportunities that they can join in with.
Send them cake
There’s nothing like cake to cheer up someone’s day.
Cake in a box designs delicious cakes and cupcakes and offers nationwide delivery. They can make egg free cakes, dairy free cakes and gluten free cakes if required, and will create a cake to suit your budget, so why not bring a smile to a loved one’s face with a sweet treat?
Help them learn a new skill
U3A, or the university of the third age, provides creative, educational, and social activities for people in their ‘third age’. They have recently launched Trust U3A as a way for people to join their community online while face-to-face contact is limited. Why not treat someone dear to a Trust U3A membership for just £7.50, and give them access to learning resources, interest groups, and events and activities that they can take part in.
Buy them a new hobby
Do your loved ones have a hobby that they enjoy?
Taking part in a hobby exercises the brain and supports positive mental health, so making sure their hobby supplies are topped up is a great way to support your friends and family.
Most supplies can be purchased online and delivered directly to their front door.
Send a letterbox hamper
Luxurious such as cheese, chocolate and wine can all be sent in a hamper.
Check out Yumbles letterbox hampers, which are beautifully presented and fit through their letterbox.
Write them a letter
This is a simple but powerful way to support your friends and family – a personal letter shows your care and are making time for them. It’s a good excuse to treat yourself to some new stationary, too.
If you or any of your loved ones are feeling lonely and feel like you need to talk to someone immediately, call the Age UK Advice Line on 0800 055 6112.