Self-Care and Wellbeing at Home

POSTED ON: 18/03/2020

If you're stuck inside, working from home or just don't have any plans this week, here are our top suggestions for ways to keep yourself entertained at home and boost your mental wellbeing! 

Read that Book

Read that Book


Yes that book! We all have one sitting around the house that we've been meaning to get on and read but keep running out of time, well now's the time! Transport yourself to a different world with a fantastical read or absorbing non-fiction there's so much to choose from. If you don't have that book that you've been meaning to read (really?!) then why not dive onto the Waterstones website and order a story to be delivered to your door.

If you do read that book but want the possibility of more without the temptation of reading it before completing that one, why not buy yourself a gift card? They also make great presents!

Both Waterstones and Dial Lane books offer gift cards have a look online or give them a call...

Stay Connected

Stay Connected


Lush are encouraging an increase in activity online to help battle feelings of isolation and loneliness for people staying at home. Using the #LushCommunity tag on Instagram hundreds of people are coming together to share their favourite products and rituals, so get that bath and skin care routine down to a fine art and share what you love online!

Follow Lush's Instagram to stay connect and see their top picks from the community tag.

Get Creative

Get Creative


Challenge yourself to do something new, or pick up an old hobby that you maybe haven't done in a while. There's lots of prompts going around online at the moment encouraging people to get stuck into drawing and trying new crafts, why not check out Instagram for some inspiration or jump right in with a random generator to see what you can create!

Or if starting from scratch isn't your speed, why not grab a colouring book and some pencils from Waterstones or WH Smiths for a bit of mindful colouring.

Order a special treat

Order a special treat


If you're at home but don't want to make food, or had dinner plans that you don't want to cancel, you can enjoy a wonderful range of Ipswich's favourite restaurants in the comfort of your lounge! This ranges from your 'go to' chains to your top independent restaurants. Lots more businesses are turning to online delivery so their customers don't miss out on that special treat.

Check out our food delivery blog to find out which one of your go to's is delivering to your door...

Have something to look forward to

Have something to look forward to


Having something to look forward to can help keep your hopes up and push through the more difficult days at home. There are lots of options for these treats but why not take some time out to pamper yourself, get your hair cut, your nails done or why not indulge in a full body massage? The options are endless.

If you're unsure about when you'll be able to get to your favourite salon or treatment why not buy a gift card from them as a promise to yourself that you'll have a treat in the near future. If you're not sure what special treat you'd like have a look at our Health and Beauty Directory to see what the wonderful facilities in town have to offer.

Go for a walk

Go for a walk


Ipswich is full of beautiful green spaces where you can get out and explore. And if you live in or around town there's bound to be a wonderful park or walk just a stones throw away.

Our top picks of green spaces:

You don't just have to walk either, why not get on your bike or go for a run?

Get Gardening

Get Gardening


Spring is an excellent time of year to step into the garden and have a rummage around, maybe there's some planting you've been meaning to do or some weeds that need sorting? Being outside is proven to boost both your mental and physical well-being even if you don't have green fingers there's still plenty to do out into the garden.

Suffolk Food Hall's Instagram has loads of plant-spiration for outdoor and indoor gardeners alike!

Emma's Florist also has lots of beautiful images of their lovely flowers to brighten up your day.

Get Baking

Get Baking


If you've got some time on your hands and are looking for something relaxing to do why not try your hand a baking? It's great to spend time focusing on creating something, plus it's delicious and you get to eat it in the end!

Why not try to make the Salthouse Harbour's Chocolate Brownie or Cherry Parfait?


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