Covid-19: staying sane during self-isolation in the New Forest

Covid-19: staying sane during self-isolation in the New Forest

With weeks of social distancing, home-working, home-schooling and empty diaries ahead of us, guidance on how we can find mindfulness and positivity...

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Updated 22 May - originally however published in March hence time related references 

New for children and big kids too: something to do on rainy days: free downloads to paint colour or make cards https://www.sandrabinney.com/free-downloads/Sandra Binney is a local artist and lives near Lepe.

The whole world has turned upside down and inside out in little more than a week, yet as the excellent Anne Atkins demonstrated in her lovely Thought for Today on Radio 4 this morning (NB last week’s was brilliant too https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p086vsdp), the ability of humankind to adapt positively to crisis seems to know no bounds.

500,000 people of all ages and from all walks of life immediately volunteering to help the NHS through the crisis is simply amazing.

As our beautiful and beloved New Forest itself changes too with the closure of the main car parks, many contemplating their daily permitted exercise especially as the weekend approaches will be disappointed - but undoubtedly everybody will find a solution somehow.

However most people will also wobble from time to time!

So here follow a few thoughts and tips from local businesses, for staying sane through these unprecedented times of challenge for us on so many levels. 

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Live streamed yoga: exercise, calm and relaxation all combined - without even the stress of travel!

Most people had never used the word zoom other than in its old guise of buzzing about, now however Zoom is in every household and it's literally revolutionising the ways in which we can not only hold business meetings but also continue our precious yoga classes. Having "attended" our first Wednesday mutli-level yoga with Ruth Bush in my living room I can report extremely positively about how quickly we all adapted - and the yoga mat on the carpet was also a good deal more comfortable than on the hard village hall floor! (Contact Ruth, New Forest Yoga, via her website here.)

  • Also at The Hub, NLP life coach and yoga teacher Shelley Edwards is offering a bundle of 6 videos of classes for £48. These are a mix of yoga, breathing techniques, meditation and more which you can download and do any time over and over again. Find details here: https://www.thenaturalhealthhub.co.uk/classes/yoga/

  • Also Heart Yoga is offering free online beginners yoga for menopause classes, plus other self-care techniques; contact Sally at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

sit ups at Shape Up FitnessKeep up your fitness (good for building a strong immune system!)

Head out on a walk (sticking to the latest regulations relating to coronavirus of course) - find a few ideas in our walks section. Some New Forest National Park car parks have been closed during the coronavirus crisis - for up to date information see https://www.forestryengland.uk/new-forest-closures.

If you find some favourite walks, write them down and send us details on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. along with some relevant photos for inclusion in this section!

Get some culture...

  • You could also read the articles in our Local History section. If you know an interesting local history story write it down and send it to us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any relevant images for inclusion in this section!
  • National Theatre have launched #NationalTheatreAtHome. Every Thursday from 7pm, you will be able to watch some of the best British theatre from the comfort of your living room, via YouTube for free for one week. It all kicks off with James Corden in the hilarious #OneManTwoGuvnors on 2 April at 7pm.

Learn something new...

  • Calling all riders! Amanda Barton at Tilefield Equestrian is putting together some Groundwork Tutorial videos on her YouTube channel (click link here to view)
  • (And if you already have a horse remember what Celtic Equine said: 

Chat with your friends...

  • Being so busy we've become a bit un-used to just picking up the phone!  And in fact we are being encouraged to use landlines where possible to save on the airwaves...with some upbeat chit chat we can help others to feel better which also has a positive impact on ourselves. 
  • If you haven't yet discovered the app Houseparty it's going to become a household name like Zoom, very quickly!  Download it now and give it a go! 
  • Here are a load more lovely suggestions from Peter Armstrong (thank you Peter from your Facebook page)


"Even if most people are stuck inside their respective homes, you are still surrounded by a community of people who love and want the best for you! Now is the perfect time to remember that..here are just a few suggestions on how to deepen your connections with the people in your world during this crazy time:

  • Pick up the phone and call your friends, loved ones, customers and/or clients to see how they’re doing
  • Email or PM people to check in on them and let them know you’re thinking of them
  • Go beyond “liking” people’s posts on social media – and start commenting on them instead. Conversation deepens the connection
  • Set up weekly coffee or “happy hour” dates with your friends on Skype, Zoom, or FaceTime so you see each other’s faces
  • Join (or even start) a community Facebook group to help people during this time
  • Participate in a Facebook group for people in your industry, so you can collaborate on solutions to the unique challenges you’re facing right now
  • Look for opportunities to volunteer in your local community
  • Look for opportunities to share your knowledge or experience to help others

The more you reach out to others to connect with them and offer help where you are able, the more deeply connected you will feel to everyone in your community. And that sense of connection will feed your soul, strengthen your faith in humanity, and create a ton of great goodwill that will make it easier for you to thrive in the days and weeks to come.  We're all in this together!"

(If you'd like to read more from Peter he has lots of helpful information on his Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/peterjarmstrong1

Parents homeschooling can find useful resources and advice here.

If you contact a business, please mention Lymington.com - we're a small local business too and need your support too :-)

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Find other useful information during the coronavirus crisis here - including community help groups. This includes a printable postcard that you can drop round to neighbours (do knock on their door and say hello too) - remember some of your neighbours may not have access to the internet or social media.

Find details of New Forest businesses carrying out local deliveries here.




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