RELAX

 
Sometimes this world can be incredibly stressful, so it’s important to take time out to relax. That’s easier said than done though, so at a time when anxiety and stress are high we’ve cut some of the stress out and gathered together some top tips and resources to help you relax. 
 
 
 

Spend 10 minutes on your breathing

Breath in through your nose and imagine you are filling a ballon in your stomach and breathe out through your mouth.

Roll a Tennis Ball under your feet

Gently roll a ball under your arches, stopping to apply more pressure when you find a tender spot.

Laughing

Visit the Marine Biology Camp

Get lost underwater virtually and join the Oceans Initiative Stream live everyday at 7pm (BST) on Instagram or Facebook.

Take a Laugh Break

Working for hours at a time can be hard, and to help relax all we need to do is laugh, so watch a short video on Youtube or read a comic or whatever makes you laugh.

Laughing

Use a Stress Ball

When angry and stressed, it can be tempting to throw whatever is in front of you out the window, but instead try squeezing a stress ball – a safer and cheaper option.

Stress Ball

Ride on the Hogwarts Express

Take a (virtual) ride on the Hogwarts Express, courtesy of Universal studios. You won’t even have to face any Dementors!

Breathe

There are many different ways we can help ourselves relax, and finding a correct breathing technique can help us through times of stress/anxiety. Check out these breathing exercises or listen to the audio on the homepage with different breathing techniques.

Yoga Pose Meditation

Girls Like That Live

Girls Like That is an ensemble play exploring the pressures on young people today in the wake of advancing technology.

King Lear Live

This version of King Lear was created specifically for younger audiences and played in schools across England.

Macbeth Live from the Globe

Watch Macbeth, created especially for young people, filmed from Shakespeare’s most famous stage, the Globe Theatre.

Cirque du Soleil Live

Stream this playlist of 1 hour specials of recorded shows from Cirque du Soleil.

Have a relaxing hot drink

Sometimes something small, like a hot drink, specifically the smells of a hot drink, can reduce stress levels.

Yoga Pose Meditation

Say your ABC’s backward

Saying the alphabet backwards to yourself can temporarily shift your focus and help you relax.

Yoga Pose Meditation

Body Scan Relaxation

Use these quick exercises from Newport Academy to relax your body and calm your mind.

Yoga Pose Meditation

Relax like a cat

Download this colourful PDF for younger children to practice controlled breathing and muscle relaxation like a cat.

Yoga Pose Meditation

Family Concert

Watch members of the Berliner Philharmoniker along with dancers perform The Toy Box. Free sign up required to watch

AR Museum

Google Arts & Culture

Google have created a smartphone app which allows you to discover museums around the world from your living room.

MoMA

Play Comfort Games

Take your pick from these 10 comfort games, which encourage kindness, community and well-being.

Harry Potter at Home

Various celebrities are reading the Harry Potter books, including the Boy Who Lived himself Daniel Radcliffe.

Listen to an Audio Book

Amazon’s audio service. Can access a large collection of stories for educational and entertainment purposes.

Go on a virtual Disney ride

Take a trip to Disney land and have a virtual ride on the splash mountain ride.

Music to help with sleep

Having trouble sleeping or relaxing your mind, try playing this, lying down and taking some deep breaths.

Listen to British bird song

Listen to the 257 different bird songs of birds that are commonly found in Britain.

Music for Wellbeing

Discover a range of playlists to lead you from one state of mind and body to another in the way that you choose.

Live Aquarium Cam

See a range of live feeds including dolphins, otters, turtles and pelicans.