Keeping busy and keeping calm

Alison Tordoff is an Immersive Designer, artist…and busy mother. So when she talks about ways to fill the days during a crisis, she’s calling on her creative talents AND her organisational skills. Here’s a selection of her Boredom Quenchers, Mood Boosters and Anxiety Calmers.


  • Chess
  • Pick up sticks
  • Tiddly winks
  • Walking
  • Bike Ride
  • Create a dog agility course from household items such as buckets and broom sticks
  • Get out in the garden
  • Re-arrange your plants in pots
  • Simple pleasures: the traditional game of Tiddly Winks

    Simple pleasures: the traditional game of Tiddly Winks

 Easy Makes  

  • Cushion with blanket stitch
  • Make an outdoor sofa from wooden palettes
  • Cushion from old denim
  • Hanging plant pot from a noodle pot
  • Cushion up-cycled tops
  • Blanket Stitch
  • Up-cycle furniture
  • Make a photo book
  • Make a painting
  • Make a lantern
  • Make a ‘jeans’ apron
  • Coat hanger bird feeder
  • Shelf styling with pictures/art
Upcycle furniture

Upcycle furniture

Mental health hints

  • “Four legs of a chair” approach…do one thing for business, home, self & community
  • Do small tasks and don’t get overwhelmed
  • Limit your news updates to just twice a day.
  • Exercise and get outside
  • Tidy your house! From small tasks to instant results with a box load. Need a break from the clutter – go outside for a while
  • Take one space, de clutter, make it your haven
  • Sort your wardrobe and donate to clothing banks
  • Listen to the radio/blog/story
  • Trouble sleeping? – Use Calm App stories.
  • Forest bathing
The healing properties of forest bathing

The healing properties of forest bathing


Money saving tips

  • Draft excluders on doors
  • Change lighting layers
  • Dishwasher: use correct programme
  • Look for eco-friendly home cleaning products
  • Burn dried coffee granules and grounds to keep pests away
  • Plastic strap to clear drains


  • Be creative: try new recipes
  • Use ingredients from your store cupboard
  • Pancakes: try new flavour combos
  • Clean your cupboards out and re-organise them.
  • Organise your herbs
  • Make a cocktail

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For the fun of it

  • Learn to play new instrument
  • Play your favourite tunes and sing
  • Maybe first learn to sing !
  • Record a song
  • Garage band

 Planning Ahead

  • Bucket list
  • Plan your next adventure
  • Plan your interior updates
  • Organise your photos
  • Learn a new skill online




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