During these unprecedented times of self-isolation and social distancing, it's more important than ever to take care of your mental health and wellbeing. Although local gyms, leisure centres and wellbeing spaces are currently closed, many have moved their much-needed services online. Here's our roundup of virtual ways to take care of your wellbeing during this difficult time...
Relax Your Mind with The Soul Spa
Just a few steps from Thermae Bath Spa, The Soul Spa is a tranquil sanctuary offering regular 20-minute drop-in meditation sessions throughout the day. Although not currently able to open its doors, The Soul Spa's team are offering live-streamed mental relaxation classes which are specially tailored to meet our needs in the current lockdown. Classes include an immunity booster, a family session, and a class designed to help promote good sleep.
The Soul Spa has partnered up with local mental health charity Bath Mind, with £1 of every class going directly to Bath Mind to support their essential services for the local community, which are more vital than ever during this challenging time.
If you're looking for more ways to support your mental health, you can find lots of resources on the Bath Mind website.
Work on your Wellbeing with The Edge
The Edge is Bath's largest arts centre, home to the Andrew Brownsword Gallery, one of Bath's newest contemporary gallery spaces. Ordinarily, you can enjoy exhibitions, performances, talks, workshops and a café serving delicious homemade cakes, snacks and drinks.
The Edge values the importance of creativity and know the impact it can have on wellbeing in times like these. They are pleased that they can continue to offer their Wellbeing Classes, which have all moved online. Take an energising yoga class, tone your body with barre fluid, dance yourself fit, or sing your heart out in their Wellbeing Choir, which is open to all singing levels.
Stay In and Work Out with Team Bath
The University of Bath, ranked the 6th best university in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2020, is home to world-class sporting facilities, supporting both recreational and professional sporting development.
Whilst their Sports Training Village is currently closed, the university’s Sports Department, Team Bath, are offering a weekly schedule of free Stay In, Work Out fitness activities to help people keep active and have fun whilst in lockdown. Take your pick from body conditioning classes, daily challenges from Team Bath Tennis and Team Bath Netball, fun activities for kids, home workouts using shopping bags, HIIT classes for beginners and much more.
Stay Active with the YMCA Bath
The YMCA Bath offers good-value clean and comfortable accommodation and a Health and Wellbeing Centre offering exercise facilities and a timetable of fitness classes. Whilst the YMCA Bath is closed to the public, the team are keen to help people stay physically and mentally healthy, and have put together a timetable of free streamed classes. Classes on offer include a Monday morning yoga in PJs, a bodyweight HIIT session, mixed martial arts, a kettlebell class and a meditation session.
The YMCA is a charity whose work with vulnerable young people is ongoing throughout this crisis. They are, therefore, giving those who want and are able to the option to make a donation to help continue their charitable work during these tough times.