Holly’s Top Tips for Isolation: Number 7

Holly's Top Tips for Isolation: Number 7

Holly, who's spent over two years in isolation due to treatment for her Neurofibromatosis, give us some help on how to cope with lockdown. Here is her Top Tips for Isolation: Number 7.

Number 7: Play a game

As week six of lockdown starts, Holly shares her top tips for isolation number 7!

Holly absolutely loves to play games to pass the time during isolation. Fun, engaging, time consuming and sociable, games are one of the best ways to entertain your family during the lockdown. Whether it’s a game of Cluedo or a round of Mario Kart, games are a lifesaver when it comes to beating boredom.

Both board and video games are not only fun, but they boast a wealth of benefits for the brain. Playing board games with children can help them develop their logical thinking and reasoning skills, and can improve their ability to concentrate for prolonged periods of time. Board games are also excellent for developing fine motor skills, as they help improve both dexterity and coordination. Playing any game releases endorphins in the brain, elevating our mood, and helping to lower blood pressure. The best part about games, however, be it Scrabble, Animal Crossing, or a virtual pub quiz is that it keeps us connected, which is more important now than ever before.

Video games are even doing their part to help. Some of the most popular online games have been updated to have banners and adverts in the game world encouraging players to stay home. Even the World Health Organisation is getting onboard, encouraging players to stay home with their campaign #PlayApartTogether

So look out the Snakes and Ladders, plug in the PS4; get playing. Just don’t challenge Holly to Four-in-a-Row; she’s guaranteed to win!

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Holly and her family passing time with a board game. You can read more about Holly and her COVID-19 experience here.

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