The everyday activist: 5 ways to have a positive and productive summer

Health & Beauty’s Helen Daly shares micro-missions to help boost everyone’s mood (yours included!)
Illustration: Toby Neilan

Stop wasting food

I’m watching ‘quarantine cookalongs’ online to help me make use of basic ingredients and avoid being wasteful. My current fave? Live cooking with superstar Italian chef @massimobottura. Bellissimo!

Help ease loneliness

The elderly have been hit hard by social distancing, so visit ageuk.org.uk and check out its Call in Time service. You’ll be matched with a like-minded person aged 60+, who you can phone for a weekly 30-minute chat.

Be part of the good news movement

Follow the aptly titled @goodnews_movement for uplifting stories from around the world, and @Upworthy for amazing accounts of human kindness – poignant in these strange times.

Rescue things from the rubbish

As I’ve got more time on my hands just now (*grits teeth*), I’m going to repurpose stuff I’d normally bin: recyclethis.co.uk has more than 14,000 ideas for reusing or recycling items. Genius.

Embrace plant power

Order seeds for herbs, plus low-growing and dwarf vegetables (which are suitable for window boxes or small gardens). Plant them with your kids, then together cook the resulting produce. Win-win!


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