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How to stay healthy, happy and positive in London right now

New year, same horrible circumstances. That's why we've launched One Good Thing to Do Today: to inspire you to do one good thing for yourself every day for the next 50

By Time Out contributors
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London is great. That’s why you (probably) live here. At this precise moment however, a lot of the things that make London great are temporarily absent. As a result it’s easy to lose your mojo. Do not lose your mojo, whatever happens. Your mojo is of the utmost importance to Time Out.

We want you to feel healthy, content and inspired all through the darker weeks ahead. Every day we’ll be posting suggestions for stuff you can (still) do in the capital that will cheer you up, give you energy, engage you or just generally fill you with a sense of saintly gladness.

So, brace for culture. Prepare for mini hikes. Expect edifying streaming entertainment and flavoursome vegan takeaways. Follow Time Out’s daily diet of London stuff and, who knows, you might end up remembering the start of 2021 for all the right reasons. Weirder things have happened, friend. Joe Mackertich, editor

Good things to do today

Photograph: Sunday Goodies
Photograph: Sunday Goodies

1. Cure your lockdown blues with Sunday Goodies’ cookies

News Eating

Finding it hard to make the weekends feel special at the moment? Yeah, same. One way to guarantee that a weekend feels, er,  weekendy? Order a future present to yourself from Sunday Goodies. It’s a baked good delivery service that you can book to drop you off a batch of fresh-cooked treats for you to enjoy on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. The line-up changes weekly but you can expect blondies, cookies, macaroons and more, with prices starting at £13ish.

 

Photograph: Shutterstock
Photograph: Shutterstock

2. Avoid obsessing about the current world crisis by worrying about another one too

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It’s probably been quite a while since you sat around a dining table with your most ignorant relatives, but why not us the next few weeks to prep yourself for when the terrible time comes?Interactive online school AimHi is launching a new course focused on teaching you everything you need to know about climate change. It consists of four live lessons, covering everything from the science of global heating to the psychology behind why it’s hard for humans to comprehend.

 

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3. Maybe mindful creative writing is the hobby you've been missing all this time?

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You know what’s nice? Writing things. Whether it’s scrawling horrible stuff about your annoying neighbours in your diary or penning a 45-minute spoken word poem about your pet hamster – doing some writing will always make you feel a bit better.That’s why we’re excited to hear about the Creative Writing Breakfast Club run by London-based poet and performer Laurie Bolger. They’ve worked with everyone from Glastonbury to the Royal Albert Hall to Sky before, as well as running workshops for wannabe writers too. Now they’ve brought them online.

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Photograph: Shutterstock/Time Out
Photograph: Shutterstock/Time Out

7. Actually do Couch to 5k

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People had suggested the running app Couch to 5K to me in the past, but I’d just nod and think ‘a MACHINE telling me HOW and WHEN to run? No thank you sir, I have seen ‘I Robot’, I know how that ends.’ I figured those apps were exclusively for people who wanted to post their running distance on Instagram while they ‘trained for the marathon’, and I wanted no part of that noise. Then, March 2020 arrived.

Photograph: Charlie McKay
Photograph: Charlie McKay

8. Ease yourself back into drinking with these London-made hard seltzers

News Drinking

If you smashed your Dry January KPIs, you might fancy cheersing yourself at home. But after a month of sobriety, maybe you quite like some of the noticeable plus sides from cutting down on the drink (hello, good sleep!). Here’s a halfway house for you, then: hard seltzer. The ‘spiked’ sparkling water is totally on trend – and it’s low in alcohol, too.

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Photograph: Shutterstock

9. Make Pornstar Martinis at home with a new kit from the cocktail's actual creator

News Drinking

It’s the UK’s number one cocktail, the pinnacle party drink (served with a shot of prosecco on the side) and the first thing ordered at the bar on any given episode of ‘First Dates’. But despite those very impressive vital statistics, it’s likely your Pornstar Martini intake has plummeted since the doors to bars were shut. Since it’s exactly the kind of drink to put a smile on your face, maybe it’s time to mix it for yourself. For rookies at making the passionfruit bevvy, what better way to school yourself than with a kit conceived by the same brilliant London mind that created the cocktail in the first place?

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Photograph: Foteini Christofilopoulou
Photograph: Foteini Christofilopoulou

11. Learn to dance like no one's watching

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The Royal Academy of Dance is London’s elite marine corp of quick-stepping jive daddies. They are, quite simply, the best at boogying. This year they want to help you. They’ve seen you ‘dancing’, thrashing around like a terrified chimpanzee in a coal mine. And they’ve said: ‘enough’. It's time to teach you how to get down.

a mesmerising games app on an iphone
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12. Download a relaxing phone game

Things to do Games and hobbies

The real world is challenging enough right now. You don't needing a bleepy-bloopy screen to fill your teary eyes with any more drama than is absolutely necessary. That's why this might just be the perfect time to discover a few relaxing, ambient-style puzzle games. Attain actual inner peace (or at least get to sleep at night) with these genuinely good and not-at-all stressful games for your trusty phone. To make the experience even more zen-like, you'll be happy to know they're all absolutely free to download.

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Photograph: About Gong
Photograph: About Gong

13. Have a virtual gong bath

News City Life

Here’s a deal you won’t see in Iceland: buy two meditation sessions, get one free. For £16 you can bag three virtual gong baths from east London studio Gong. It’s the perfect way to dip your toe into the trippy world of sound meditation before mayyyyybe attending a real life sesh when things open up again.

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Photograph: Shutterstock
Photograph: Shutterstock

17. Walk some of the Capital Ring

News City Life

London might not have the vast countryside fields that you’ll find in the home counties, but the city does have a surprising amount of green space. In fact, 47 percent of the capital is green space.

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Photograph: DabbaDrop
Photograph: DabbaDrop

24. Subscribe to DabbaDrop

News Eating

Founded by Hackney-based pals Anshu Ahuja and Renee Williams, the premise is this: delicious vegan curries in eco-packaging, delivered by bike.

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