Making the Most of Self-Isolation
The impact of Covid-19 on our day-to-day lives has been massive. As well as the potential physical health issues, spending long periods in isolation in our homes could potentially have a detrimental effect on our mental health. However, this could be the perfect opportunity to take up a new hobby or learn a new skill that you have always wanted to do.
To provide you with some inspiration, we asked employees from across PTS to share what they like to do in their spare time, and the things that they will be doing to stay creative and mindful during this difficult time.
Over the coming weeks we have a series of blogs coming your way, covering activities as diverse as yoga, reading, running and growing vegetables. To start us off, Emma from our customer services team, is going to share how learning a musical instrument has had a positive impact on her life…
#1: Learn How to Play a Musical Instrument
Hi, my name is Emma and I work in the customer services team at PTS.
I’ve been playing the violin since I was 9, having lessons at school and playing in string quartets and groups ever since. For Christmas, I was very lucky to receive an electric guitar and now my boyfriend is trying to teach me heavy metal songs, but I’m used to playing Beethoven!
I have the privilege of playing violin with the Blackpool Symphony Orchestra and last year got to play an epic Music from The Movies concert. We played Jaws, James Bond, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and Harry Potter and some of the orchestra even dressed up as our favourite movie characters!
I’ve been part of the Orchestra for four years now and we have an Outreach program trying to encourage more young people to experience how fun it is to play music in a group. Sometimes bands and music groups from schools are invited to play our concerts with us and it’s lovely to see young people getting involved in playing music in groups and really enjoying the buzz of getting an encore at the end of the concert.
The Benefits and How to Get Started
Playing music has so many benefits:
- You use lots of different parts of your brain when playing
- It can help to improve your confidence, memory and patience
- You can make new friends
- It helps to relieve stress
- Most of all, it’s loads of fun!
To discover more about the benefits of learning how to play a musical instrument, check out this article from Classic FM.
You can pick up musical instruments like recorders and ukuleles easily and cheaply online, and there are plenty of YouTube video music lessons available that can teach you how to play, they’re absolutely free!
Or, if you’re feeling creative, why not make your own instruments? With a cereal box, some elastic bands and craft materials, why not make and decorate your own guitars with your children?