• Chloe Rollings

What's on your Watchlist?

With so much uncertainty around, and the very real challenges of isolation, carers tell us they are turning to uplifting films to keep their spirits up. What are the films and show that are helping you stay positive?

Since the increased restrictions and the requirement for us all to stay home, many carers have turned to the lives of characters in films, TV shows, books and videos as a way to keep a sense of perspective on everything. Whether you transport yourself to another world, solve a mystery or sing along to a musical, there is something for everyone.

One of the great things about investing in one of these stories or characters, is that many others have done the same which can lead to so many new conversations with family, friends and like-minded people. When Mobilise talked to Carers about sharing TV show interests with others, they highlighted the sense of community; they talked about how you might start repeating the classic one liners, sharing inside jokes or predicting what’s coming next.

If you’re the competitive type, the programme or film might also become the basis of your round for an online quiz night. Carers also talked about how it could also create opportunities to start conversations, recommend new shows to add to the watchlist or start a video book club to help bring everyone a little bit closer us in a time of isolation and distancing.

These unprecedented times have also encouraged a surge in online learning. Videos, documentaries and social media live streams can be educational to support in whatever online adventure you choose to undertake. It can allow you to travel anywhere in the world, gain a small insight into the culture and provide you with the tools to learn a new skill. One Carer said these are really useful for children who are learning at home, especially if they can follow along , like the exercises with Joe Wicks or guitar lessons with James Bay.

Another carer said:

"It is important to remember that sometimes we just need a good laugh! A comedy or action drama to lift the spirits can be just what is needed. The great thing is that you get to decide what you watch and when you watch it!"

When speaking to Carers about their current TV and Film line ups, there's a pretty broad range coming out. Whilst some Carers recommended programmes on streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime, others shared their experiences of using Youtube Videos and TV Channel on Demand services in order to watch their favourite programmes or films. There was certainly a benefit to a TV series being an easy watch and definite calls for the return of Soap Operas! We also talked about the live streams of animals at various zoos. For example, Edinburgh Zoo are offering Live Streams of many of their animals and Chester Zoo ran a virtual open day.

During these conversations, Carers shared their top tips which included using key word searches to find the types of things you might be interested in and checking if any subscription services offer a free trial, just remember to cancel it before you are charged!

And for those who simply aren’t TV people, there are dozens of podcasts or radio shows to follow such as the Radio 4 Comedy Podcasts. Another one to try could the new Breakfast Show, ‘Wakey’ which promises to be uplifting and feel good entertainment!

What are you using to keep your mood up? Hop onto our Facebook group and let us know.

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