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Daily Drop-in: Sunday 17 May
Worried you don't have a face mask? Here's a simple way to make your own

It's natural to feel worried about going back out into the world after lockdown.

Governments and health agencies may be asking you to wear a face mask in enclosed areas, such as in shops and on public transport -- but what if you can't get hold of one?

Medical-grade masks should be saved for people fighting the virus on the frontline, while most other types may still be sold out.

However, there are ways to make your own mask using material you have at home. In fact, any old T-shirt will do.

No sewing is involved, and all you need is some scissors and the cloth.

How to do it:

  1. Cut 7 or 8 inches of fabric from the bottom to make a rectangle.
  2. Cut out a smaller rectangle 6 or 7 inches long starting from one edge of the fabric. Leave a small amount of fabric at the top and bottom.
  3. Cut tie strings in the top and bottom pieces of fabric.
  4. Tie the strings around your neck, then over the top of your head.

Quote of the day

Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one. -- Hans Selye

Fed up with cooking? Don’t reach for processed food

You may be sick of cooking and cleaning the kitchen on repeat, but try to avoid reaching for processed foods like crisps, pastries, sausages, cakes and ready meals.

Studies show that what you eat not only affects your physical health, but may also affect how you feel.

If you don’t get the nutrients you need by eating balanced meals, this can affect:

  • your energy levels
  • your mood
  • how clearly you can think

Why not try new or unusual recipes using the ingredients you have at home to put some fun back into your kitchen? Or make more vegetarian meals, or order healthier takeaways if you’re really stuck.

If you follow a specific diet or have a medical condition such as diabetes it’s even more important to stick to as healthy a diet as possible during this time.

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