Monday 20th July 2020

Monday: Plan your week

Check out our guide to bullet journaling and plan your week ahead. This week we’ve added a speed cleaning checklist – great if you’re starting to have visitors again or just want to feel a bit more organised!

Tuesday: Resource of the week

Lisa, who was supported through treatment by our team in Edinburgh and is also a qualified nutritionist, explains how her eating was affected during chemo and radiotherapy, and shares her top nutrition advice.

Wednesday: Read this

Ever given yoga a try? Yoga teachers Anna and Kat, who both used to teach classes on our unit in Edinburgh, talk about the mental and physical wellbeing benefits of yoga if you’re going through cancer.

Thursday: Try something new

Self-esteem sentences. Complete the sentences below and keep revisiting them. Do your answers change over time? How do they make you feel?

  • This week I will enjoy doing…
  • I have always wanted to…
  • I often look forward to…
  • I get my strength from…
  • One person I would like to talk to is…
  • I would never…

Friday: Listen to this

James, a young person we’ve been supporting in Leeds, created this excellent podcast episode with the help of the hospital team, sharing his insights on getting through treatment in the time of coronavirus.

We’d love to hear your suggestions for books, podcasts, film themes and anything else that’s helping get you through this time. Please get in touch: email support4you@teenagecancertrust.org

Isolation life hacks - 13 April

Monday

Download our guide to bullet journaling – get started on creating your own bullet journal and plan your week ahead.

Tuesday

Resource of the week: How to sleep better – cancer can make it difficult to get enough rest at the best of times, so check out Professor Jason Ellis’ top tips on how to sleep better. 

Plus, take a trip using Treks on Google Maps, and get exploring from the comfort of your own home.

Wednesday 

Book/podcast club – this week’s recommendations are: 

Fearne Cotton’s Happy Place Podcast, where Fearne interviews celebrities about how they look after their mental health. 

Staying In with Emily & Kumail (Spotify link: https://open.spotify.com/show/7dC7wJHJdDrZpJl6jEZxoc), where the couple share their experiences of isolation including some great tips and advice! 

Thursday

Time to try something new: this week, find and make a new recipe (this might mean getting creative with what you already have in the house!) 

We’d love to see what you come up with – share the results on your Insta stories and tag us in @teenage_cancer 

Friday

Film Friday: This week’s theme is your favourite childhood film. Why not get a group together and arrange a video chat afterwards to discuss what you’ve watched? 

Isolation life hacks - 20 April

Monday: Plan your week

Check out our guide to bullet journaling (with new tips and templates included). Get started on creating your own bullet journal and plan your week ahead.

Tuesday: Resource of the week

Nutrition and cancer: eating a healthy and balanced diet. Get expert advice from our friend Monika, a specialist dietitian, and plan your meals for the week.

Wednesday: Book/podcast club

This week’s recommendation is Trekstock’s excellent Afterthoughts podcast, which shares the stories of young people who’ve been through cancer.

Thursday: Try something new

Every Thursday, the National Theatre are uploading recordings of live theatre productions to their YouTube channel, available for a week. And

The Shows Must Go On! is also making full recordings of Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals available for 48 hours every Friday.

Or if theatre really isn’t your thing, how about a game of ‘No rules Scrabble’? You’ll just need a regular Scrabble set – as long as you can justify your word it’s fair game! Play at home or with a mate over video chat.

Friday: Film club

This week’s theme is your favourite Disney movie. Why not get a group together and arrange a video chat afterwards to discuss what you’ve watched?

Isolation life hacks - 27 April

Monday: Plan your week

We’re regularly adding tips and templates to our guide to bullet journaling. Get started on creating your own if you haven’t already, and plan your week ahead!

Tuesday: Resource of the week

Our friends at MOVE Charity are experts in exercise and cancer rehab. They’ve kindly shared three 10-minute workouts you can do at home.

Wednesday: Book/podcast club

Audible’s new lockdown podcast Locked Together is available for free and features comedy duos including Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney and the Kurupt FM crew.

Thursday: Try something new

Check out Google Arts & Culture and take virtual tours of some of the most amazing museums, galleries, sites around the world.

Friday: Film club

This week’s theme is your favourite action movie. Why not get a group together and arrange a video chat afterwards to discuss what you’ve watched?

Isolation life hacks - 4 May

Monday: Plan your week

Check out our guide to bullet journaling (with new tips and templates included). Get started on creating your own bullet journal and plan your week ahead.

Tuesday: Resource of the week

Top tips on protecting your mental wellbeing and coping with anxiety and isolation – by Kirsty, Aggie, Ammarah, Nat and Abi from our Youth Advisory Group.

Wednesday: Book/podcast club

The AfterThoughts podcast, created by Toby Peach and Alice-May Purkiss and supported by our friends over at Trekstock, shares the stories of young people who’ve been through cancer. We can’t recommend it highly enough!

Thursday: Try something new

Tune into our Instagram live @teenage_cancer at 4pm this Thursday (7 May) for a very special live performance from the amazing New Hope Club!

Friday: Film club

Since Monday is May the Fourth, this week’s theme is Star Wars (sorry… see here if that pun means nothing to you. But also, watch the films!) Why not get a group together and arrange a video chat afterwards to discuss what you’ve watched?

Isolation life hacks - 11 May

Monday: Plan your week

We’re regularly adding new tips and templates to our guide to bullet journaling (with new tips and templates included). Get started on creating your own bullet journal and plan your week ahead.

Tuesday: Resource of the week

In case you missed it first time round: The Social Sketchup is a series of daily sketching challenges to calm your mind, boost your mood and get your creativity flowing.

Wednesday: Book/podcast club

This week’s recommendation is Harry Potter at Home – watch and listen to Daniel Radcliffe reading the first chapter, with more special video readings in the upcoming weeks and loads more great stuff to check out on the site!

Thursday: Try something new

Need more quiz-spiration? Virtual Pub Quiz is a YouTube channel with a wide variety of quizzes you can do individually or as a group. The National Theatre quiz is also great – with questions read by famous actors on a variety of topics.

Friday: Film club

Sticking with a theme, this week it’s time to watch some Harry Potter films. Perfect nostalgic comfort viewing for these times – or if you’ve never seen them before, now’s your chance! Why not get a group together and arrange a video chat afterwards to discuss what you’ve watched?

Isolation life hacks - 18 May

Monday: Plan your week

We’re regularly adding new tips and templates to our guide to bullet journaling. Get started on creating your own bullet journal and plan your week ahead.

Tuesday: Resource of the week

This week we’ve got a new video from our friend, psychologist Martin Burder. He explains the ‘negativity bias’ and how you can overcome it by starting your day with a few simple, positive thoughts.

Wednesday: Book/podcast club

Check out the excellent Table Manners podcast hosted by Jessie Ware: ‘a podcast about food, family, and the beautiful art of having a chat’.

Thursday: Insta live

Tune in to our Instagram live at 6pm for a cancer and exercise Q&A with cancer rehab specialist Gemma from MOVE charity and personal trainer Eddy!

Friday: Film club

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week and we could all use some kindness right now – so choose and watch your favourite feelgood film. Why not get a group together and arrange a video chat afterwards to discuss what you’ve watched?

Isolation life hacks - 25 May

Monday: Plan your week

We’re regularly adding new tips and templates to our guide to bullet journaling. Get started on creating your own bullet journal and plan your week ahead.

Tuesday: Resource of the week

Try our 30-day drawing challenge and get tips and ideas for creating art with other people.

Wednesday: Insta live

Head to our Instagram at 6pm for a LIVE drawing workshop with renowned illustrator Pete McKee, and amazing young artist Jessica whose art helped her through cancer treatment.

Thursday: Try something new

Always felt like you should give Shakespeare a try? Check out this amazing free resource which gives you access to the full text and audio recordings of all the plays, sonnets and poems for a limited time only.

Friday: Film club

Since there’s a bit of an illustration theme going on, this week it’s time to watch your favourite Marvel or DC Comics movie – we’re talking Batman, Superman, Avengers or anything from those worlds! Why not get a group together and arrange a video chat afterwards to discuss what you’ve watched?

Isolation life hacks - 1 June

Monday: Plan your week

We’re regularly adding new tips and templates to our guide to bullet journaling. Get started on creating your own bullet journal and plan your week ahead.

Tuesday: Resource of the week

Are wigs an option for young guys having chemo? What are the best skincare products to use during treatment? Check out our hair and beauty advice for top tips.

Wednesday: Book/podcast club

Listen to the new podcast from our friends at Sketch Appeal on the power of everyday creativity, with episode 1 featuring the awesome Holly chatting about her music, art and cancer diagnosis.

Thursday: Try something new

Give Life Kitchen a follow on Insta for live cook-along sessions and delicious recipes specially created to help you rediscover your love of food during and after cancer.

Friday: Film club

This week – pick a film from the year you were born. Why not get a group together and arrange a video chat afterwards to discuss what you’ve watched?

Isolation life hacks - 8 June

Monday: Mental wellbeing check-in

It’s been an eventful week and an overwhelming few months. Take a moment to remind yourself of our young people’s top tips on protecting your mental wellbeing. Especially the bits about being kind to yourself and taking regular breaks from the news and social media.

The NHS’s Every Mind Matters is another really useful resource if you need more support.

And Metro have compiled a list of online mental health resources for Black people which you may find helpful right now.

Tuesday: Recommended reading

As Black Lives Matter protests continue worldwide, you might be feeling like you want to educate yourself and learn more about racism and injustice. There are some great lists out there to help you get started and keep those important conversations going – here are just a few.

Bustle: Books About Race In Britain To Add To Your Anti-Racist Reading List

The Guardian: Anti-racist books for all children and teens

Wednesday: Podcasts

Stylist: 12 podcasts that focus on compelling discussions around race in 2020

Thursday: Instagram accounts

Bustle: Instagram Accounts To Follow For Self-Education On Black History & Anti-Racist Action In The UK

Friday: Films and TV

Evening Standard: 19 Netflix movies, shows and documentaries about race and racism

Isolation life hacks - 15 June

Monday: Plan your week

Check out our guide to bullet journaling and plan your week ahead. This week we’ve added a lovely new reading tracker template.

Tuesday: Resource of the week

Chef Ryan Riley shows you how to make pineapple tacos: a quick and easy recipe that’s especially good if you’re struggling with taste changes as a side effect of cancer treatment.

Wednesday: Book/podcast club

Keeping with the foodie theme, Pandemic Pantry is a new weekly podcast all about food in the UK at the time of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Thursday: Try something new

The BorrowBox app enables you to access e-books and audiobooks through your local library. You’ll need to sign up for an account through your local library to get a login code, but you can do this easily online. Give it a try!

Friday: FYSOT special

This weekend, we would have been holding one of our much-loved Find Your Sense of Tumour events. We’re gutted we had to cancel, but we’re working on exciting new ways to offer support instead, so check back in soon.

For those missing out, here are some video versions of the fab talks and workshops from previous years:

If you’ve been before, why not use this weekend to get back in touch with a friend you made at FYSOT and reminisce?

Isolation life hacks - 22 June

Monday: Plan your week

Check out our guide to bullet journaling and plan your week ahead. This week we’ve added a TV show tracker template.

Tuesday: Resources of the week

June is Pride month, and while this year’s celebrations are a bit different from usual, it’s just as important to show we stand with the LGBTQ+ community – this month and all year round.

If you’re an LGBTQ+ young person with cancer:

More resources for LGBTQ+ young people:

And here’s a great article on how to be an ally with lots of helpful links:

Wednesday: Read/listen/follow

Thursday: Insta LIVE

Cancer and body image. Natasha, who was supported on our Cardiff unit, joins beauty expert Trish for a chat and skincare demo. Head to our Instagram at 6pm to tune in!

Friday: Film and TV

Isolation life hacks - 6 July

Monday: Plan your week

Check out our guide to bullet journaling and plan your week ahead. This week we’ve added a new planner to help you set and achieve goals.

Tuesday: Resource of the week

Our friends at Cancer Hair Care are kindly offering FREE hair loss support packs and expert advice for young people with cancer who are unable to access their services in person.

Wednesday: Webinars coming soon!

Want advice and support on creating a CV, covering letter or interview skills? In the next two weeks our partner Morgan Stanley are hosting webinars, CV checking and mock interviews – find out more and sign up.

Thursday: Try something new

Write your future self a letter. Tell yourself how you’re feeling right now, what life is like and what you hope for yourself in the future.

Friday: Film club

Seeing as we’ve just had July 4th aka. Independence Day, your theme for this week is sci-fi. Why not get a group together and arrange a video chat afterwards to discuss what you’ve watched?

Isolation life hacks - 13 July

Monday: Plan your week

Check out our guide to bullet journaling and plan your week ahead. This week: why not set yourself the challenge of growing and nurturing a plant over the summer? Keep track using our lovely new plant observer template.

Tuesday: Resource of the week

Kaleb from our Youth Advisory Group shared this fantastic blog on his experience of visiting hospital for a brain tumour MRI and check-up during the coronavirus pandemic, and his advice if you’re anxious about a hospital visit of your own.

Wednesday: Watch/read

Michelle’s currently having treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and shared her insights about going through cancer as a young person from the LGBTQ+ community in these brilliant videos.

Thursday: Try something new

Create a self-portrait in one continuous line. Don’t take your pen/finger/cursor off the paper/screen at any point!

Friday: Film club

Under ‘normal’ circumstances we might be enjoying the end of the school/uni year around this time – so how about a classic high school movie instead? Why not get a group together and arrange a video chat afterwards to discuss what you’ve watched?