We’re often told going for a walk or hitting the pool is good for our mental health, but what about when the weather is so cold outside it makes us shiver?
Well, we have the perfect solution, wellbeing classes that can be done indoors while you stay cosy.
Say hello to ClassBento, a quirky online marketplace that sells experiences for your memories to treasure for a lifetime.
Not only are there festive challenges, such as learning how to make your own wreath and cooking up tasty puff pastry Christmas trees, there are also activities to suit every season.
Having initially launched in Australia before landing in the UK, the ClassBento team hope that their hundreds of classes on offer can connect aspiring students with local artisans and makers who teach fun workshops across the country all while improving the wellbeing of Brits.
There is even a taste of Oz, the perfect pick for anyone pining for a holiday, whereby you can visit the Sydney Opera House while in lockdown and join their photography masterclass.
We’d be fibbing if the virtual gin tour and tasting experience hadn’t caught our eye, while in close second position we’re tempted by learning how to make chocolate brownies. That said, the mindful meditation sounds just like what we need to see this year out.
If you’ve got little ones, the pottery for kids with clay could be up your street, as well as the dreamtime stories and painting, or if you have the stomach for mess, the slime-making lesson!
So, how does it work?
Once you have selected your workshop of choice, any class that requires material will be sent to you in a craft box and delivered to your door in time for the live-streaming class.
Chatting about the UK launch, CEO and co-founder John Tabari said it is more important than ever to stay socially and mentally active during these testing times apart.
John said: “Our incredible live-stream teachers’ workshops have been instrumental in helping to keep friends and families connected during lockdown in Australia and the time felt right to now bring these to the UK too.
“We hope we can do our bit to help friends, workmates and families with kids keep connected and stay stimulated during lockdowns.”
In addition to their great work, the ClassBento team will donate a percentage for every box purchased to Dementia UK who support families and carers living with the condition.
If you’re not quite sure there is something for you, a workshop can make the perfect alternative Christmas gift for a loved one if you’re struggling with what to get them this year.
To find out more or book a class, visit: ClassBento