Five activities to try while cocooning


It can be hard to stay positive when you’re cocooning, but challenging yourself with new experiences and keeping your brain busy can help keep stress and anxiety at bay.

You might find some of the ideas below useful to keep your mind active during this time.

Join the library

You can join the library online by filling in an online application form. When you join, you can download Borrowbox – Libraries Ireland’s mobile app – which gives you access to five audiobooks and five ebooks at a time, as well as a whole range of other online material – from newspapers and magazines to training courses and a raft of educational material.

Take a virtual tour

Sit back and enjoy a digital journey through art and time. From the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin to the Louvre in Paris – and everywhere in between – there are hundreds of famous sites and landmarks you can visit from the comfort of your armchair. See here for more ideas.

If nature’s your thing you can keep an eye on the animals in Dublin Zoo, or follow one of the many other wildlife webcams online.

Cook and bake

Try new recipes. There are lots of great ideas in this Safefood booklet 101 Square Meals, so it won’t be hard to find something you haven’t tried before. The Irish Heart Foundation also has some great healthy recipes on its website, and cancer patients who are cocooning can find helpful information on nutrition in the General Wellbeing section of our Staying Well While Staying Home webpage.

Play games and puzzles

Keep your mind occupied with a jigsaw, colouring book, craft project or a crossword or Sudoku puzzle. These focused activities can help take your mind off any worries for a time, and can be great fun. Anyone who likes a trivial challenge can also keep an eye on websites and social media pages for the many online quizzes that have started popping up lately, including a weekly quiz on the Cancer Research UK Facebook page

Download an app for video calling

This is great time to get back in touch with friends or family. Try using WhatsApp, Facebook, Skype or Zoom for a video call. The apps are easy to download and use. Have a coffee and a chat – it’s the next best thing to meeting up. 

Contact the Irish Cancer Society Support Line

If you have worries or concerns about cancer, you can speak confidentially to an Irish Cancer Society Cancer Nurse through the Freephone Support Line on 1800 200 700.

Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.00pm