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12 Melbourne ways to survive working from home

If you’ve found yourself working from home more often (or for the very first time!), it’s important to keep looking after yourself. It might seem appealing at first, but being on your own more than usual can become challenging. We’ve pulled together a list of 12 things to bring a bit of self care to your day.

Order in a foodie care package

Earl Canteen is bringing working-week essentials right to your door. Designed for home, their care packs will keep you eating well during the week. Think sourdough bread, meatballs, house-made granola, and ready-to-bake cookie dough. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free packs are all available too.

Level up your morning tea or coffee

Treat yourself to high quality aged tea and beautiful teaware from Kuura Tea Studio. Order teas online and get set up with their Gongfu starter kit, which includes glasses, a pitcher, tea samples and more. You can order online from McIvers Tea and Coffee Merchants. They’ve got a huge range of tea leaves and coffee beans from around the world. Budding baristas should check out their range of coffee makers and stove top pots. Market Lane Coffee also sells coffee brewing equipment, with free standard shipping for purchases over $30.

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Gotta have your java? Market Lane delivers to your door.

Live stream a yoga or pilates class

Take care of your body and mind with yoga classes live streamed from Little Mandarin Yoga. Just like you’re in the studio, you’ll see the instructor and they can see you. Follow the instructions on their website to get set up for the class, and continue (or start) your practice during this unusual time.

Or get stretchy with on the mat pilates. Feeling tight and rigid and need a massage but can’t get one? Workout live with with Suzanne Pilates’ 75 minute Zoom class 3 May. Or stream the videos on your own schedule.

Start an art collection

A special piece of art can change the way you feel. Make your home your sanctuary and take advantage of Outre Gallery’s free delivery on orders over $99. Shop their gallery of pop surrealism, contemporary pop and underground art online.

Or virtually revamp with Flinders Lane Gallery. Just snap a pic of your wall in need and email art@flg.com.au. Choose a piece to try, or leave it to the experts. Don’t forget the wall measurements and any styles, colours or influences. Then sit back and wait for pics of your art-filled dream home to hit your inbox.

Keep the music going

Many creative folks have had gigs cancelled at the last minute. You can support the music industry just by choosing to stream music by local artists. Create a #Lockdowngetdown playlist and share it with friends. If you’re able to, make a donation to an organisation like SupportAct. Or give to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra – they’re even live streaming free concerts to keep the music going.

Treat yourself to after-work-at-home drinks

Make yourself a cocktail just the way they serve them at Bar Americano. They have five different take-home cocktails available online, ready to pour. Just add ice. You can get handcrafted small-batch gin delivered to your door from Little Lon Distilling Co. Or add a bottle of wine from King and Godfree to your next Uber Eats or Deliveroo order.

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Bar Americano is serving at home cocktail kits

Stock up on classic music

Dust off that old CD or record player, and escape the online overload. Basement Discs have a great selection and offer both phone and online ordering (with free shipping). Wax Museum Records delivers the best beats to your door, as well as turntable accessories and vinyl care products. And if you don’t have the right gear, browse the selection from JB Hifi.

Get into a good book

Check some titles off your must-read list. Order a best-seller, old classic or maybe a true-crime novel. Readings Book and Music and Metropolis Bookshop both have delivery offers available. Find more page-turners with our guide to independent bookstores offering online delivery.

Need a recommendation? Mary Martin Books have hand picked write ups from their qualified bookworm staff. Whether you’re after a new release, a classic or a kids read, check out the books we love section.

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Metropolis Books

Experience Melbourne attractions from your couch

Experience Melbourne’s cultural institutions from the comfort of your couch. Browse the galleries, and explore some of the current exhibitions at the National Gallery of Victoria. Take their Kaws AR character for an outing in your home. There’s also curator-led virtual tours, a range of ebooks and children’s activities available. Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is offering live streams of selected concerts. Subscribe to their YouTube channel to stay in the loop.  Arts Centre Melbourne’s Together With You program are doing the same. Find Kylie’s gold hotpants in the Performing Arts Collection online. Watch interviews with industry heavyweights and subscribe to their YouTube channel to be notified when new shows are available.

Or pop over to the Melbourne Zoo’s Animal House. They’re live streaming baby snow leopards, penguins, giraffes and more.

Pop a podcast in

From ‘the wisdom of the mind’ with The School of Life, to architecture with Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai, to 65,000+ years of Indigenous astronomy with Krystal De Napoli. Relive a curated selection of favourite MPav moments via fresh MPavillion Podcasts weekly. Or tune into the Arts Centre’s Sound As Ever podcast for great Australian music moments.

Subscribe to the free Wheeler Centre Podcast for full recordings of our talks on the best in books, writing and ideas. Need book-spiration? Let Melbourne Libraries: eBook valet pick personalised recommendations – including two titles you can start reading right now. No wait, no queue.

At-home beauty treatments

A little bit of self-care can go a long way to boosting your spirits and looking after yourself. Or better yet, spoil a friend in need of a little extra love. Shop Aesop’s range of DIY beauty kits online. Or take advantage of all things beauty at Mor Boutique. They have a range of gift packs, DIY face masks, creams and more.

Host a virtual wine and cheese party

Just because we can’t see as much of our friends, doesn’t mean we can’t come together over a bit of brie and bubbly. Order in meats, dips, cheese and snacks from Spring Street Grocer via Deliveroo, and order wine delivery with City Wine Shop. Just give them a call on 9654 6657. Milk the Cow are also introducing delivery of their indulgent cheeses, including hampers. Then dial in with your friends on Facetime or Skype for a big night in.

Read our extended guide to cheese and wine delivery.

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Steeze with cheeze in your very own home

Bonus: Don’t underestimate the power of flowers

To brighten your own day, or someone else’s, have a bouquet of blooms delivered. Available from Pollon Flowers. Or you can order online or over the phone from Grattans Flowers, who have closed their physical stores but are still making deliveries. With so many event cancellations, the flower industry is one of many to be hit hard. And by sending someone a floral gift, you’ll be providing support to businesses doing it tough.

Please note that due to current circumstances, businesses may close or run out of stock at short notice. Check with individual stores for more information.