You’ve read the news. You are probably starting to accept (or willfully denying) that we are in for a long haul of social distancing and being encouraged to stay home for at least the next few weeks, if not months. Yikes.
Coronavirus is pretty much affecting everyone in the world, much less the country, at this point. The safety measures and restrictions range from place to place, but everywhere, people are confused, scared, and mostly just trying their best to get through this weird, weird time. (is anyone else Iike already over 2020 entirely?).
We’re all making major lifestyle adjustments, and trying to do the best we can to get through this safely and SANELY.
I’m not a health expert, and there are already PLENTY of news sites and health information resources out there. Simple google search is all it takes. There are also a ton of inspiring, creative and entrepreneurial people creating and publishing content online to help you make the most of this time, and maybe even create healthy habits that you’ll carry with you beyond this pandemic. From at-home workouts, to comfort food recipes, virtual dance parties, even just funny memes and stories, there’s a melting pot of creative effort resulting from our collective suffering.
I wanted to contribute to this effort, but in a way that isn’t overly redundant, or totally out of my element.
So I rounded up some of the articles, resources, tips and videos that I have found useful, interesting, fascinating or just plain funny, that have helped me during this time, and may help you too!
I’d already posted some information and resources in my previous ETL now posts. You can find them HERE and HERE.
I’m also a pathological planner and I created a massive, thorough grocery list and 5-week meal plan to prepare for the weeks ahead likely spent curled up at home. A link to that post will be posted this weekend. One bright side to all this is that this is a perfect time to waste some hours in the kitchen, perfecting your cooking skills, getting the hang of meal prep, trying something new, or just having fun! But more practically speaking, if like me, you’re trying to avoid the supermarket as much as possible and looking to have more than lean cuisines and frozen pizza for dinner… I think you’ll find the list helpful, and maybe it will inspire your own creative escape in the kitchen during this time!
Stay safe, healthy and mindful everyone!
READING, (BINGE)-WATCHING, RESOURCES AND MORE
First thing’s first. PLEASE make sure you’ve looked at/bookmarked the CDC’s website dedicated to updates and safety information about COVID-19.
If you have more questions, the New York Times put together this comprehensive e-book answering all kinds of questions related to COVID-19 and what we should and shouldn’t be doing to help stop the spread. (You have to enter your email for this, but you can view it for free.)
I also found this article from USA Today answering many of the questions we all have about the tricky topic of air travel right now. Some people may not have a choice but to fly… but there are ways to be safe.
Beyond having a lot of questions about what to do right now, I’ve also been pondering just how crazy this whole thing, and how we can understand it. This podcast interview transcript with historian and author Laura Spinney was so insightful in making sense of all this. In it, she discusses the historical context of this coronavirus pandemic, and what mass outbreaks in the past can teach us about what’s going on today. There’s a lot we can learn and understand from history. Furthermore, the article has some interesting insight on today’s news/information economy, and how that as well as our health care system is being affected, and perhaps changed, by everything that’s happening.
Imagine if we lived in a world without streaming, or without TV and were all cooped up like this? It’s insane the way our lives have come to revolve around technology. Anyways… I’m trying my best to stay disciplined, but between Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime & Disney+….there’s certainly no shortage of stuff to watch on TV for hours on end. If you’re looking for some inspiration to get started, I recommend High Fidelity (Hulu), Scrubs (Hulu/Prime), Insatiable (Netflix), Fleabag (Prime), Parts Unknown (Prime), Justified (Hulu), You (Netflix), Modern Love (Prime), literally everything on Disney+….And when all else fails… BOSS ROSS FTW
Oh here’s a challenge. See how many books you can check off the New York Times Bestseller List.
I don’t have to tell you, this is like the perfect time to get all those things checked off your to-do list around the house. Clean, organize, sort, file, whatever. Need some inspiration for where to start? Here’s a list…here’s another one…. oh and this one too.
Or how about this? Watch Brain Games hosted by Keegan-Michael Key. It’s a National Geographic show, which means you can watch it on Disney+. Each episode features a different celebrity guest, and explores different aspects of our brain, cognition, memory, and more. Laugh, be entertained, and learn some shit.
I’m a writer, so luckily (or unluckily, depending on how you look at it) my workflow hasn’t really changed in the midst of all this. And I’m grateful. Writing is fun (especially when there are no stakes), it can be therapeutic, entertaining, and it passes the time. So here’s another idea. Check out some of these free creative writing classes you can take online…. become the next Fitzgerald or Hemingway while social distancing…. and then tell people that’s what you’ve become if you want to keep social distancing forever….
Some of you healthy people out there may also be wondering if there’s anything you can DO to help or give back during this time. The answer is yes. Most importantly, by staying home and helping not to spread germs. I also came across this article from Food & Wine about how you can help local restaurants without leaving home.
Also, check with local organizations near you, or your local chapter of Meals on Wheels. They are looking for donations and volunteers to help senior citizens during this especially critical time. Get more information here.
I find that laughter is the best medicine and stress reliever a lot of the time. Pretty much every headline and article on The Onion helps. Our reality may seem absurd right now, and while this IS absolutely serious, we are also human and allowed to use humor to cope.
Finally, I must remind you (and myself) that it’s not good to spend ALL our time reading and binge-watching, etc. We need to keep moving to, for the sake of our bodies and our minds. But for a lot of us, going to the gym is no longer an option. They even closed the gym in my apartment complex, so an at home work-out or a jog around the lake are my only options. Through pinterest, blogs and social media, I’ve come across a ton of free work outs you can do at home, with little to know equipment. Some good places to start searching include:
Down Dog (their app is free during this pandemic)
Well + Good’s YouTube channel has TONS of free workout videos of all types
MadeFit is also a fantastic YouTube resource with hundreds of at home workouts
ONE MORE THING…….
STOCK UP TO HUNKER DOWN
Click HERE to see my
ultimate grocery list to
stock your entire kitchen
(& get through weeks of social distancing),
plus a 5 week meal plan to
make the most of your
Have you seen anything else worth sharing lately? Let me know! Trying anything off the meal plan? Tag @eat-think-live on instagram and let me know how it turned out!