I know this topic is bombarding the internets right now, but bare with me! I don’t want to guilt or shame you into trying to get “busy” in the name of productivity, rather I like to share 3 great things you can do to better yourself during this pivotal point in our lives.
Things are definitely changing, so why not work on creating a conscious effort to explore that change in the process? We are all directly affected by the effects of COVID-19, so if you want to know how to make this change a truly positive one, then check out the amazing resources you can use below.
1. Learn Something New!
Went to college, but never finished? Or maybe you haven’t gone around to getting your degree yet? Orrrr, maybe you got your degree, but couldn’t take the classes you wanted because of your major? (like me). If any of these sounds like you, then put down the remote and turn on your laptop and get ready to take advantage of the hundreds of free courses offered on Coursera.org, an educational database where courses are taught by world-class universities and companies. Not only do they offer hundreds of free courses, but they have paid courses that offer a shareable Course Certificate upon completion as well. I’m currently taking a course on The Science of Well-Being, a 10-week Yale University course taught by Dr. Laurie Santos. I’ve also signed up to take the origins of yoga, psychology, SEO and countless others I plan on putting to good use. Coursera has a broad range of different subjects from Arts & Humanities to Business, Health to Personal Development, Language Learning and so many others. Fortunately, not all of the courses are 10 weeks. Some are as short as two and the great thing about them is that you can start and finish at your own pace.
2. Get Active!
This quarantine couldn’t have happened at a better time. I mean it could’ve never happened at all, but let’s look on the bright side of things. The weather’s been absolutely perfect which means now’s the time to get active! Below are just a few common activities people are getting into, most of which can be done indoors also:
- Swimming (if you have the luxury)
- Jump Rope
Getting all sweaty ain’t your thing? Well, you still need your daily dose of Vit. D, so how about you try these other activities on for size:
- Plant a Garden (getting back into it through my sister’s garden and I’m loving every minute of it)
- Plan a Picnic (in groups of 10 or less people!)
- Get Creative with a Sidewalk and Chalk (throwback!)
- Have a Water Ballon Fight (again, keep the amount of people who join down to a minimum)
- Have a Bonfire
- Climb a Tree
3. Join Virtual Meet-Up Groups!
For many of us, school or work was how we got a large majority of our social interaction. Now that we can’t gather like how we use to, your mental health shouldn’t have to suffer! There are countless virtual meet up groups all across the internet creating weekly zoom meetings or chats for people to continue interacting. Like reading? Join a virtual book club (that’s what I did!). Like talking to people? Find a conversation party (@eclecticconversations on IG are amazing at that! Follow them if you can). There’s so many groups out there. Honestly, just google or go onto your fav social media platform and search up “virtual groups” and see what you find. I’m sure you’ll find a group of like-minded people and create friendships/ relationships you didn’t even think were possible.