The past few weeks have been extremely rough on the public, especially as more and more cases of COVID-19 continue to grow in large numbers. With many people now on lockdown and self-quarantining, everyone is looking for ways to stay sane and not let the rapid spread of this virus stress them out.
People around the world have taken to social media to start healthy trends, finding creative ways to pass the time as we all self-isolate. From live-streamed concerts to Netflix watch parties, we’re all trying to find the best ways to cope and stay connected. Celebrities like Lizzo have even made it a priority to spread positive energy on social media with some soothing content.
Our saving grace through this crisis has been technology. Social media, apps, video platforms, and many other mediums have provided us with some useful methods to keep us calm and productive. For those looking for ways to escape their coronavirus-induced stress, follow some of these tech-savvy life hacks below to weather the storm:
Download a Meditation App
People are trying their best to stick to their normal routines, but the added stress of coronavirus concerns can increase anxiety. Meditation apps are great ways to unwind for those that need ways to ease their mind and find inner peace. Black-owned app Liberate is a meditation platform dedicated to empowering and providing support for people of color. The app features a collection of talks and guided meditations for those feeling overwhelmed.
With people on full lockdown in their homes, many are dealing with the effects of gyms closing. As some resort to at-home workouts with household items, many platforms are offering free online workouts accessible through smartphone apps, YouTube, and social media live streams. YMCA even launched an initiative to offer 60 free online classes to “support the health and well-being of the community.”
Virtual Book Clubs
Book lovers can join in on the virtual fun and take part in online book clubs and discussions. Well Read Black Girl is a great community that supports Black women readers and writers online and in real-life. Now is a great time to join a club and stay connected to society even while social distancing.
Everyone is facing challenges trying to navigate our unorthodox climate right now, therapists included, as they find ways to move sessions online. People now more than ever are concerned with their well-being and mental health with so many restrictions. If you’re feeling too disconnected or need someone to help talk you through your anxiety, video therapy is a great alternative. Black Mental Wellness has an online community that offers coping mechanisms and wellness tips to follow as we all deal with the lasting effects of coronavirus.
Learn a New Skill
Now is as good a time as any to take advantage of your free time and learn a new skill. The best way to put your mind at ease is to stay busy and focus less on being confined to your home. Websites like Adobe are offering free access to students to provide in-home access learning. There are also over 450 Ivy League courses being offered online for free. Use this time to explore websites and brands offering specials to pick up new skills.