Whelp. Here we are. Figuring out how to live with the new normal and how to stay at home all the time.
I originally wrote this post as an issue of my weekly newsletter, but a few people asked for an easier way to share the information. I hope this info helps you as we go forward into the unknown. Love you guys. -Mel
I hope this finds you safely AT HOME, not too stir crazy yet, and with plenty of your necessary items. And of course, following the basic guidelines from the CDC.
This week has been SO different for all of us – so while I’m going to try and maybe get back to some of our regularly scheduled programming next week, today I wanted to share some of my tips for being home all the time, things I’ve found that helpful, and ways to stay mentally and physically healthy for the weeks to come. For us, this week this has mainly involved a lot of freshly baked carb consumption.
I sort of feel like I’ve been preparing for this situation my whole life – I stay home almost all the time even when things are normal. I’ve been working from home for well over a year at this point. I live with moderate chronic anxiety. I unfortunately read the internet more than I should and love to shop & research online. So, I figured I can help and why not share?
I will also say that helping someone is WAY up there on the list to coping with Anxiety.
So, so many ways to give back and help those around you.
RESTAURANT WORKERS SUPPORT: One Fair Wage Emergency Fund
BARTENDERS SUPPORT: USBG National
PROFESSIONAL MUSICIANS SUPPORT: MusicCares
JOURNALISTS SUPPORT: Hand Up Fund from SPJ Florida & Oregon
FREELANCE ARTISTS, MUSICIANS & PERFORMERS SUPPORT: Freelance Artists Resource
CFL ALICE FUND: UnitedWay (for those working but with reduced hours)
ACTBLUE CORONAVIRUS RELIEF FUND: Donate to 8 groups at once, organized by Crooked Media
Even though we’re separated, we’re still all in this together!
Imagineering In a Box from Disney Imagineering
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems
Drawing Class with Wendy McNaughton
Stop Motion Animation Classes with Trisha Zemp
Free Online Craft Classes for 2 Months from Creative Bug & Joann
Studio Sessions from Design Observer
#isolationcreation with Jaime Beck
Dance Challenge from Donte Colley
Nightly Opera Performance from the Met
Music Concerts from NPR
Weekly Online Jam Sessions with Jammr (check the forums for times)
Flatten The Curve Music Class from Arkells
Virtual Museum Visits from around the world
Online War & Peace Book Club from A Public Space
Prime Reading from Amazon (with Amazon Prime)
Home Safari from the Cincinnati Zoo
Live Cams from the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Old Faithful & Upper Basin Live Cam from Yellowstone National Park
Geography from Space Quiz from the Smithsonian
Free Online Courses from Scholastic (Kiddos)
Free Online Courses from Ivy League Schools (Grown Ups)
Tiny Gentle Asians (big fat babies – you need this right now)
National Park Service (the captions!!!)
Bon Appetit (Opinionated Food & Cooking)
Pasta Grannies (Italian Nonnas Cooking In Their Own Kitchens)
Lisa Eldridge (Make-Up Tutorials that anyone can do)
Great Big Story (Short Form Stories About the World)
Atlas Obscura (Unique Stories from Around the Globe)
The Art Assignment (Art History with a Twist)
British Pathe (Historical Film & News Clips)
Vox (Explainer Videos About Current Events and Pop Culture)
Smarter Everyday (Science for Everyone)
Baumgartner Restoration (Fine Art Restoration)
Luke Towan (Miniature Model & Diorama Construction)
Liziqi (Modern Off The Grid Living in Rural China – JUST TRUST ME)
Rousseau (Visual Piano)
CBS Sunday Morning (the normal show, broken into individual segments)
Primitive Tool (guys using ancient techniques to build shelter, and sometimes a real crazy pool)
If you’re struggling to find a specific online service or tutorial, or trying to find a product online and can’t – EMAIL ME at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I can help you. No charge – just give me something to search for and I’ll do what I can to help.
If you have any specific tips or ideas you’d like to share, send them along to me and I’ll publish them next week for the whole fam.
Be kind to yourselves. Stay safe, stay healthy, stay sane!
Simple ways to help others and how to stay at home without losing your mind.