International Travel – Canceled
NBA – Canceled
March Madness – Canceled
Conferences, Concerts, Tours – Canceled
Schools and Universities – Canceled
Disney – Canceled
That said, all hope is not lost. Believe it or not, there may be a silver lining to all of this. Quite frankly, seeing the silver lining is going to be the only way we’ll get through this with a hint of sanity.
Here are 10 super important and soul relieving things that are not canceled due to coronavirus!
I was over the moon excited to see that yes, this does still exist. Many corporations are stepping up and offering some help to parents, students, and employees during this impossible time. Most recently, Zoom CEO Eric Yuan announced that he’s giving schools free video conferencing tools to assist with students’ digital learning platforms. Comcast is offering free internet for low income families, with both Comcast and T-Mobile upgrading everyone to unlimited data for the next 60 days. Additionally, UHaul is giving free storage to displaced college students and Scribd is offering a host of free task management tools for teachers. Kudos to these companies and I’m looking forward to hearing about more companies stepping up soon!
Arts and Culture
While we aren’t physically going to public museums for a while, we can still enjoy some arts and culture without leaving the house. Google has partnered with over 500 museums across the globe to offer virtual tours of their exhibits and access to their collections. These include some of the most famous museums in the world such as the Guggenheim in New York and The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. You can access these museums HERE.
Check out the full list of Coronavirus Freebies from businesses here!
Sadly, many people are freaking out over the potential economic impact of this coronavirus crisis. People are temporary losing jobs as businesses are forced to close. International trade is deeply impacted. Not to mention the hit on the travel and tourism industries. Even if you are one of the fortunate ones to still be able to work full time or receive paid leave, it’s always important to be forward thinking in your wealth building efforts and investments. I’m not super big into stock trading or anything, but I did finally sign up for a free account on Robin Hood and will be looking into various investment opportunities over the next few weeks/months.
No, I’m not going to lecture anyone and say that stocking up on canned goods and ramen is a bad idea. I mean, we don’t know what’s to come and non-perishable foods are going to be a necessity. However, whenever possible, we can still choose healthier options with longer shelf lives, cook meals from scratch, and incorporate some healing herbs and spices.
Depending on where you live, actually planting some fresh fruit and vegetables are a good idea right now.
If you’re thinking about starting your own organic garden, here are some veggies to start your garden with!
I know this term “social distancing” makes us feel like we’re going to be total hermits for the next few weeks. Unless you’re already an introvert, in which case, you might feel it’s your time to shine. However, even though we probably aren’t hanging out at the mall or going to the movies, human connection is not completely canceled. Facetime your friends, do some group chats, and dare I say it…make phone calls! Facebook and social media isn’t enough – keep up with and actually connect with other humans guys.
Similarly, as some of us are staying away from public gyms right now, keeping up some sort of exercise routine is going to be super important. Walking, jogging, bike riding around the neighborhood, etc. are easy. Plus, you can usually find some good guided fitness and yoga classes available on Amazon Prime, Xfinity on Demand, YouTube, etc. One of my favorites is the BeachBody on Demand program which is not free, but has some really intense workouts to keep you on your exercise game. Tip: Find a buddy to team up with on on Beachbody on Demand program! Share the cost and keep each other accountable.
Structure and Routine
I’ll be honest, this is one of the things I’m most terrified of over the next few weeks/months. My first thought when I learned that schools were closing and the kids were going to be home with me all day was that this is going to be an absolute freakin mess. But my Facebook friends came through with some awesome ideas and sample schedules for the days to come. For example…
9-12: School Work
1-3pm: School Work
3:30-5: Chores, etc.
You get the picture. And you can adjust it according to whatever works for your family like if you want to sleep in later, which is not a bad idea!
Khan Academy also has an amazing guide for at-home school schedules by grade.
Yes, we are going to have lots and lots of family time over the next few weeks/months. Try to make at least some of those hours pure fun and family bonding opportunities. Things that are not canceled due to coronavirus: board games, family dinner, movie nights, laughter and creating memories.
For example, I’ve been teaching my kids some of my favorite games from my childhood and having an absolute blast. Check out these 21 old school games to teach the kids this quarantine.
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Let’s not be confused. Coronavirus (as far as we know) isn’t that crazy outbreak from Bird Box where you aren’t allowed to open doors and windows. I’m deciding that now is the time to set up my patio set, get some backyard games put up in the backyard and whatever else we can do to guarantee us some fresh air every day!
Last, but definitely not least, your “Me Time” is not canceled mamas! You may have to get a little more creative with it since things like your usual spa day or vacation are probably out of the question. Reading books, talking to friends, some mild binging a non-family-friendly show…whatever it is you love or need every day, do it! Whether you get your me time by waking up a little earlier, staying up later or outright demanding that time for yourself, you’ll have to find a way!
Part of us all getting through these next few weeks or months is going to be taking care of ourselves, each other and maintaining/attracting good energy. It’s not going to be easy, or even fun at all times, but the important thing is that we get through this safely and quickly. Love and peace to all of you! Keep calm and wash your hands!