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Here are 7 ways to create joy during isolation

Adults |

The best thing we can do to flatten the curve of COVID-19 is to stay away from one another. But for many, the idea of actually doing that be daunting. Here are 7 ways to make this time more connected and more fulfilling without putting others at risk:

  1. Get moving! Mark Kanumera – aka @mkik808 – is running daily dance parties live on Instagram at 2PM PST daily. When it’s over, he shares video of other people from around the world who were all dancing with you.
  2. Tour a museum – or 12! – from home. These famous museums have virtual tours available online so you can dig into a world class cultural experience in your pjs.
  3. Take a class with the best. Go to MasterClass and finally have the time to focus on something that fuels your passion, whether it’s entrepreneurship, cooking, writing and so much more.
  4. Researcher and author Brene Brown has started offering an “unofficial, unplugged and unapologetic” church service on Sundays on Instagram Live @brenebrown. If you’re missing connecting with your faith, this can be a great alternative.
  5. Book virtual lunch/coffee dates with friends you haven’t seen in awhile. Whether you use Skype, Facetime or any of the other fantastic video call options out there, this is a great way to reconnect during enforced downtime.
  6. Check out this list of free, virtual concerts across all different genres. Some of the shows you can catch include: Ben Gibbard, Indigo Girls, and the Vienna Opera! Coldplay’s Chris Martin and singer John Legend also hosted their own Instagram Live concerts called #TogetherAtHome, linked here and here. Whether you want to listen along while you work, or make a family event out of watching it after dinner, free concerts are a great way to get your mind off of the tough stuff and find a little reprieve.
  7. Watch a movie or TV show with friends. Netflix Party allows you to start watching a show with others while you’re in separate locations and have a group chat. This is a fun way to hang out with friends while social distancing.

Most importantly, listen to yourself. If you’re struggling, reach out to others for support. We need to protect each other physically, but it’s also key to protect our mental health during this challenging time. We’ll continue to add ways to garner more joy in your life during this uncertain time to this list as we find them.