While we’re all stuck in quarantine, some amazing things have been happening. Many household-name organizations and companies are doing their part to keep us happy and healthy during these trying times by supplying us with free streaming options. These helpful resources will help keep you healthy physically, emotionally, and mentally until you can leave the house again.
Physical Movement for All Levels
If you’re home but personally able to exercise, do it. There are exercise classes for anyone from a postpartum mom, a caregiver of a relative with a long-term illness, or otherwise healthy families practicing social distancing to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Stretching and flexibility help us keep our balance and reduce stress levels. Yoga with Adrienne is a fantastic resource. She has a class for every kind of fitness level and ability. Yoga is particularly helpful for anxiety reduction and slowing the aging process.
Use the stairs in your own home to create a customized cardio workout. Dance to the oldies or something newer from your favorite playlists. Try fun workout videos on YouTube like BodyFit by Amy or Heart and Soul Fitness. Or just put on music and spring clean the house.
No matter how you get moving, just get moving! It boosts your physical health and lifts your mood.
Make Your Home Toxin-Free
I LOVE to clean, organize, and throw stuff away when I have extra time on my hands, and getting rid of toxic products while doing these purge sessions is one of the best things that you can do for your health! Take this opportunity (being trapped in your house) to make your home toxin-free and so much healthier. Toxins bioaccumulate in our bodies, and over time can lead to disease. So this is an essential step to take if you want to live a healthy life. I have a free online class that takes you through the entire process HERE, and I also turned that class into a book that you can find HERE.
Music is a Mood Booster
In addition to your favorite music playlist during physical exercise, why not watch some of your favorite musicians online? Several have offered free concerts of ambient, country, pop, R&B, indie rock, and more using the hashtag #togetherathome on Instagram.
Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks are even live-streaming a concert on CBS and taking requests from fans!
See the World in Your Pajamas
Sure, we know the internet can give us access to just about anywhere in the world but have you actually seen some of these cool places and perspectives? Why not use your time at home to meet new, diverse people, see incredible places, or connect with beauty and wonder?
Try out SLOW TV, which began with the famous 9-hour train ride from Oslo to Bergen, but now includes knitting marathons, time-lapsed plants growing, chopping wood for a fire and more.
Numerous chefs and travel shows are available on streaming platforms and online. Try making the recipes featured or your own “whatever is in the pantry” versions.
See the underwater world of sharks with Shark Tracker or visit Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, watch cute kittens and puppies on Animal Planet, African safari animals at a watering hole, or tune in to live streams from dozens of zoos.
You can even visit outer space with NASA!
Find Your Happy Place
Cut up old magazines and create a vision board for what you want your life to be when the quarantine period is over. It’s a great time to take personal inventory regarding all the things we thought were important before and prioritize our dreams.
Watch Marie Kondo for inspiration to declutter. Consider using items that may have gone into a yard sale to make bizarre sculptures, repurpose into plant pots or wall art. Get creative and connect with your school-aged self for some lighthearted escape from current events.
Self-Care is Essential
Self-care isn’t just a trendy buzzword. It’s an essential part of your well-being, especially in uncertain times like the coronavirus quarantine. Take an Epsom salt bath, get quality sleep, drink plenty of water, take nutritional supplements, and eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Journal your feelings. Sit outside in safe distance from others to soak up some sunshine. Try out Ayurveda for a new, individualized perspective on your wellbeing.
Expand Your Mind
Take a screenwriting class. Learn to knit or sew. Learn a new language. Follow along with a YouTube cooking class or a makeup tutorial. Watch and get inspired by Joel Cherrico a full-time potter and Guinness World Records™ record holder for ‘most pots thrown in one hour by an individual.’ Learn to paint with Bob Ross on Netflix. Try out one of the numerous Great Courses for just about any subject or search for a podcast on Spotify.
If you possess a unique skill or talent, why not share it online with others? If you play the violin, sing, dance, act, write…there’s someone who might need your story or feel inspired by your creativity.
Take a Virtual Museum Tour
You can visit just about any famous museum or art gallery in the world for free! There are endless collections available at Guggenheim in New York, the British Museum in London and the Acropolis Museum in Athens.
Don’t forget many others have digitized their amazing art and historical collections too, including Louvre, Vatican Museum, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and the Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Free TV & Movies
Limit your time watching the news and current events that you can’t control. Practice serenity, courage, and wisdom to focus on things that help you stay happy and positive.
Several streaming platforms like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and Disney+ offer free trials of 7-30 days, but SLING TV is streaming free during the quarantine so we can “Stay in & SLING!,” which is a nice gesture to help viewers stay entertained and informed without stressing about how to pay for it.
NBC has a brand new streaming service that’s “free as a bird” called PEACOCK TV.
On any of these platforms you can reconnect with the nostalgia of The Jeffersons, Mary Tyler Moore, Friends, Happy Days, Seinfeld, A Very Brady Renovation, Frasier, Family Ties, Miami Vice, ER, Saturday morning cartoons, classic movies, and nearly every show or movie that has ever aired from the dawn of film to now.
See a Broadway Show
Check out BroadwayHD for access to musicals and plays like Kinky Boots, Cats, King Lear or A Doll’s House from your home. You can see performances from Broadway, London’s West End, American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and many more theatres, plus The 24 Hour Play Festival company has a series of monologues performed by famous actors.
Free eBooks & Audiobooks
Read or listen to a book. Audible has made its catalog available for free for as long as schools are closed for the coronavirus pandemic. They’re allowing anyone can listen to hundreds of its titles at no cost. Simply visit stories.audible.com from any web browser to get started. No log-ins, credit card or passwords needed.
There are so many ways to stay healthy and sane during these uncertain times. It’s true we’re in #stayhome mode to #stayhealthy but there’s no reason to give in to the blahs, take risks at illness, or give up on fun. Do everything you can to keep yourself busy, happy, and well. Remember, the good news and the bad news are the same: nothing lasts forever.