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March 17, 2020 3 min read 12 Comments

First of all, I want to send my love to you and your family right now.

This virus is affecting all of us differently. 


And it's important to understand the severity of the situation for many people around the world.


For most of us right now, we fear the unknown and feel helpless for our fellow people. And as the situation worsens each day, it's natural for our anxieties to increase.


But all of us in this community are tough cookies. We are all great at finding perspective.


This is self evident due to the fact that you're here, on this blog, part of this community, supporting an environmental mission, when you certainly didn't have to. 


Today I'm not talking about the environment but trying to make a point that your ability to find higher perspective is evident in the fact that you're reading this.

It seems like all of your loved ones will benefit from an emotionally strong leader during this time. It will be easy for people to get swept away in negativity from news reports and other unfortunate events.


Isolation and social distancing will both increase for the foreseeable future. For this reason it's important to look after your mental well being and morale. 


Finding some space for calm, respite, brain activity, entertainment, fun, and socializing will be critical to helping you and your loved ones get through this.

Here are a list of resources that will help you stay engaged:


WORKOUTS

Staying active helps to clear your head and keeps your body fit n healthy. It also helps you sleep better and has been proven to put you in a better mood

Nike Training Club

iPhone

Android


Asana Rebel (offers meditation and yoga)

iPhone

Android


Down Dog (new routine every time)

iPhone

Android


Daily yoga (great for beginners)

iPhone

Android 


COOKING

Making the most of our food is essential in these times. Obviously we want to make sure nothing goes to waste, but here is a way to enjoy cooking with a creative flair that requires only the bare minimum.

SuperCook (provides recipes for the ingredients you have)

iPhone

Android


LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE 

I’m sure nearly all of us have dreamt of learning another language. These apps are a great and fun way to stimulate your brain, and engage in other cultures.

Duolingo

iPhone

Android

Hello Talk (talk to native speakers)

iPhone

Android 


GAMES

We live in a world revolving around online communication so Facetiming our loved ones is bound to be our go to form of staying in touch. But engaging in entertaining games may help lift morale. Here are a few of our favorites.

Words with Friends 

iPhone

Android  


Draw it

iPhone

Android 


Trivia Crack

iPhone

Android 


MEDITATION

Find a few moments of calm each day. Meditating is great way to start your day and center yourself. Apps like Headspace are perfect for a beginner.

Headspace

iPhone

Android

Calm

iPhone

Android


I hope this has given you some new activities to focus on and helps you find respite from an otherwise monotonous day.

Your input is always key. We would love to add to this list every day, so just comment below with any suggestions you might have to keep the list growing.


Alice G. 

Alice is the Content Manager at Zero Waste Cartel. She's an environmental biologist, plant enthusiast & avid tea drinker.



12 Responses

Summer
Summer

March 19, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to share these resources and ideas! It’s encouraging to see how everyone is helping each other via their area of expertise/interest.

Carol Brix
Carol Brix

March 19, 2020

Thank you for this encouragement. I agree with these suggestions you made. Thank you. I have also my faith that sees me through tough times. It has helped me through many difficult times in my life, and it’s helping me now. We are also reading books and playing board games here…yes…cards, Star Wars Monopoly, a game my Dad made out of wood, and just enjoying each other’s company. Tomorrow we plant our garden. Sometimes it’s good to be still and quiet also. Thank you for your many products. I find them so helpful. Keep up the good work.

Ellen Stetson
Ellen Stetson

March 19, 2020

Thank you for this, wonderful support and reminder, will share! Ellen

Jennifer
Jennifer

March 19, 2020

Thank you for this list. It is helpful to get away fro the media frenzy but also stay alert, aware of safe behaviors right now

Ladye Eugenia Stewart
Ladye Eugenia Stewart

March 19, 2020

Greetings: You all are so charming and lovely.
Thank You!

Suzy Smith
Suzy Smith

March 19, 2020

Thank you for the love, recommendations, and good vibes. Sending it back your way from Bloomington, IN. ❤

Jennifer
Jennifer

March 19, 2020

Well, you already had me with your products, etc. but this just sold me on you all 100%. Thank you so very much for spreading love and self care right now. I appreciate that you left your products out of your statements & suggestions for mental health, completely. Even if this was a total marketing tactic, I don’t care. You came across genuine and with lovingkindness and I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate that.
Thank you and be well <3

Stefani
Stefani

March 19, 2020

I am so excited I found you guys. I was in Africa for six weeks last fall working on a conservation program. We have found involving children with a love and respect for animals and nature is the key to conservation. When I came back, I wanted to continue “the mission.” Fortunately, I live in a very GREEN area/state/city (Seattle – Pacific Northwest). But, it was my 13-year-old niece who gave me ideas of how I can live a more environment-friendly life and encourage others. We had a conservation/photograph party and over 85 people came. I gave out your toothbrushes and some people took two and three. I’m just excited about all of the opportunities in the future. The more i see your posts, messages and encouraging words, the more I see a positive light in the current “fog.”

Cindy
Cindy

March 19, 2020

What a wonderful resource and even more importantly the positive pep talk that will remind us all to focus on what we can control and give thanks for what we still have, and stay calm and spread love. THANK YOU!

Debra Prince
Debra Prince

March 19, 2020

lovely, thank you

Terese Hummel
Terese Hummel

March 19, 2020

For the Meditation category, YouVersion is a FREE Bible app that offers brief daily devotionals, theme-centered reading, and general reading plans.

Hridi
Hridi

March 19, 2020

David – I want to thank you for this heartfelt outreach! I shared it out because I know that it will touch my Facebook friends deeply, too – much-needed at this time. May you and yours stay healthy and bless you for this gesture of love.
Peace & love & healthfulness,
Heidi

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