- Learn to play the guitar, bass or ukulele: Fender, world-renowned guitar maker is offering three months of free guitar, bass or ukulele lessons through your phone, tablet or computer! Dust off that old 6-string and tune up your skills at https://try.fender.com/.
- Keep Learning: We’ve mentioned some of the free classes being offered in past issues—but there is a website keeping track of all of the free collegiate classes available right now; everything from photography classes to technology, language, and literature! There is even a section for classes about COVID-19, including a class titled Mind Control: Managing Your Mental Health During COVID-19 from the University of Toronto. Gain some knowledge at https://www.classcentral.com/ (click “Free Learning due to Coronavirus” at the top of the page for the complete list!)
- Create a Vision Board: A vision board is a tool used to help clarify, concentrate, and maintain focus on a specific life goal or set of goals. Literally, a vision board is any sort of board on which you display images that represent whatever you want to be, do, or have in your life. Cut phrases out of magazines, print them off of the internet, or write them out on a poster. Ideas—create a vision board featuring the things you’d like to do when social isolation is over, or the things you’d like to work on during this time!
- Read a Rare Book: What is a bibliophile to do when their sanctuary, known as a library to most non-book aficionados, is closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic? It’s the Internet Archive to the rescue. The group has created what it calls a National Emergency Library, removing any waitlist on more than 1.4 million books until June 30, or the end of the national pandemic. www.archive.org
- Practice Self Care: Never underestimate the power of a bubble bath – especially one that involves a slice of cake and a big glass of wine. Or if face masks, body scrubs, and mani-pedis are more your thing, 10 MORE Things to Do During Isolation 5 then get busy primping and preening in that department too. Paint your nails, soak your feet – if makes you feel good right now, take time to do it. (Just don’t try to cut your own hair! That never turns out well!)
- Visit the Grammy Museum in LA: The Grammy Museum is now offering an entirely digital experience on its website, which features new artist public programs, education, and virtual exhibits. www.grammymuseum.org
- Find a Podcast that you love: A podcast is a serial audio show. If you have an interest, you can pretty much guarantee that there is a podcast about it! Podcasts are free to listen to—from an iPad or iPhone just select the purple Podcasts app, on a computer or other devices you can download Spotify, which is free to use but does offer a premium subscription that removes commercials. For a list of Podcast suggestions, check the Odyssey Portal or contact Leslie.
- Sharpen your Technology Skills: Techboomers.com is a free educational website that teaches older adults and other inexperienced Internet users with basic computer skills about websites that can help improve their quality of life. They offer classes on shopping online, social websites and technology basics. They can be found at www.techboomers.com
- Focus on Inner Peace: We’ve talked about practicing meditation in this section before—but the benefits of practicing mindfulness cannot be understated at times like this for its benefits of anxiety reduction. There is a beautiful website called We Meditate that hosts a free live meditation website daily but also has recorded meditations and even a way to set up a custom meditation by adjusting settings like “I wish to feel…” and selecting the amount of time you have available to spend. The website is www.wemeditate.co (there’s no “m” at the end—just .co)
- Become a Citizen Scientist: Project Noah is a website designed to help people connect with the natural world and learn about wildlife. Launched out of NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, the project began as an experiment to mobilize citizen scientists and build a digital butterfly net for the 21st century. Project Noah enables amateurs and professionals alike to create and share multimedia nature journals. The Project Noah community includes 350,000+ nature journals, 825,000+ wildlife spottings, and 1.5 million+ geotagged wildlife photographs. Experiment with it at projectnoah.org.
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