In these difficult and uncertain times, it’s safe to say the majority of us are experiencing a spike in anxiety and fear, which means it is even more important to focus on self-care and mental and physical wellbeing.
At Embark Behavioral Health, we have multiple programs that specialize in working with young adults (18-24) and we have seen the current coronavirus, or COVID-19, situation, as well as shelter-in-place policies, have a strong impact on their wellbeing. Social distancing does not need to mean isolation, loneliness or only sitting around watching Netflix. Now more than ever, we need to emphasize the importance of activity and connection, even if it looks different than it usually would. We are seeing a rise in the use of “old-school” phone calls, social media and video-conferencing apps, so we can stay connected and continue to see the faces of our loved ones and keep our usual routines.
The team at OPI Young Adult Treatment Center in Los Angeles has put together some ideas and resources to help keep young adults (and others too!) active and connected in novel ways even while staying home.
Consider video chatting with a friend to do these activities with each other, and don’t forget: we’re all in this together!
1. Learn a language.
- Duolingo (Languages vary)
- Open Culture Free Language Lessons (48 languages to pick)
- OpenLearn Free Courses (Languages vary)
2. Listen to a podcast.
- Balance: Meditation (iOS App)
- Smiling Mind (iOS/Android)
- Purpose Fairy’s “70 Free Guided Meditations” List
4. Read a new book (online books are available).
- ManyBooks.net (Free Books)
5. Take a free online art class.
- “Art of the MOOC: Public Art and Pedagogy” course
- “Pyramids of Giza: Ancient Egyptian Art and Archaeology” course
- “Charting the Avant Garde: From Romanticism to Utopic Abstraction” course
- “Explore the social developments of Japan” course
- “Antiquities Trafficking and Art Crime” course
- “Psychology of Art and Creativity” course
6. Take a virtual cooking class.
- “Massimo Bottura is offering free virtual cooking classes on Instagram” article
- “Cooking” at Instructables.com
7. Travel the world from your computer or phone.
- Buckingham Palace
- David Attenborough’s “Great Barrier Reef”
- “The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks” by Google
8. Visit a museum virtually.
- The Louvre
- “The Metropolitan Museum of Art” by Google
- “Museum of Modern Art” by Google
- Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
- “Van Gogh Museum” by 360 STORIES
- The Vatican
9. Visit an aquarium or zoo virtually.
- Georgia Aquarium’s Webcams
- People.com’s “56 World-Famous Sites From Your Couch” list
- Monterey Bay Aquarium Live Cams
- “The White House” by Google
- “Gardens of Versailles” by Google