- Generate handwashing infographics to the lyrics of your choice (website, gone “viral”)
- Europeans find ways to be sociable – even under strict quarantine (very short video)
- The Comedy Wildlife Photography awards – pretty much guaranteed a giggle here
If you’re reading this online, you are connected to a glorious resource, the internet. You can –
- Challenge yourself with puzzles and logic games – more absorbing than candy crush
- Learn things, from sewing to toaster repair, and about things, from gardening to geology
- See amazing visuals (and engage your other senses)
- Hear classical music (de-stressing), watch/read classic literature (thought-provoking)
Well-being is about mind, body, and spirit – or some would say mind, body, and emotions. This post is about mind.
Everything listed is free, and ad-free as far as I know. I do have AdBlockerPlus installed. (A few sites want me to disable it; you can, but I just go somewhere else: I like an ad-free life.)
There’s a whole lot more, and lots I don’t know about. I hope to invite your suggestions in future – so we can pool our keep-it-together resources!
Add to yourself
Own your time – choose a small, light-hearted project – accomplishment feels fantastic.
- An internet search for “how to…” will find step-by-step instructions and explanations and videos for just about anything.
- My best project was to start learning to play a recorder. I have zero music training, but Value Village had a recorder for $3…. Music tunes up the brain (pun!), so that’s a 3-in-1 – learning, brain agility, and (some day…) music.
- A site for starting a language: DuoLingo. You have to sign up, but it’s free and gentle.
- Do a MOOC – free online courses of good quality.
- Organisations and musicians around the world are live-streaming concerts from homes or empty halls, and opening digital archives – a rare opportunity.
- Read, listen to, memorize a poem at the Poetry Foundation Website (in English). Memory work is really good for the brain; it’s hard at first, pick a short one!
- Shakespeare on CBC Gem (if you aren’t a subscriber, there are ads, but not a lot). Some of the plays are grim – if you’re feeling low, choose the comedies
- Scroll down here and try Tiles and Set – matching games with a twist. (Both include colour matching, so, not for people who have colour-blindness.)
- If you like the Set game, here’s another site.
- Good word games, especially Popword and Eight Letters. Timed; you need a fair bit of English to get very far, but even trying to find words is super exercise.
According to research, laughter boosts the immune system. Here’s some help with that –
- The annual Comedy Wildlife Photography awards – there are several years of these.
- Put yourself in the scene with wildlife photo galleries. Explore more than the visual – notice the textures, imagine the sounds, the temperature, what the air is like.
- Weekly gallery (Friday) in the UK’s Guardian newspaper
- Annual awards galleries –
- Audubon photography awards
- With kids – or without them! – a wildlife gallery can launch a week’s worth of projects. Pick a photo and (1) learn about the animal, (2) draw it in different poses, (3) write a story or poem or song about it, (4) make a collage of photos of it, (5) tell someone about it in 5 minutes, (6) find out what else the photographer has done.