A girl sitting on a table with a laptop on the left. The screen reads 'Coronavirus live updates.' Around her are 4 bubbles, 1 shows a strawberry cake, another has her meditating on a yoga mat, the third one has a crossword puzzle and the fourth bubble has a night sky with the moon and stars.
All the news about COVID-19 can get overwhelming and stressful, so take a step back and focus your energy in a different direction. Illustration by (c) Reset Fest Inc, Canada


Distract Yourself from the ‘C’ Word

A list of free things you can do to help get your mind off COVID-19.

So you’re self-isolating and trying not to think of the ‘C’ word. You have binged all of Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime and everything else out there. Now what? If you find yourself wondering what to do with your time or how to get your mind off recent events, check out the list we’ve curated to help you avoid the ‘C’ word and focus your energy in a different direction.  

Get moving

If you’re on the threshold of almost working out but don’t know how to get started, let this list of free courses inspire you. Working out will help release those endorphins while you are cooped up indoors.

Embrace stillness

Now’s a good time as any to begin meditating. It will not just help calm the nerves, it will reduce anxiety as well. In a time of uncertainty, meditation can be a great grounding tool. 

Learn something new

Many websites and universities offer free learning courses ranging across various fields. Channel your energy into digging deeper into a subject you loved from school or look into something that has always interested you.

Also read: A List of Introspection Prompts to Help You Begin Journaling

Hone your hobbies

Most of these websites offer free courses in various categories or offer discounted rates. This is the time to look into those activities that you had filed under ‘I’ll get to it when I have the time.’

Exercise your brain

It’s always good to exercise your brain a little and try to expand your thinking to get outside the funk you’ve found yourself in.

Channel your inner Julia Child

Not only is this a fun activity to do while in self-isolation, it has proven to be an essential skill in recent times. You will find a lot of videos that will allow you to use the ingredients you already have in your kitchen.  

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