In these extraordinary and challenging times, the arts offer much-needed solace, connection, upliftment and inspiration.
Fortunately, many artists and arts organizations are making all sorts of offerings available for free online right now. So, just because you can’t go out doesn’t mean you cannot stay inspired and connected to the gifts that only art can give.
But I also want to address some practical things you can do to keep your spirits up and navigate this unprecedented time well.
A Simple Four-Step Plan for Balance and Well-Being
This is a great opportunity to cultivate your spiritual practices. We need practices like meditation, prayer, chanting and gratitude to counterbalance the fear, grief and stress and the negative effects of the news and social media.
These vital practices restore peace and balance and help us function at our best in trying times. They also help your immune system stay strong, since stress is the number one contributing factor in disease.
2. Get outside and get some exercise.
To feel well in body, mind, heart and soul, you need fresh air and sunlight. Even it’s raining, there is a lot of sunlight in the sky. The vitamin D we get from the sun is vital to our health, our good mood, and to disease-prevention.
You also need to move your body. So, even if the weather is foul, bundle up and get outside every day and get your body moving. Get some good exercise. Get your body grounded.
3. Do a project.
If you aren’t working right now from home, give yourself some project to work on every day, some focal point to your day, something that will feel good to do or have done.
Maybe it’s time to finally declutter your home. We've cleaned inside out and upside down and it just feels so good.
I recommend creative projects or any fun, playful activities too. Get out the guitar and sing. Make a painting or a collage. Plant your garden. Finally mend the clothes you’ve had piled up for years. Make a beaded necklace. Write that novel or memoir.
Give yourself some project to do or make progress on each day.
4. Call a friend.
Especially if you live alone but even if you don’t, call a friend. Reach out by phone and talk to another human being every single day.
We all need this especially much right now—even if we have family at home with us. Just because you cannot spend time in person with others does not mean you have to be isolated.
Humans need connection to be healthy and well. Get over your awkwardness and reach out. You and your friends will both be grateful that you did.