Here in Virginia, we've been at home for well over a month. The last day of school for most schools was March 12 or 13, and students will not go back this year. In addition to the health and logistical complications, this situation presents an obvious mental health toll. In our last post, we outlined some ways to stay connected instead of feeling so isolated. Today, we continue that series with guarding your mental health.
We've discussed the need to embrace technology during this time in order to stay connected. There are so many other ways to use available technology to pass the time and keep yourself sane! For example, many cultural organizations have made performances available online, often at no charge. Here are some examples:
- National Theatre at Home - plays to watch for free online
- Online Dance Performances - a list of dance companies that offer online experiences
- Classical Concerts - a list of symphonies and other organizations offering virtual concerts
- Opera - all opera companies offering free streaming
- Popular Music - Updated Billboard list of concerts to enjoy from home
Regardless of your taste in entertainment, you can find something to enjoy at almost any time.
Learn Something New
In addition to enjoying cultural events online, there are more opportunities than ever to take classes online. Do you have a subject you'd like to explore? Many colleges and universities offer free online classes for seniors. You can earn a degree or simply take a class in something that interests you.
Learn a Hobby
What's something you've always wanted to be able to do? Maybe you'd like to learn to knit, sew, craft, paint, or play an instrument. Perhaps you've always wanted to learn another language or cook a specific dish. Seniors can learn to do almost anything online. The great thing about video courses? If you don't get something right away, you can rewind and watch again! Here's a list of 5 skills and hobbies seniors can learn online right now.
It's no secret that one of the best ways to guard your mental health is to eat well and stay active. You don't need technology for this. Take a walk. Go outside. If you are able, go sit on your porch and breathe in the fresh air.
If getting outside doesn't work for you, whatever the reason, find an online exercise class for seniors. Many of them require only sitting in a chair. This Senior Fitness website offers free videos for those of all abilities. So many possibilities!
We'd love to hear what you are doing to stay sane during this quarantine! You can visit our Facebook page to join the discussion.