During this uncertain time, writing to share resources for health, relaxation, and joy.
Learn a new recipe, or stream a live cooking class: There are a number of chefs hosting live cooking shows, like Chef Massimo Bottura's KitchenQuarantine. I’ve been diving into cookbooks like The Anti-Inflammatory Action Plan & Nourishing Traditions. Maybe you’ve always wanted to learn how to ferment foods. Now’s the time! Check out Cultures For Health for classes, supplies, and inspiration. Sprouting is also a fun project for kids. It's okay to cook simple and have some comfort food. The BBC has healthy comfort food recipes here: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/healthy-comfort-food Attending to spirit: During times of stress, a spiritual practice is really important. Many people are feeling anxious with all the uncertainty. Take some time to unplug, breathe, and connect with nature. The guided breathing exercises from UCLA are research-proven to lower stress and support balanced mood. You might try a calming herbal tea like Yogi Relaxed Mind , with lavender and helichrysum. Gaia TV streams high quality yoga classes to keep up your routine during studio closures. Stream your favorite music: Many musicians are posting live-stream shows. When South by Southwest Music Festival was canceled, artists posted online for listening. There’s even live-stream orchestra, like this Digital Evening with Beethoven from the Berliner Philharmonikir. The Tiny Desk Concert series from NPR is also a great compilation of live music, like this concert with mandolinist Chris Thile and Yo Yo Ma. Check out grocery sites: To limit spread, Thrive Market has quality brands available online. Delivery times are up, but if you’re planning ahead this is still a good way to go. Resources for parents: As a parent of an active 6 year old, balancing work with children at home is no easy task. I’m finding that craft projects are helping my son stay engaged. Creative bug is a great resource for crafting classes and inspiration. When you need to get some work done, there are a number quality television programs for kiddos. Our family loves Puffin Rock (Netflix), Tumble Leaf (Amazon), Wild Kratts (PBS), and Magic School Bus (Netflix). PBS Kids has free educational videos & games. Schools are stepping up to continue virtual classes and keep kids engaged. Readiness to Learn, a Whidbey Island nonprofit has quality educational curriculum for school from home, available here: https://www.readinesstolearn.org/at-home-with-your-kids