These are trying times. I was just in Jamaica for a long-planned 10-day vacation, and returned four days ago. Any relaxation I achieved there is now long gone, since I must deal with the realities of life back home in Massachusetts and all over the globe. As we left the island, our resort had stopped accepting new guests and staff were preparing for a near total shutdown. Eighteen hours after we left, the airports and seaports were closed to foreign travelers.
This is definitively a weird time. We all deal with it in our own ways, so here’s my own eclectic collection of resources to help keep yourself and your family safe and sane, and your business running. Is your company offering resources? Have you found a fun distraction? Contact me and I’ll add it (@mollielombardi or email@example.com). Or contact me anyway because I’d love to hear from you.
Hang in there, friends!
Help Yourself: Mental, Physical and Emotional Support
Total Brain: Is offering a free 3-month access to their mental health and wellness app. I’m biased since these techniques got me through brain surgery when I had to be awake during it, so I can certainly attest that these methods work.
Yale Medicine: Has a great article on managing life at home.
Help Keep Your Business Running
Zoho, Slack and others: Are offering free tools and services to move your company online.
Help Others: Things You Can Safely Do to Help
Red Cross Blood Donation: Although most blood donations typically come from school- and office-based blood drives that aren’t happening now, know that you can still donate, and donate safely. Call to book an appointment to donate locally.
Take a Break
Lunch Doodles with Mo Williams: Is so cute and fun! Make it a date at 1pm EDT weekdays.
Open Culture: Download coloring books from 13 museums. It’s amazing how soothing it can be to use crayons and colored pencils. For adults especially, it may bring back warm and fuzzy memories.
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Do yourself a favor this season. Turn off social media as often as you can. Stop comparing yourself to everyone. Stop humblebragging. Spend within your means, however quaint that might be. Enjoy time with people you love. Don’t drink too much. Don’t go to your company Christmas party if you don’t want to. Try to eat good food. Get some sleep. And give yourself permission to avoid any toxic relatives.Read More