Quarantine Essentials Guide
Need a little help keeping your sanity as we all #stayathome?
We’ve culled the Internet to create the ultimate guide of activities, exercises, entertainment and classes (many of them free right now!) to help you get through this period of self isolation and quarantine.
From fitness streams of renowned trainers to virtual tours of famous museums around the world, from online concerts to online therapy sessions- we hope these links and ideas bring you peace of mind, fun, organization and creativity during this challenging time.
We're all in this together, one day at a time. Click the arrows to see the links and stay safe!
Feeling stir crazy? Take a visit to some of the coolest places on earth (virtually).
Climb Mt. Fuji, visit the Pyramids of Giza, and even check out the base of Mount Everest: Google Earth (World Tours!)
Or check out a National Park via virtual National Park Tours
And for the art and history buffs out there, here's twelve places you can virtually tour from the couch including The Louvre and Van Gogh Museum: Virtual Historic Sites
Music & Concerts
If music is medicine, then we could all use some right now! Claim your own first row seat as some of the most talented artists on earth live stream just for you -- or have a dance party in your living room with a setlist from a world-famous DJ.
Tune into Twitch TV for concert coverage and livestreams from artists all day:
Official DJ of the quarantine: Club Quarantine.
Keep this guide handy -- it contains the full list of Live Virtual Concerts To Watch During The Coronavirus Shutdown: Virtual Concerts
If you haven’t been turning into the Daily Livestream concerts from Ben Gibbard, you’re missing out: Ben Gibbard- Death Cab for Cutie
Enjoy a Broadway Musical from the comfort of your own couch: Watch Musicals for Free!
Treat yourself to some high culture with The Met’s Nightly Opera Streams: Met Nightly Streams
Pour a glass of wine and pretend you’re at a spring concert series with the Seattle Symphony: Seattle Symphony
Education & Arts
Education and the Arts
You’ve gone through every show on Netflix and now you’re ready to give your brain some exercise. With tons of companies and sites offering free online courses, you can learn a new skill or take that class you’ve always dreamed of.
Take an online courses from some of the best colleges: Free Online College Courses
Ever wanted to pick up coding? Do it for free!: Free Code Camp
Learn Adobe! Adobe is supporting educators & students with free at-home access to its Creative Cloud applications online. Adobe’s current global higher education & K-12 institution customers can request at-home access until May 31, 2020. It's also offering free 90-day access to its web conferencing tool, Adobe Connect, for both current subscribers & non-customers until July 1, 2020. Adobe Creative Cloud
The Guggenheim Museum just released more than 200 books about modern art. You can read them online or download them in PDF or ePub formats, free of charge at the Internet Archive.
Khan Academy and Walt Disney Imagineering have teamed up to provide “Imagineering in a Box”, a free online program that is "designed to pull back the curtain to show you how artists, designers & engineers work together to create theme parks. Go behind the scenes with Disney Imagineers & complete project-based exercises to design a theme park of your very own!: Imagineering in a Box
Learn from the best! Masterclass offers a variety of classes to learn from the likes of celebrities & leaders such as Anna Wintour, Timbaland, Marc Jacobs, Wolfgang Puck, Serena Williams, & many more -- & have major discounts going right now: MasterClass
Mental Health and Wellness
The Coronavirus pandemic is a mental, emotional and physical challenge for all of us. Luckily, there are resources, even if you can’t leave the house.
Speak with a therapist via chat or phone now (Better Help is offering free or reduced rates during Covid- 19): betterhelp.com
Meditation has been scientifically proven to calm the mind and reduce a variety of symptoms (such as insomnia & blood pressure). Click HERE for a list.
Also, get a full list of useful meditation apps, including some of our personal favorites like Headspace, Calm, & Simple Habit: See the full Meditation App List
Discover how a gratitude journal can effectively shift your perspective and thoughts during times of stress: Keeping a Gratitude Journal During the Quarantine
Talk to a medical doctor without leaving the house: TelaDoc
We need human contact more now than ever! From quarantine dating apps (yes, it’s a thing!) to watching Netflix with friends from separate houses, here are a few ways to keep the connection going.
Find games for your next virtual happy hour: Virtual Happy Hour Games
Up your wine knowledge with friends: Virtual Wine TastingsFor Beginners
Games to play with friends: 22 Social Games to Play Online
Get a group together to #QuarantineandChill (click the link to synchronize video playback & add group chat to your favorite Netflix shows!): Netflix Parties
Find your soulmate with the dating app built for the quarantine: Quarantine Together
Photo: Forbes, UFABIZPHOTO
Cooking and baking can be a huge source of comfort during these times. Get ideas, recipes and tips from the best chefs in the world for your next meal at home.
Become the (amateur) chef you've always knew you could be. Check out the following link for some amazing recipes from world famous chefs: Celebrity Chefs Share Recipes During the Quarantine
Check out this guide to cooking during the quarantine: What Foods To Prepare During the Quarantine
We’re spending more time than we literally ever have before. It’s natural to want to make the most of that so you can feel calmer during the quarantine -- and after.
Peruse Pinterest for easy DIY organization hacks: DIY Home Organization
Pick an App to help you get Organized: Best Apps for Home Organization
Create a visual inventory of your house with Sortly. After you input your items (by taking photos), you can sort them into category folders by location (like in the jewelry box or in the garage closet). You can also tag certain items for easy search & include purchase & warranty dates for even more detail (useful for moving & selling things!).
Learn from the queen of organization herself with our FAVE home Inspo podcast: Spark Joy- Marie Kondo's Podcast
Health & Fitness
Fitness & Health
Whether you want to get good endorphins flowing, keep yourself healthy (The World Health Organization advises that we all get regular fitness in everyday!) or avoid gaining the “Corona 20”, we’ve got a host of fitness at home ideas:
Take a Yoga class: Yoga Anytime!
Or learn yoga for the first time, if you’re a beginner: Yoga Poses
...is the next best thing besides hanging with your friends in person! If you’re looking to make your live-streaming experience available for free, below are the best options:
-Facebook Live (it's usually free, but they now have a Donations button in case artists want to raise funds for a charity during a stream).
Books, Audio Books and Podcasts
For those of us who feel like we never have time to curl up with a good book, the quarantine gives you a chance to catch up. Or, take advantage of the free audio books out there right now while you take a walk or relax in bed.
Find all the free audiobooks out there: Download Free Audiobooks
Support your local library where you can visit & borrow online: Local Library Access
Send e-books to your friends: Kindle Share