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There’s no escaping the fact that we are currently in the throes of a global pandemic. Unlike before, we now have access to live updates from family, friends and strangers, and from all parts of the world.

We’re constantly inundated by a 24 hour news cycle reminding us of the doom and gloom, and burdened with the reality of the pandemic today plus it’s inevitable future ramifications. It’s all, quite frankly, exhausting.

While staying up-to-date is important, and making the necessary plans for the future even more so, relaxation should also be a priority in these trying times. Reminding ourselves that this too shall pass and that ultimately our mental and emotional healths are just as essential in times like this. To take your mind off things, we’ve compiled a list of things you could do to help ease the stress and keep you grounded.

  1. Try the Calm App

Calm is a guided meditation, sleep aid, and relaxation app. It was named best iPhone app in 2017 by Apple itself. It offers a host of guided meditation podcasts to help you stay present and let go of anxiety, and there’s even a ‘breathe bubble’ which helps you steady your breathing. The best part of this app are probably the sleep stories, which are essentially bedtime stories for adults. They’re read by some very interesting people. like Danai Gurira (Okoye from black panther) and Mattew McConaughey (from Dallas Buyers Club) and promise to be transportive. The app is free for the first 7 days so you can take a week out of quarantine to see what it’s all about and maybe keep it afterwards.

2. Get into home workouts

So you’re stuck in the house and worried you’re going to lose the motivation you’ve been building since you’ve started your ‘new year new me fitness plan’. Don’t fret, the internet is here to save the day. YouTube offers thousands of channels and pages dedicated to getting you in shape from the comfort of your home, and all for free. The great thing is you’ll be killing two birds with one workout; yes you’ll stay in shape but you’ll also be boosting your immune system which is crucial at a time like this

Check out these Youtube channels for inspiration:

Stephanie Buttermore , Abby Pollock, Jeff Nippard,

3. Listen to podcasts

If there’s ever been a time to get into them it’s now. Podcasts are a great way to stay entertained while doing other things, because you only have to listen as opposed to listen to watch. There’s also an endless supply of incredibly niche content out there, so even if you think your interests are too quirky or too specific, there’s probably a podcast out there somewhere on exactly that oddity that you’re into. You can get them for free on audio streaming sites like Spotify, Apple podcasts, Soundcloud and Podbean.

Some of our favorite podcasts are Business Wars, How I Built This with Guy Raz, Splendid Table and Hidden Brain

4. Learn something new

You know that thing you’ve always wanted to learn how to do, but never seem to have the time to actually get started, well you certainly have the time now. Whether it’s learning an instrument or being bothered by the Duolingo app reminding you to practice your Spanish. Right now the world is on pause and while everything is slowed down you can make your interests a priority.

We hope this helps and of course you can use this time to virtually catch up with friends and family and spend some much needed time together. We can all do our part by limiting the risk of the spread, so remember to social distance, quarantine (if you can), practice good hygiene and keep your immune system up. Stay safe and relax.