This piece is a companion to a post by Kiara Gomez on coping with stress during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We’ve been working from home for over six weeks–I hope everyone is settling into working, learning, and teaching from home. This is a difficult time for all of us and will be affecting everyone differently. We at Science Y’all have been thinking of ways we can have a helpful impact, so here we’ve compiled a list of resources for self-care during this unusual time. You’ll also find a list of resources on ways we can help, as we know the sense of helplessness* during this time can be overwhelming. I’ve categorized the list into 1) Resources for Staying in Touch, 2) Resources for De-stressing, and 3) Resources for Helping Others. The resources are linked within the post, but a right-click will display the address if you prefer or need to copy and paste to share specific resources.
*If the symptoms of stress and anxiety impair your ability to function, please speak to an experienced mental health professional. The UT Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC) is continuing to provide services over the phone. For more information please visit:
Stream the Met Opera for free from their website. Performances go live at 7:30 p.m. ET and remain active for 20 hours. Also, consider donating to their emergency fund.
Here’s a full list of artists streaming concerts or fun stuff, compiled by VULTURE. Scroll down that page to find an individual day-to-day schedule, updated daily.
And here’s a link to the Sofar Soundsonline listening room: ~30min FREE concerts are available live and on-demand from a range of artists. You can also donate directly to the artists, or go buy their EPs/stash if you’re able to!
The YouTube channel the show must go on! is releasing Andrew Lloyd-Webber musicals every Friday, available for 48-hrs.
Play games. See our suggested single-player and multiplayer platforms above.
Pick up a new (or practice an old) hobby or skill.
Start learning a new language using Duolingo or the web, such as this list on Open Culture.
Start learning a new instrument, singing or dancing! There are plenty of YouTube tutorials out there to help you learn.
For example, Oti Mabuse is running dance classes for adults and kids alike.
Drawing, sketching, making collages, or painting.
Baking and cooking – see @breadaheadbakery on Instagram for live bake-along instructions at 9am CST
Crafts like sewing, knitting, cross stitch, woodwork/carpentry, (Amazon is still delivering if you need to procure materials). It’s finally time to upcycle that old dress or cabinet! See creativebug for inspiration.
Offer help in your community to those more vulnerable. Search the web and social media for community groups in your area where you can offer your services.
E.g., find your neighborhood Facebook page, or alternatively your local “buy nothing” project page – These are not groups specific to the crisis, but here people are offering services and items relevant to the COVID-19 outbreak, for their local area.
Support local businesses that are closed by buying gift cards for their online stores. (or buying from them if they are open – but take care to practice social distancing and hygiene!)
Share public health recommendations and updates within your personal networks and on social media.
Donate personal protective equipment (PPE) that you may have in the lab to the local hospital or via GetUsPPE.org.
Some organizations are also running low on reagents and equipment, so consider donating if you can.
Donate your computing power for COVID19 simulations.
Volunteer your skills to help COVID-19 researchers or take on a COVID-19 challenge. Tasks can include anything from transcribing data and annotating images, to creating a low-cost ventilator and machine learning challenges:
Edit and share this text on social media or directly with your friends/family: “If you are remotely educating your children, if you need assistance with understanding something that has been assigned for your child or if you need more resources, just give me a shout. I have experience teaching [subject] and I’ll be happy to answer questions to the best of my ability. I also have a good network of other lecturers and researchers so if I can’t help odds are someone I know can! Just ask.#bettertogether”
Some of the ideas and information for this article was obtained from the following resources: