Keeping Yourself Inspired When Sheltered in Place

Keeping Yourself Inspired When Sheltered in Place

With most of us sheltering in, with or without kids, there’s only so much binge watching we can do to stave off longing for a time in which we could be less than six feet apart. And new ideas to effectively prevent casa claustrophobia seem to run out – fast.

After you have Maria Kondo’ed your entire home, spring cleaned until you can eat off the kitchen floor and reorganized your sock drawer (nine times), now what?

We’re keeping up on ideas on how to keep your spirits up and selves busy when you’ve got an empty or full house and limited access to the outside world. This can be a great time for some much deserved you-time or an ideal opportunity to do things on your to-do list that never get to-done.

When we find some good ones, we’ll be sharing them here. We’re all in this together, Friends.

This installment is sort of an arts and humanities edition. 

How about learning a new language? Does that sound bon/bene/gut/Bueno/良い? Berlitz has instructor-led online language classes for adults, kids and teens. Rosetta Stone is currently offering a “binge” of “unlimited languages.” Like linguistic all you can eat.

Always wanted to take a class on philosophy? Rightly curious about understanding economics and investments? You a history buff obsessed with the Cold War? We just learned about Free Online Ivy League Courses (who are generously offering a free 2,000-hour curriculum to help keep everyone safe and learning from home). There’s also The Great Courses that streams hundreds of classes or varying disciplines, even ones on the visual arts.

Speaking of art, PBS’s program “Art21” provides an up-close and personal visit with some of the 21st century’s most fascinating artists and art movements.  Each installation is beautifully produced, and you absolutely don’t have to be an art world type to enjoy them; it’s like hanging out in an artist studio and leaving with a new perceptive on how to view the world.

You can also virtually visit the collections of some of the world’s best-known museums thanks to Google’s Arts & Culture site.

By the time we’re all back to a new normal, you can be a multilingual art snob! We’ll do future posts of stuff to do with the kids and ways to stay connected to your community (while social distancing).