We started Amava to help people remain socially engaged through work, volunteering, continuing education and more. We understand that these are extraordinary times. There are still strategies for social engagement and giving back, to be sure. And more ways than ever to keep learning (online for now) — YouTube videos, TED-Ed and online museums and other platforms. Even with all of that, you may need to get up and do things yourself or in your small family group when you tire of streaming entertainment, the classes are over and you want to stay occupied. 

In no particular order, here are some other things you can do:  

 

Go Outside If You Can. Even if it is just to change your air for a few minutes. Tend your garden if that’s an option. Even if it isn’t, it’s a metaphor. 

 

Sing and Listen to Music. Most of you have seen Italians singing from their windows. Studies show music brings joy and relaxation. Nobody cares if you aren’t James Taylor right now. Music soothes and heals. Love musicals? Watch them for free!

 

Read. We humans are lucky. Literacy is a gift. Words on a page can evoke thinking and feeling. 

 

Write. Maybe you already know you have a gift, maybe this is your moment. Get it down on paper (or your computer). 

 

Organize Stuff. A junk drawer is something you can control. So is your closet. And the spice cabinet. You never normally have the time or inclination to do this, but it might give you some satisfaction. 

 

Donate or Sell What You Don’t Need. Maybe not this minute, but get ready for it. 

 

Exercise. You can work out at home. There are so many ways. Search it up and check in with your favorite gym or yoga studio. Many are putting out free content online.

 

Meditate. Try it! Here are some mindfulness ideas for you. 

 

If you’ve got more ideas, share them with us at editor@amava.com.

 

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