"I've loved seeing these free at-home tests for UTIs––allowing women to test and get treatment for UTIs in a safe way during the pandemic!"
"I just started a personalized daily quarantine goal planner. 😍 Each word is associated with a goal like 'breathe fresh air for 15 minutes' or 'sweat it out for 45 minutes,' etc. My organized heart is so excited for some structure!" - Olivia, GNI Team
"Sheltering in place does weird things to our skin. If you're plagued by weird breakouts, or if your skin isn't adjusting well to anxiety or lack of sleep, just book an virtual skincare consultation with the skin educators from Save Face. Give them 20 minute via zoom and they're provide a recommendation on anything that might be negatively affecting your skin. It's been lifesaving!" -Karen O
"My confidence has been low since I lost my job and the sense of uncertainty in the recent months hasn't helped. So I did some research and happened across the concept of reprogramming by Bruce Lipton also known as rewiring your subconscious before and as you sleep. Typically I had found myself having sleepless nights as I am sure many of us have have and was grateful to find something positive to do before I fell asleep. I found a channel that specializes in subconscious programming while you sleep on Youtube (for free) and have since purchased directly from the website. It hasn't been the full 21 days, but I feel like a brand new me. It's been transformational!" -Connie S
"Want better sleep? Listen to the "Sleep With Me Podcast." At first, it definitely seems weird, but it's now my go-to when I can't fall asleep. The narrator, Scooter, has the perfect voice to help you fall asleep, and good bedtime stories too! He has fun episodes where he summarizes popular shows like "The Good Place" and "The Mandalorian" as well as completely made up tales too. Lately, it's been taking some of the restlessness out of the "deep, dark night," as he's dubbed it." - Alana J
It's a tricky time, but if you're able to take a day off right now, consider this your reminder that it's okay to not have somewhere to go in order to take a personal day. While it can be easy to push this off, these hectic times call for the physical and mental restoration of stepping away from your WFH (or out-in-the-world) setup too.
On Saturdays at 11am ET/10am CT from May 16 through June 6, Oprah will be hosting a FREE four-part virtual tour focused on the wellness lessons that are carrying her through this moment, as well as live conversations with experts. Tune in as she leads interactive workbook exercises to help find ways to live your healthiest and most well life during these challenging times.
"If you're looking for home workouts, I recommend TheWorkout.Today! Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, you will receive an email with a brain-tickling thought and a bodyweight workout you can do anywhere. My partner and I started TWT as a labor of love a couple of years ago. It's been really good timing, because so many folks have been searching for at-home workouts, and we've been able to fill that gap. There's no ask here, it's 100% free, just sharing in case you're seeking simple workouts and written thoughts right now." -Keely T
"I've been going a little stir crazy without my gym, but I've recently taken up doing on long walks with my dog. I found a simulation app called The Walk that makes you the main character in a Spy mystery game. It's a great motivation to keep walking every day. The Walk motivates you to walk more and by the 50th episodes you'll end up walking the entire length of the UK. It's been a great way to stay active and get my mind off of everything." -Amanda
"I've been loving this checklist app lately! As someone who both can easily get in a slump of sitting on the couch all day these days, this app has been a super helpful tool in keeping me accountable for things like exercising daily, making my bed, taking time off screens, and morning yoga. You can also add friends to add even more accountability!" -Katie B
"You can make any type of tea, but why not make it the way the Queen does? Is it delightfully bougie? Yes. Is it very relaxing? Also yes. Start with English Breakfast tea or Earl Gray and try pouring a little milk into it. Then "plate" your tea mug on a nice plate, and serve some cookies for dunking on the side. Trust me, making this look nice is half of the good vibes. Take some screen-free time around 3 pm to just enjoy and savor, or chat with your quarantine-mate." -Kelly-Lynne R
"I've been using this guided journal, created by author and poet Alex Elle, to help me identify my fears and worries. It also connects me with my needs and restores my sense of calm on hard days." -Sarah P
Reiki is an easy, natural and safe method of healing and self-improvement. In a fun, and exciting, class held via Zoom you will gain an understanding of the system of Reiki from the Traditional Japanese perspective!" -Rebecca R
"Let yourself feel your feelings! All the things you brush off or push down because you "don't have time" to deal with them? Deal with them now. This is a shitty, but open, opportunity to come out of this on the other side with a clearer view of what kind of world you want to live in, and what kind of person you want to be in that world."
"Coloring is therapeutic. Grab a blank sheet of paper and a black marker and draw a giant squiggle - the more loops and curves and twists, the better. Then color each of the sections with different colored crayons and markers. Not only is it meditative, it takes quite a bit of time to finish coloring the whole picture. If you're looking to add some new art to your home, stick with monochromatic or similar shades for each piece and you'll have your own modern art pieces to show off!"
"Have several items in the same category? Group them together and work on each group. I feel so much better not having a long list of things I want to get done hanging around! I had 5 sewing projects I wanted to make. Normally, I'd have maybe done one in a week. Not commuting two hours every day means I have way more time right now. I gave myself permission to leave out all my sewing stuff (cluttering my kitchen table) and managed to get 4 of the 5 sewing projects done in a week. It's so nice to have crossed those off my list! And deciding to group my items together means I'm getting out and putting away everything less." - Melissa R.
"After not doing yoga for several years, I've recently rediscovered how it can be both calming and energizing. CorePower Yoga has 8-10 classes you can stream for free online on demand, and they switch them out every few days. They have everything from an hour-long sweat sesh to 20 minutes of stretches that just make you feel good." - Rachel
"Subscribe to Farmer's Market Femme - a food email thread that helps you turn pantry staples into full meals." - Community Member
"I want to recommend '2 lizards,' by the artists Meriem Bennani and Orian Barki, an Instagram docu-diary about living under quarantine. It's surrealist, it's whimsical, it's noir, it's amusing, it's deeply intelligent. It's not a distraction from the pandemic -- rather, it's a way to help process the enormity of the moment, and watch people unfurl their grief, confusion, joy and collective spirit in real-time."
"I make my bed every morning - a simple task that has had a huge, positive impact on my life. It gives me a sense of accomplishment to start the day and at the end of the day I get into a nicely made bed."
"I’m re-reading The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer. It's an amazing book that helped me to overcome a large part of the anxiety I struggled with for most of my life. It is about your relationship with your thoughts and emotions. Essentially, it explains how to understand the voice in your head and why you react the way you do. It's presented in an easily digestible way and a great point of entry if you are interested in taming a lot of the negative chatter in your mind."
"Palm Inhalation is the simple yet sacred act of receiving scent from your hands. I think of scent as a tool for deepening your breath, reconnecting with the present, and slowing down. I'm biased but my go-to blend to ground is Earth by 3rd Ritual."
"I’ve been scheduling out each day the night before. It might sound like a lot, but I’m the kind of person who thrives off routine. I find when I don’t have a set list of things to do and when to do it, I sit around and worry about what might happen." - Eileen R.
"Every morning when I get up, I eat a little breakfast and then I go for a run. I've found that if there is anything you get out of this, it is to run. It calms me in ways I didn’t think possible. The treadmill really isn’t the same as running outdoors and seeing nature and other humans (of course 6 feet apart)! I’m trying to stay in the most shape that I can and it feels nice to release my own energy and get out in the world. "- Claire
"The "Good Morning, I Love You" practice is the perfect practice to teach GNI's readers due to its simplicity and grounding effects. If we create a habit of greeting ourselves with love each morning, these first moments of cultivating an attitude of kindness and compassion — the "secret sauce" of mindfulness — can grow and strengthen the neural pathways of self-love. The "GMILY" practice includes the three, key elements of mindfulness: It aims our intention toward cultivating greater love for ourselves and others. It focuses our attention in the present moment. And it invites an attitude of kindness and curiosity toward whatever we experience." - Wendy G.
"The Happier podcast is just that -- it helps you live a happier life! Gretchen gives tips on things like how to stay organized, how to create habits that last, and also explores different personality types and tips according to your specific one. It's a great listen, and great motivation." - Megan
"The team at Skoove decided to make a bold move and offer a significant part of their premium content free for everyone. Teachers and educational institutions get Skoove Premium for free." - Nico C.
Feeling uninspired to change out of your pajamas each morning? This account will bring a smile to your face with *just* how creative some people's outfits are getting as they work from home.
Wondering how you'll explain this strange moment in time to future generations? This site makes it easy to build a capsule with snippets from your daily life — as it is — right now.
As we move through these unknown times, there is a lot that is out of our control, but what we can harness is our response to each other and to the world. Join Rooted Beings for IG Lives, Zoom group meditations, Zoom private meditations, and 21-day meditation collectives.
This is an unprecedented moment in time, so it's okay if work looks a little different these days. We're all just trying to adjust.
If you're barely functioning right now, you're not alone. We're all at different stages of acknowledging this thing, and this article does a great job of reminding us to be kind to ourselves in this truly unprecedented moment.
Trying to figure out how to help everyone else and yourself right now? We love this actionable way to allocate your resources and create a "care budget" unique to this moment in time.
"Replace your usual alarm with easy, audio-guided bedyoga and meditation. Think of it like a healthy way to start the day on a positive note. Right now we especially need to maintain some kind of routine and Yoga Wake Up was created just for that! Everything in the app is between 5-15 minutes long, so it's easy to sneak into your day. " -Lizzie B.
"Increase your own happiness and build more productive habits by joining this Yale online lecture." - Kim
Take care of yourself for years to come by completing the census. It's quick, easy and safe. Being counted impacts the amount of federal monies distributed to your state and determines the number of representative seats as well. Participating in the census is an important civic duty, and there's no better time than now to do so.
Commune, a Seattle studio, is offering free virtual yoga, meditation classes, and more to during this time. Roll out your mat and meet people around the globe.
"Dance Church is providing a 90 minute, live streamed, at home workout every Wednesday and Sunday. Dance Church is movement class that offers a fun and inclusive approach to dancing. Designed for people of all shapes and sizes, backgrounds and identities, Dance Church is a communal space for people who want to move their bodies." - Rayanna S.
"Want to address the undercurrent of fear running through your daily life? Mindfulness guru Tara Brach teaches practices to help you reduce stress and calm fear while cultivating inner resources of safety, strength and connection." - Carolyn R.
"Here's a free, global art project that starts April 7th. The idea is simple: commit to 100 days of making (you can do anything at all!) and sharing your progress online." - Lindsay Jean T.
"I’ve been replacing looking at Twitter, justified with the intention of 'being informed' with listening to the daily podcast called What a Day. The editing, music, and hosts are the opposite of anxiety-inducing...and after 15 minutes I’m more informed than I ever would be stress-refreshing my feed." - Jen M.
"Try Other Mother Vinegar's yummy and gut healthy vinegar shots that are flavored with all natural and good for you flavors like ginger, turmeric, and raspberry." -Shelby
"Author and artist Anna Brones started a Creative Fuel Challenge to help us get through this dark moment. It's less a challenge and more a beautiful almost-daily email with a recommended creative activity. She turned her email newsletter into a series of creative prompts and projects to inspire art making over the coming weeks. It really feels like a breath of fresh air." -Mary H
"This app called Down Dog has various fitness options (my fave is the Yoga version) and they are doing a special promotion until May 1st where it's completely free to use!" - Jas
Now that all parts of our lives are happening in one place, it's hard to set boundaries for ourselves. To help with this, try designating parts of your space into "work" and for "non-work" zones. Dining room table? Work. Bedroom? Non-work. And so on! 🤗
Try making Dalgona coffee. If you like your coffees slightly sweeter/smoother and creamier, but without a ton of sugar... this is for you. ☕️
Test out if swapping sweats for jeans, doing your hair, or reincorporating some of the rituals you rely on when going into the office is a source of motivation in the morning. It may just give you a sense of normalcy and energy during your indoorsy work week!
If you have an Amazon Alexa or Google Home, you can use them to set up a routine or specific response when you ask a question. Set your speaker to share only the top 5 news headlines when you ask for today's news, or include 1-2 stories in your "morning routine" wake up.
Anyone else's dog get super active just as you enter the dial-in? Keep them entertained by filling a Kong or other hollow treat toy with a mix of plain yogurt and peanut butter, peanut butter and banana, or plain pumpkin puree. Stick it in the freezer and pull it out when it's Zoom time.
WFH gives you the freedom to take a minute or two to yourself and shake it up a little bit. Get up once every hour and take a lap around your home. Do 5 jumping jacks after every conference call. Whenever you finish a project, get off your set and strike a power pose.
It can feel really boring when you've been looking at the same 4 walls for a full week or more. Work at your make-shift desk in the morning, and relocate to the "conference room" in your kitchen after lunch. Move to the employee lounge (ahem - couch) to finish up your day.
Need a tip for maintaining your at home schedule? WFH can make the hours go by and the days blend into each other. Build in a lunch break and set in on your calendar to give your team a heads up and break up your day.
Working at home to staying at home has got us glued to our screens. Try giving yourself 30 mins of screen-free time a day by trying a different activity. Spend 30 mins reading, tidying up your new desk space, working on a puzzle, cooking a meal, or stretching. Just leave all screens out!
Whether you use Google Calendar or pen events into a planner, create a recurring event (or multiple events!) for yourself in the midst of your workdays to remind yourself to take a lap, have a stretch, or do a couple of jumping jacks!
Looking for a free yoga or meditation resource? Adriene is the best in the biz.
Because we could all use lifted spirits and an opportunity to recenter right now.
Sitting in an endless stream of meetings? Haven't left your couch all day because you're working extra hours? Set an alarm on your phone or computer and remind your self to do the little things.
There's a lot happening right now. If you're having trouble getting to sleep because there's a lot going on in your brain right now? Write it down! Try keeping a notepad by your bed to jot down anything that comes to mind while you're trying fall asleep (and worry less as a result).
In times when Really Big Things™️ are happening in the world, we can forget to tend to the little, everyday things, AKA staying hydrated. Many of us have a workplace beverage routine, but adjusting habits for working from home can be tricky. Try the 1:1 ratio technique --> Drink one glass of water for every non-water beverage you consume during the work week.
Looking for ways to stay active while staying inside? We've rounded up a list of fitness resources that you can utilize all while remaining indoors.
Here’s how GNI team member Jordan is teaching herself to process (slowly) and find solace in the wake of canceled big life moments.
We wrote out some empathetic templates to help you start a conversation about canceling small gatherings with friends, large format events, or family get-togethers during social distancing.
You're not alone! 💗 Have something weighing on you about COVID-19? Feel free to add to this open thread. Our community is here to support you.
Here's what we're keeping in mind as we navigate this new normal together.
We wrote some tips about working from home in case it's your first time puttin' on sweatpants and hopping onto Zoom.