The coronavirus has forced millions of Americans home—home from work, home from school, home from all normal social and leisurely activities. Churches, restaurants, retail stores, and gyms all across the nation have closed in an effort to slow the spread of this virus. And while our main concern is the health of ourselves and our loved ones—if you’re like me, you’re also wondering how to handle this newfound social isolation? Look no further—I compiled a list of helpful websites and resources to help you stay calm, healthy, and happy in our new reality.
If you’re looking for ways to keep in shape while at home, many gyms and fitness studios are offering free online classes. Check out this comprehensive list here.
Peace of Mind
Missing your church service, looking for calm in the midst of the storm? Check out some of these online sermons and guided meditations.
One Church LA – Pastors Touré and Sarah Jakes Roberts offer multiple livestreams of their services at 9am, 11:15am, and 1:30pm PDT on Sundays, and 8pm PDT on Thursdays.
Elevation Church—Pastor Steven and Holly Furtick also offer multiple livestreams of their Sunday service, along with sermons on both their YouTube and podcast channels. Check it all out here!
Heather & Cornelius Lindsey– This power-preaching couple pastor a church together, The Gathering Oasis Church, host a podcast together, Life with the Lindseys (available on Apple, Youtube, and Spotify), and have their own respective YouTube channels with tons of sermons and encouraging messages. Check them out here and here.
Looking for soothing meditations; check out these:
Calm.com—This meditation app allows you to customize your meditations by choosing from a selection like, “7 Days of Calming Anxiety”, “7 Days of Gratitude”, and “Untangling Physical Pain”. Lebron James even has a set of meditations on the app called “Train Your Mind”. You can try Calm.com for free with its 7-day free trial, or for a limited time pay only $41.99 for the year instead of the normal $69.99. Check it out here!
Abide—Abide offers biblical meditations that offer calming, encouraging messages to start or refocus your day through their app… for free! Check it out here.
Missing your social interactions? There are tons of ways to communicate with loved ones near and far. From text messaging and Facetime (for iPhone users), to Google Hangouts, Zoom and WhatsApp. Feel free to check in on your family and friends through any of these methods and ask them to join you in some of these virtual activities:
Netflix Party– Now you can watch your favorite shows together, no matter where you may be. Netflix Party allows you to have a group chat while watching tv or movies together!
An online dinner party, game night, or hangout—Use one of the video platforms above to bring your friends and/or family together. Tell them to have their glass of wine ready, or send a recipe for you to cook together; pull out the card games and let the virtual fun begin!
Stay safe everyone!