TIME FOR REBOOTING YOURSELF
Even though you have to work from home these days and stay inside mostly, you can still manage activities that are keeping you on track and feeding your mind and soul with positivity. When was the last time you had THIS MUCH time? Finish that book you forgot of on your nightstand, rearrange the furniture, spend time with your beloved ones and, most of all, focus on yourself! In fact, it was about time for some self-care!
TAKE AN ONLINE COURSE
Staying at home does not mean lamentation. You have plenty of activities to draw value from and a truly beneficial one is taking online courses.
There are options for any field of interest and many of them are at no cost. You can learn about cryptocurrency technologies at Princeton University, about how the idea of gender equality has evolved in the last 60 years in a ten weeks-course at Columbia University or you can endulge yourself with a well-documented online course on the `Hollywod universe` at University of Pennsylvania.
Gladly, broadening your knowledge has never been more easy. You can benefit from some really interesting and interactive free online courses at Ivy League schools.
Here's one course we love from Harvard University on the principles of architecture:
GET INTO MOVIE STREAMING
We can't get enough of watching movies all day long! Online-streaming movie platforms offer a quasi-cinematic experience that you can enjoy at home and these days many of them are providing their services for free or charging an absolute pittance.
For instance, MUBI is offering three months of cult and classic cinematic masterpieces for just €1. The curated list for this month contains some great picks such as the polish movie Body (2018), the French drama film directed by Marguerite Duras - India Song (1975)- or Eva (1962) with the amazing Jeanne Moreau.
In fact, on Open Culture you can find a great selection of more than 1000 titles. Making a choice when you have literally tons of options can be overwhelming, but we are really fond of Wes Anderson's Castello Cavalcanti (2013):
The good news won't stop! On easterneuropeanmovies.com you can find a selection of cinematic gems sorted by decade, genre or region. The oldest title is Ecstasy from the early 1930s - a Czech drama production that was kind of controversial at the time it was released:
SOIRÉE AT HOME
You can have cultural activities at home and now's the perfect time! New York’s Metropolitan Opera is live streaming past productions from its award-winning Live in HD series. More info here:
The prestigious Romanian 'George Enescu Classical Music Festival and Competition' is offering free access to its archives for the following period. The concerts schedule will be changed once in four days and the access is free for the public worldwide.
MUSEUMS AT HOME
For any art lover reading this, we have your back! Some of the most prestigious museums worldwide can be visited from the confort of your own house with just a click away. No queues, no tickets bought.
Arts and Culture Google tool is providing you a 360-degree interactive view of the museums interior and a focus on many of the art works inside. You can contemplate now as long as you want Irises, by Van Gogh at The J. Paul Getty Museum or Untitled by Keith Haring at MoMA The Museum of Modern Art.
The National Gallery of London and the British Museum are providing the same virtual accesibility into its space.
WRITE A JOURNAL
If you don’t do that already, maybe you should. Writing a journal and, in fact, keeping a track on your thoughts and emotions could lead you to the most hidden, profound parts of your inner self.
Even though maybe there’s not much to write about the actual acitivities you’re doing everyday, start challenging your mind in doing a retrospective on the most intense experiences you’ve had in the past, think about how to felt, why you felt or act like you did or how some situations have impacted you. After all, the whole point is to build a stronger, more confident version of yourself.
Here’s a TEDx you should watch:
MAKE FUTURE PLANS
Yes! There is a future through all of this and it will be bright! Positive thinking is not just some cliché that everyone on social media is prattling about.
Having goals and plans to fight for are the things that keep us sane and optimistic that it has to end up well. All of us should learn how to train our minds in overcome challenging situation by preparing for the in-coming good times.
Therefore, try to nourish a good state of mind, recconect with nature, call your mother, meditate or draw. Do whatever makes you happy!
Cultivate the well-being of your mind and spirit and eliberate the endorphines dancing to your favourite energy-boosting song!
See below a playlist recommendation from Roxana Marcu, Founder and Creative Director at sunglasscurator:
SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESSES
Part of the so-needed solidarity the world is grieving for is understanding the economic impact of the stay-home policy right now. There’s little most of us can do, but supporting the small businesses and artizans should not be impossible since we’re living in the age of online shopping.
Do things like before. Order online from your favorite coffee shop or bakery, buy vouchers for theatres or concerts that you can use later, invest in some quality fashion items, therefore promoting sustainability. Of course you do not have to be a big spender, just make smart choices, preserve your resources and live your life like before.
In fact, you could offer your dear ones a Gift Card they can use on sunglasscurator.com for any item desired. Get your Gift Card here.
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