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If you haven’t already heard, staying home is in. Going out, mingling, and even luring your friends over for a no-more-than-ten-people party isn’t just not cool right now, it’s rude and downright reckless. 

At this point, there is no stopping this global pandemic. We do have the power, however, to slow the spread and help keep the number of COVID-19 cases below medical treatment capacity. Yesterday, the US Surgeon General urged Americans to act as if we already have the virus. This means more than social distancing. This means, staying at home as much as possible, and maintaining at least six feet of space between yourself and others when you absolutely must leave home for supplies. And speaking of supplies, the FDA implored citizens to buy only the groceries you need for one week at a time, so that others may do the same. 

We know, it sounds bleak. We’re doing it, too. You’ve probably seen influencers, possibly some of your favorites, celebrating this time of self-isolation as an opportunity to start that side business you’ve always dreamed of, become a legendary playwright, get in the best shape of your life, etc, etc…but these times (that are only just now beginning) are stressful and unnerving, and if it’s the best you can do to roll out of bed and drink some water right now, that is enough.

 

No one knows exactly how long we will need to self-isolate, or how many periods of social distancing and self-isolation we will all need to commit to before this is over. But, it will end. And that day, when we all step out blinking into the sun like little baby Simba will be beautiful and powerful and a level of joy that none of us have ever experienced before.

In the meantime, we’ve compiled these free online resources to help see you through these days, whether you do indeed intend to create the next big thing, or you need simple ways to find a little hope and happiness.

Calligraphy, watercolors, photography and creative personal writing are just a few of the classes Brit + Co is offering for free through March 31. Click Here

500 free Ivy League courses, from contemporary poetry to a history of American Capitalism to the science of well-being, free for perusal. Click Here

If your in-person volunteering habit has left a hole in your daily schedule and your spirit, get your fix with these community and accessibility driven organizations. Click Here

This is merely a fraction of the free, diverse fitness options that gyms, studios, and personal trainers have been uploading for folks stuck at home over the last several days. It might be a good opportunity to try out that class you’ve been interested in but also too embarrassed to be seen attempting for the first time. Click Here

The best coding classes, according to some dude named Bill Gates. Click Here

“10 Free Online Courses That Will Make You Happier.” Click Here

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