By Vilma Sakalauskaite
During the time of quarantine, I’ve been using tons of my usual and new wellness tools, social media being an important one of them. Many people are becoming social media experts nowadays. Facebook has been a place of inspiration for me.
I’ve tried using Zoom and virtual conferencing platforms. Even if one doesn’t have a smartphone, they can call in to a Zoom or Google Hangouts meeting, using a local number and a PIN code. There is no excuse not to.
Have you tried any exercise classes yet online? The other day I participated in my first online Zumba class – it’s an aerobic dance exercise to Latin music. It was fine, although not as good as the real thing. But it was a good place to start. The next day I took a yoga class on Facebook Live with a teacher who I know.
Some of the other wellness tools that I’ve used are jigsaw puzzles, dusting and cleaning my apartment, getting rid of stuff, organizing old picture albums, connecting with extended family, trying to be of service by reaching out to people who I think may be having a harder time reaching out, helping others to learn to Skype and Zoom.
In this time of social distancing, it is important to practice social connections. Here are some ONLINE RESOURCES that I came across:
- East Bay Alcoholics Anonymous Online Meeting Directory: https://eastbayaa.org/online-meeting-directory
- California Statewide Peer Warmline NOW OPERATES 24/7 1-855-845-1415 with chat too https://www.mentalhealthsf.org/peer-run-warmline/
- Recovery International ZOOM meetings (Support Group with CBT training): Wednesday 6:30 PM and Saturday 1:30 PM Zoom meeting ID 724-899-2820 (Oakland); Saturday at 2 PM Zoom meeting ID is 741-777-1093 (Walnut Creek). To telephone in to any Zoom meeting call 669-900-6833. Then type in the meeting ID.
- Study online, perhaps take FREE Online Coding Classes through Stanford University https://compedu.stanford.edu/codeinplace/announcement/
- Explore WRAP® videos on YouTube: Find lots of WRAP-related videos online, including recorded interviews and webinars with Mary Ellen Copeland, PhD. Start here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCclJOM_YvCxXUGpfeaUSEbg
If you have any resources that could be useful to anybody sitting at home, please share them in the comments below.
In the meantime, please enjoy some quarantine jokes from the internet. 🙂