COVID Coop Up: Turn Worry into Quality Time, Tip #4

tips to promote sel Mar 23, 2020

What's happening?

We hope that this blog post finds all of you safe, healthy, and happy! For those of us in California, our stay-at-home order from Governor Newsom solidified that our kids won't be going back to school until April 19, 2020 (at the earliest), with some school districts planning on a May 5, 2020, return, pending a flattened COVID-19 curve. While this most recent lock down may feel inconvenient, we know that it's a move that protects all of us (our families, our friends, our neighbors, and our community). Join @kevinbacon, who's doing a #IStayHomeFor campaign, helping us identify who we are keeping safe by engaging in social distancing (see, now you're only 1 degree separated from Kevin Bacon -  you're welcome). 

What does this mean?

It means that WFH, teaching our kids, and living in close quarters is the new normal for at least the next month. In this series, our goal is to give you actionable ideas that can direct some of your time to be and feel more meaningful. We hope that our recent posts (tip#1, tip#2, tip#3) have done this. This post is no different. 

Tip #4: Turn it up! 

Music that is. Did you know that listening to music can have similar effects as meditation and can improve mood, sleep, and quality of life? We don't think that you need proof that music elicits the feels. Why do athletes play We Will Rock You or Eye of the Tiger in a locker room before a big game or Thunderstruck when their team enters the arena? Or how about that 4-minute song in Up that instantly brings tears by the 1-minute mark? 

Knowing the positive power of music (especially at a time like this), Global Citizen has organized a #TogetherAtHome virtual concert series. Chris Martin, John Legend, Charlie Puth, Niall Horan, Common, One Republic, and Shawn Mendes w/ Camila Cabello have already completed their Instagram Live virtual concerts with more artists joining the party regularly. We're not sure you'll see a more intimate concert with these superstars. Talk about good feels...

Even if you're not a grammy-winning artist, you have the power to rock! Need some ideas? Have each person in your family pick their favorite song and turn it up, have a mini dance party, break out the karaoke machine and see who can nail the most lyrics, play an instrument, ask your parent or grandparent (use FaceTime if they don't live with you) to play their favorite vinyl record, recreate a favorite music video, show your kids an OG MTV music video (here's looking at you Gen X-ers), or make a point of singing extra loud in the shower. Whatever you choose to do, do it loud! 🤘🏼🎤🎶🎸

 Until next time, take care of each other. 

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