These are crazy times and it feels easier than ever to spiral. That’s why it’s so important to take the extra time to take care of you. Accessing your usual mood-boosters may be more difficult these days, but there are lots of new and free services available to help you get through the day. We’ve started consolidating some tips and resources on things to do while stuck inside. Below is part one of a self-care series.
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Fitness may have been on your to-do list for a while, but in some ways there’s never been a better time to get moving. While getting to the gym these days is a hurdle, there are lots of sweat-inducing alternatives via apps and online classes.
These days, elevating that heart rate is a must. Exercise has been shown to decrease your blood pressure, improve your stress and anxiety level and help with immunity and sleep. So here are some free tools to help elevate your endorphins:
- Nike has waived the $14.99 monthly fee for its Nike Training Club premium service indefinitely. It features 185 workouts that you can do indoors plus yoga classes. Download it on the App Store or on Google Play.
- Similarly, the Peloton offers thousands of strength, yoga, stretching, boot camp and cardio workouts on its app. They’ve extended their 30-day free trial to 90 days.
- Yoga studio Core Power Yoga is offering free online classes through its platform.
- Our L.A. neighbor Barry’s Bootcamp is sharing 20-minute versions of their signature cardio and strength-training classes on Instagram. They’re posting three workouts a day, which will be announced the day before through Instagram Stories under the @barrys handle.
- Daily Burn, which allows you to stream thousands of yoga, barre, Pilates, cardio, strength training and high intensity workouts is extending its 30-day free trial to 60 days.
- Headspace is offering free meditations, including “weathering the storm,” through its app.
As with skin, everyone’s taste in entertainment is different. So rather than focusing on what to consumer we’ve got a few idea on new ways to do it while we’re self-isolating.
- Movie night doesn’t have to end just because you’re not in the same room. Try Netflix Party, a Chrome extension, lets you watch videos with your friends and chat together at the same time.
- Need viewing inspiration? Check out a list of the 50 best TV shows on Netflix right now. Or find a show for a laugh or any other mood.
- Loads of artists have taken to YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitch to stream live concerts. Look up your favorites and there’s a good chance they’re taking part. Need some inspiration? Here’s are a few lists of what to catch each day from Billboard, Vulture and NPR.
- NPR also offers free live and taped concerts online through their “Tiny Desk” series.
- Want to decompress with classical music? Tune into performances from professionals such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
- An opera you say? The Royal Opera House of London has a YouTube channel with a selection of some of the top performances from famous operas and ballets. Want something a bit closer to home? the Metropolitan Opera is putting on nightly opera streams. But don’t be late! They’re only available until 3:30 p.m. ET the next day.
- Did you know that you can stream broadway shows through through Amazon, iTunes, YouTube? You can also check out BroadwayHD and take advantage of their one-month free trial.
Take a mental break from your home and get your culture fix. While a lot’s closed these days you can still take in the digital sights.
- Take a virtual tour of Yosemite National Park.
- Go on virtual tours of hundreds of museums around the world with Google’s Arts & Culture collection, or visit the Met museum in NYC with 6 short videos.
- Check out animal cams for pandas, koalas and elephants from the San Diego Zoo’s live stream. Need even more virtual fur? The Cincinnati Zoo, Zoo Atlanta, Houston Zoo and Oregon Zoo also have cams.
- Prefer sea creatures? Pop into an aquarium. Watch penguins roam the halls of the Shedd aquarium. The National Aquarium in Baltimore, Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta and Boston’s New England Aquarium also have live feeds and virtual tours.
Finally, if you’re feeling stuck inside, there’s never been a better time to give your skin some extra love. The right skincare routine can be just the thing. With the right products, this daily ritual can help bring balance to your skin, but it can also offer a calming pause in your day.
Not sure where to start? We’re here to help. We started Kura to take the guesswork out of skincare. It’s why we share 101 on everything from how to wash your face to intel on how your sheets could be causing breakouts. But it’s also why we created a simple quiz and a smart algorithm to connect you with the right products for your individual needs.
To get started with routine built around you, create a skin profile at kuraskin.com and we’ll take care of the rest.