Some people are currently under mandatory stay in place orders and others are staying home out of a sense of social responsibility, but everyone is probably wondering what they are going to do with their newly expanded free time. As great as it’s been to catch up on TV shows and movies eventually, we’ll reach the end of Netflix and the internet. What happens then?
Social distancing is the perfect excuse to try something new, after all, you can’t embarrass yourself in front of strangers! So why not take that first yoga class, learn to draw, or some other activity you’ve been thinking about trying out.
Developing personal and professional skills is a great way to pass the time, engage in critical thought, and learn new things. We put together a list of lectures, courses, and other resources to develop your personal and professional skills, all are free and most of the courses take under 5 weeks to complete. Hope this gives people some ideas!
It is a great time for some educational pursuits! There are a ton of free online courses that you can enroll in to learn new skills or learn more about a topic that has always interested you. Most courses offer a free version of each class and offer official certificates or additional materials for an additional cost. Here are some resources to find the perfect online class.
The internet is filled with lectures regarding enhancing particular professional skills, here are a few that we think are great.
Remember Ted Talks? They are still a great resource to learn about new things and find some inspiration. Here are a few great ones to get you started.
What a great time to get creative! Here are a collection of classes and videos dedicated to inspiring the artist in all of us!
Diving into a great book is an excellent way to pass the time. Luckily there are plenty of opportunities to get free ebooks and audiobooks from a variety of sources.
It is important to engage in some physical activity everyday we are staying in place. Here is a great list of resources for free in home exercise courses and a list for exercise breaks for kids.
Now is the perfect time to pick up yoga. It is calming, centering, and a great method of self-care. Starting as a newbie in a class can be intimidating – luckily there are a variety of free classes on different social media platforms.
Never done yoga before? Start with Yoga for Complete Beginners on YouTube.
We hope this list helps inspire you to take on a new challenge and learn a new skill during our time social distancing. It is important to take advantage of the next few weeks in any way we can, adding to your skillset is a productive and hopefully fun way to find a silver lining in social distance.
Written by Gabe Murillo – Research Manager