March 2020
BONUS EDITION
There's No Place
Like Home
(Part II)
We're back this month for more tips on healthy living! We're sending three issues this month due to the current effect of the coronavirus. The first topic is how to relieve stress and stay productive and happy during the voluntary quarantine we are all experiencing due to COVID-19.

  • Though we are all disrupted from normal activities, it doesn't mean we need to be completely isolated and bored. There are many forms of entertainment available.
Stay Entertained at Home
Stay in Touch
  • Do your best to stay in touch with those you care about using technology.
  • Use phonecalls, Facetime, Skype, Google Hangouts, text, email and social media to stay in touch with others and stave off feelings of isolation.
  • Make sure to check in on others who may need assistance obtaining necessary items during their self-quarantine.

Go For A Walk in Nature
  • The virus is spread through contact with infected people, so you don't have to stay indoors as long as you don't interact with people.
  • It is important to continue moving around to stay healthy!
  • Take a nice walk with those already in your household or with your pet and enjoy the spring weather.

Knock Out Some To-Dos on Your List
  • Doing the same thing for days will probably make you stir-crazy.
  • A better way to stay active and focused? Get on that to-do list you've been putting off forever.
  • Anything you've said, 'I'll do that when I have time." Well, now you have time.
  • When we procrastinate on projects, that causes stress. So as you start to tackle those projects, it can help reduce stress as well as help you feel like you're doing something.
  • Even though we may not be doing anything productive about coronavirus in particular, tackling even little projects can feel good.

Learn a New Skill
  • Not only will picking up a new skill help pass time and give your brain a workout, but doing new things is its own stress buster.
  • There is plenty of research that shows when we learn something new and do something that allows us to grow, it can be very powerful.
  • Learn a language, learn how to cook, or even learn how to put on fake eyelashes. Whatever you've been wanting to learn, now is the time to do it!
  • Many online classes and seminars are free and can be done from the comfort of your couch.Try Udemy, courses offered throughes colleges, or use Lynda through your library. There are so many options, the hardest part will be deciding which skills to take on.

Bond with Animals

Be Creative
  • Start a journal, write a poem, short story, or even a novel!
  • Doodle, paint, or make a craft!
  • Make a card for someone you live with to show them you care or send a picture of a card to someone outside your household.
  • All dressed up but no where to go? Have your own fashion show!
  • Paint your nails fun colors and go really bold with your manicure!

“Visit” a Museum

Take Some Time to Read
  • Read some books you have lying around that you haven't gotten around to reading yet or reread one of your favorites. You can also borrow a book from someone in your household.
  • Magazines like Cook's Illustrated, Men's Health, Reader's Digest, Wired and others are available through RBDigital, a service offered by public libraries to read on your phone and tablet. The selection varies, so you may not have access to all the titles you are looking for, but you can investigate using RBDigital to get free magazines from your library.
  • You can use services like Libby to get ebooks from your public library or check out free public domain books from Project Gutenberg.
  • If you have an Amazon Prime account, you can access Prime Reading. As a Prime member, you can choose up to 10 titles at a time from more than 1,000 carefully curated books, magazines, comics and Kindle Singles. Audiobooks are also available. Kindle First also nets you one free kindle book a month from select new titles.
  • StorylineOnline features celebrities reading children's books and celebrities like Josh Gad and Amy Adams are also reading children's books on social media to support families while schools are closed.

Watch TV and Movies
  • Movie theaters may be closed, but watching movies and television has never been easier. Check out what's on TV and what is available through streaming services.
  • Enjoy a free full-screen playlist of 10 popular short films, featuring people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, available on www.sproutflix.org.
  • If you subscribe to Netflix, you can use Netflix Party in your Chrome browser to stream at the same time as your family and friends. There's even a chat window for everyone to interact.
  • You can also use Discord to stream games and videos with others.
  • If you don't have cable or a paid streaming service, you can use PlutoTv for free or check if your library has Kanopy.
  • If your searching for a specific title on a streaming or premium service, you can search JustWatch to see where it is available.
  • Not sure what to watch? Taste gives you recommendations based on your preferences and can even compare you with your friends to find something you'd both like!

Free Night at the Opera
  • The New York Metropolitan Opera will stream a different encore Live in HD performance every day through Sunday, March 22. Each performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET (4:30 p.m. PT) and remain available for streaming for 20 hours. You can watch the streams in a browser, or use one of the Met Opera on Demand streaming apps available for Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku devices. (Take note, however, that the site is already noting unprecedented high demand, so be prepared for delays or glitches.)

Play a Game
Let's Stay Healthy at Home!

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This is one of many emails that The Arc of New Jersey is distributing in an effort to help individuals with I/DD, their families, and staff to be safe and healthy throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. To see other emails that The Arc of New Jersey has distributed on this topic, please go to    https://www.arcnj.org/information/covid-19-updates-information.html  
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