I’ve just written to my mailing list that it’s okay to not be okay right now.
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So, to help us all be okay or not okay right now, this here is going to be a mega-list of stuff I’ve found helpful over the last few weeks, months, is it still 2020?!
- I’m finding joy right now in writing morning pages, a habit I never thought I’d manage with my usually procrastinating writing brain.
- I’m watching John Krasinski’s Some Good News channel
- I’m gleaning joyous news from social media, such as the tale of Hugh Weber’s daughter, Emerson and enjoying a lot of silly memes and TikTok dances in my friends’ Whatsapp group.
- Free film festival screenings from all the film festivals that none of us get to even dream about going to this year.
- The Guardian is running a series called Lockdown Culture that includes weekly lists of free culture online, including films, music and theatre.
I’m also doing my best to acknowledge those days and even moments when I just sink, I don’t want to do anything, I just don’t have the mental capacity or energy. I will say to myself, “that’s okay, today is a pyjamas and Buffy day”. It doesn’t have to mean a full day of loafing, it’s just an acceptance that I can’t be on top form at the moment, all day, every day and that’s okay.
It’s okay for me and it’s okay for you too.
Self-development and emotional intelligence stuff:
- Dr Noam Shpancer (what a great name!) wrote a fab article about emotional acceptance and why feeling bad can be good (now say his name five times fast!).
- If you want to look further into this, I highly recommend Dr. Susan David’s book on Emotional Agility and she’s got a free self-evaluation quiz on her website too.
- Free masterclasses with Sundance Film Festival!
- A ton of free courses from Ivy League colleges.
- The most popular online course ever, The Science of Well-Being takes you on a personal journey on how to increase your happiness, wellbeing and productivity.
Remote working tips:
- Tech to help you work remotely
- Crowdsourced Remote Work Survival Kit
- Free Zoom training for beginners by the ever joyful Joyful Web.
- Business advice webinars from The Broadroom
Do chat with me on Twitter or Instagram or even just send me an old-fashioned email. Hell, little Emerson’s inspired me to start sending out letters again, just as I did with penpals when I was her age, back in the day.
I’m going to keep adding to this list so do send me your suggestions too.