Resources for Social Distancing Well

As we all try to collectively figure out our new societal normal (even if it’s temporary), we’re also all on our homefronts, trying our best to figure out our own new normal as well. For some of you, you may be working from home for the first time. You might also be homeschooling for the first time.

That’s a lot of new all at once. I’m right there with you.

I’ve done both — work from home and homeschool — for a number of years now, so I thought I’d share a few links, resources, and ideas already out there. 

Tips on Working From Home

There’s lots of great info out there right now, largely via podcasts. Here’s a few that might give you practical tips or motivational encouragement:

Tips on Homeschooling

I couldn’t sum up my own thoughts better on how to homeschool right now than this Twitter thread (click through to read the whole thing):

Also, my friend Susan Wise Bauer is SUPER smart and knows what she’s talking about — she’s part of a free online conference about suddenly-at-homeschooling. It’s already happening, but you can sign up to watch individual webinars, and I highly recommend learning from these wise folks.

It’s delightful to see so many artists, entrepreneurs, and businesses helping each other out right now. Just a few resources I know about:

Tips on Staying Sane

First off, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention my own work-from-home work, because I actually feel a sense of purpose to this more than ever at the moment. If you’re like me, you need reminders of the good, little things in life that make things better.

I’m doing a few social distancing-specific episodes at the moment, such as creating a basket of comfort art and establishing a golden hour. This week’s will reflect our current global situation as well, as may the next few (who knows, really?). Make sure to subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts, so you don’t miss one — each episode is intentionally short.

We’re only a few months into this new show, but already there’s a few timeless ones that feel all the more timely right now: routines are good, candles — really, and memento mori all come to mind.

There’s so many tools, resources, and sources of encouragement out there right now — it’s really remarkable. Stay safe, wash those hands, and do what you need to do to stay sane. Give yourself lots of grace. We’ll get through this time together.

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