Constant news about the pandemic can feel relentless as we all read the most recent articles filtering into our social media or tune into the daily press updates. Being attentive towards COVID-19 updates is understandable, however, make sure to check in with yourself and acknowledge whether this is causing you heightened anxiety or distress. If so, take a break from watching, reading or listening to news stories. Instead, pick up your favourite novel or watch a comforting TV show for the next few days instead.
Try out some of these free distractions:
Scribd is an online library containing ebooks, audiobooks and magazine articles. This company has made all of its content accessible for free to new users for 30 days!
Monterey Bay Aquarium Live Cam
The Monterey Bay Aquarium has set up ten live cams to allow users to experience the aquarium from the comfort of their living rooms. Take a break from reading the news to watch a live stream of penguins, otters, jellyfish or even sharks.
Streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Crave, Disney+ and AppleTV all have free week-long trials for new users. Get through the next five weeks by trialling one service per week.
Museums around the world have opened their virtual doors to the public with free tours of many different exhibits. Here are just a few to check out:
The Louvre in Paris, France
The British Museum in London, England
The Guggenheim in New York, New York
National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
Musée d’Orsay in Paris, France
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, South Korea
Google Arts & Culture Website
This site features content from over 2,000 leading museums that have partnered with Google.
Google Street View
Step inside museums or art galleries all over the world, go behind the scenes of all different kinds of sporting events, or take a virtual tour of 11 different iconic views from the top of some of the world’s highest buildings.
360 Degree Videos
Ever wonder how astronauts go to the bathroom in space? Take a tour through a space shuttle in a 360 degree video by the National Air and Space museum to have all your questions answered.