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Adult Toolkit for Sheltering In Place

As many people are currently sheltering in place, here are a few things we hope will be helpful, entertaining, or educational during this time.

This list is by no means comprehensive and will continue to be updated over the next several weeks. If there is any thing you would like to see on this page, please contact us and let us know!

Smile Resources

@cuteemergency offers adorable photos and videos of critters for when you need to smile. Watch animals in real time at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, San Diego Zoo, or Houston Zoo. Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens are doing Facebook Live Feeds of animals at 3pm, including the famous Fiona the Hippo.

Take a virtual tour of Machu Picchu, museums throughout the world, explore the history of Harry Potter and magic, and more with Google Arts and Culture.

Explore NASA Space Center Houston 

Watch a performance from the Kennedy Center Digital Stage– everyone from John Legend, to Sting, to the National Symphony Orchestra have performances available.

Fred Rogers reminds us to “always look for the helpers” or explore more interviews from your favorite television stars on the Television Academy Foundation website.

This year, the National Recording Registry at Library of Congress inducted  songs from Tina Turner, Dr. Dre, Selena, Fiddler on the Roof, and many more. Explore what is being preserved for future generations.

Making Sense of Things

The world has changed a lot in the last few weeks. Here are a few resources that may help make sense of feelings that may arise during this time.

Harvard Business Review talks with David Kessler about grief and offers insight on how that relates to COVID-19. Kessler is also offering a free, pop-up Facebook group during the pandemic.

The article “We’re Just Not Built for This (and It’s Fine to Admit That)” by Damon Young examines how everything about what is happening is new right now.

Psychology Today explores how “it is ok to feel overwhelmed and be unproductive” during this time.

The Third Annual UnLonely Film Festival presents over 35 short films “that will inspire, enlighten, elevate, and inform you.” The goal of the festival is to provided a sense of  “connectedness.”

The NAMI COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide  answers frequently asked questions regarding the intersection between Coronavirus, or COVID-19, and people affected by mental illness, their caregivers and loved ones. The guide features FAQs on a variety of topics from managing anxiety and social isolation to accessing health care and medications.

Age of Central Texas compiled a resource list for older adults and caregivers, including a list of caregiver support.

Visual of things within and without of an individuals control

Mental Health Resources

If you need mental health assistance during this time, please contact a local provider. Many of the remote options do require internet access, although some are available by phone. Please consult with the provider to determine potential costs for services.

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission have launched a hotline for Texans experiencing anxiety, stress or emotional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line is available 24/7, free at 833-986-1919.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available via chat or  1-800-273-8255. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357), or TTY: 1-800-487-4889 is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

The NAMI COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide answers frequently asked questions regarding the intersection between Coronavirus, or COVID-19, and people affected by mental illness, their caregivers and loved ones. The guide features FAQs on a variety of topics from managing anxiety and social isolation to accessing health care and medications.

Bluebonnet Trails Community Services is our local mental health authority and offers a wide variety of mental health resources for adolescents and adults.

Lonestar Circle of Care employs a wide range of mental health professionals, they are working on expanding their tele-health services.

Samaritan Center offers a variety of services, including tele-mental health services.

The Christi Center offers grief counseling, and began offering online groups in the beginning of April 2020

Unemployment & Financial Resources

From Texas Workforce Commission: “If your employment has been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19), apply for benefits either online at any time using Unemployment Benefits Services or by calling Texas Workforce Commission’s Tele-Center at 800-939-6631 from 7am-7pm, seven days a week (extended hours).”  According to their website, the tele-center is experiencing a high volume of calls, so they are encouraging people to file online. 

Lost Employer Provided Healthcare? Check on Healthcare.gov,click “See if I Can Enroll” and it will prompt you with questions to determine different eligibility.

Goodwill of Central Texas announced that career advancement and support services will continue to be provided by telephone. If you would like to begin career and support services, please call their Intake Team at 512-637-7580 or email intake@goodwillcentraltexas.org. The Goodwill Excel Center is continuing to provide instruction and support to all high school students, and is still enrolling new students, please call 512-637-7194 or visit excelcenterhighschool.org for more information.

2-1-1 is continuing to operate via phone (2-1-1 or 877-541-7905) and online if you need to search for assistance for a variety of financial and other resources.

Relaxation Ideas

Take a coloring break!

Harvard offers six techniques for relaxation and how to get started.

The United Kingdom’s National Health Service tests different apps for their effectiveness. One app called Cove, allows you to create music based on your mood and keep them as part of a journal.

Glo, normally a subscription based yoga program, is offering several classes for free (scroll to the bottom of the page).

Fitness, Exercise & Physical Health

As with all exercise, please consult your doctor before beginning.

The National Institute of Health offers guidance, videos, and workouts specifically designed for senior adults to stay fit.

The American Council on Exercise, who offers accredited personal training and fitness certifications has a free and searchable library of exercises.

YMCA 360 offers a variety of free fitness videos based on their normally in person class offerings.

Yoga with Adriene is a popular, Austin based YouTube channel that has been recognized by The Wall Street Journal and Google.

Taking a walk or going on a nature scavenger hunt (while maintaining proper social distancing) are always free and fun options.

Meal Planning and Prep

Go to cooking school with Kitchn or Instructables.

USDA offers several videos and tutorials for cooking basics, including a microwave cooking series.

USDA also offers links to a variety of recipes, including cooking for kids, heart healthy, diabetes, slow cooker, healthy food on a budget, and more.

Learn a New Skill

Fender is offering three months free guitar, ukulele, or bass lessons to the first 500,000 who sign up.

The Professional Photographers Association is offering free webinars for a limited time.

Mo Willems is offering lunchtime doodle instructions– for the young and young at heart.

Coursera partners with top universities and professors to offer courses online, many of which are free.

Khan Academy  offers free educational content for subjects such as K-12 but also courses like personal finance, computer animation, and coding.

Games and Brain Activities

Start playing Dungeons & Dragons! Many D&D manuals are available online, and the only equipment needed is dice (or your phone- check the website to see how to get your virtual assistant to roll dice).

Use your non dominant hand for writing and other activities to challenge your brain throughout the day.

Visit Braingle for tons of free online brain puzzles and games.

Have a pack of cards laying around? Bicycle offers game suggestions based on number of players and age, then provides an outline of the rules.

For information related to COVID-19, please consult the City of Georgetown and Williamson County and Cities Health District for local information, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission for state information, and the Center for Disease Control and World Health Foundation for national and global information.



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