Self Care

These are hard times for all of us. If you think you have the virus please stay in and quarantine and please reach out if you need help! Here are some ideas to take care of yourself, both mentally and physically.

Exercise – Workout apps Obé Fitness, Peloton and P.volve (among others) have free trials that let you stream live and archived workouts from home. When we can get out safely to go to a forest preserve it is a good idea. Don’t want to exercise? At least move around. Many of us are more sedentary these days.

Talk to Friends Virtually or On The Phone – Check in with your family, loved ones, friends, neighbors, and coworkers. It doesn’t have to be a conversation, but a text or email are great! It is easy to feel alone when in quarantine but we are really all in this together. We will get through this together as well.

Decide to Run for Office – Here is Lisle Twp we are looking for a lot of candidates to begin learning now so that they are ready to run in September, which is really just 5 months away. We will be doing another summer candidate training course. Here is a list of all the positions we are seeking. bit.ly/LisleTwp2021

Do Political Activism – Make tangible goals and progress on a topic you care about. Whatever your issue you can use this time to plan progressive actions for short and long term goals. If you are interested in expanding Vote by Mail please email diahewitt@mail.com.

Garden – Enjoy this amazing April to plant and really embrace Spring. These grow bags are going to be take a lot of space in my backyard. amazon.com/dp/B07PGC9XWR/?coliid=IUUXF5W3VNEZ9&colid=2KGS9SPFUDQEY&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it

Learn Something New! – There are so many online continuing education type of courses. Catch up on certifications in your field, expand your skill sets or explore new skill sets. Don’t forget about all the universities that have online certifications or continuing education. College of Dupage and DePaul both have excellent programs locally cod.edu/conted & learning.depaul.edu/eCS/Home.aspx.

Virtual Museum Tours – Virtually tour these 12 historic sites from the couch!
https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours

Host a Watch Party – Host a Netflix Watch Party with friends. Watch a movie together and simultaneously chat away. Not sure how to do it? This article has all the info: https://bit.ly/33EG4t3 The streaming platform BroadwayHD offers a seven-day free trial, so theater fans can watch musicals like “Kinky Boots” and “Cats” and plays including “King Lear” and “A Doll’s House” from their couches. Performances range from Broadway productions to shows from London’s West End to regional offerings from American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.
https://www.broadwayhd.com/. Andrew Lloyd Weber has a new show for free every week: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnVSzQ6rME82AzW1ctGcO_g

Get help if you need it! National Alliance on Mental Illness locally has whole lot to offer. http://namidupage.org/programs-and-services/