Finding Joy & Relieving Stress

Hi friends, how are you all doing? Whether you’re essential (THANK YOU!) or non-essential (THANK YOU for staying home!), we’re all trying to adapt to this new way of life. We’ve put together a few ideas for staying sane at home, some words of wisdom from local experts, and we report back on what you, our Unlocking friends, are doing to cope!

Virtual classes from local businesses we’re ❤️ing

Revv Fitness is keeping us moving – follow their Facebook for live classes.

Reis Learning Center is teaching us sign language ✌️ – follow their FB for live classes.

Reis Learning Center

Valley Spirit is keeping us stretched and grounded – they have Zoom classes here.

West Hartford non-profit retreat Copper Beech Institute offers guided meditation online every day at 12:30 PM.

Virtual tours and other things to keep you entertained

Tour the Mark Twain House

Learn cooking techniques from the pro himself, Jacques Pépin

Check out this Scavenger hunt for all ages from Westport Moms Quarantine Scavenger Hunt!!

Keep the kids entertained! CT Science Center teaches how to make your own playdough.

Escape with a good book. Looking for something great to read? Join the Brookfield Library Book Club.

Words of wisdom from the coaches

Read Westport-based Betsi Iris Mufson‘s (Psychotherapist|Coach|Writer) 5-minute technique to ease emotional overload. She also suggests:

  • Exercise – take 10-minute walks, try a new workout or a hula hoop!
  • Create – paint, write in a journal, make homemade pizzas, plant flower bulbs!
  • Nurture your spirit – escape to your room, light a candle, read, stretch, take a bath, or take a 10-minute nap.

Online mindset coach Jayme Shiarla is giving us tons of encouragement and good advice on her Instagram account and through her website.

How we’re stopping ourselves from going ?

Essential local online retail therapy – Fashion: @kimberlyboutique (free shipping) Chocolate: Thorncrest Chocolate (reduced shipping) Candles: Little Bee of CT Cosmetics: @lulufaceco Eye-candy: @onyxjewelers

Planting seeds indoors for the best victory garden ever! Here’s some advice from UCONN.

Home renovations!

Getting in a workout every day. Either 10k steps or one of a zillion online workouts available (see above!).

Cleaning jewelry we’ve never had time to clean.

Staying connected with YOU on our IG and Facebook – talk to us!

Tips from our Instagram fam: What y’all are up to!

“Helping people enjoy their homes with virtual design meetings.” @mollyhirschinteriors

“Watching stand up on Netflix because I’m still working and need a good laugh!” @danielledella

“Making homemade chicken stock and mini pot pies for family and friends.” @frontporchcharcuterie

“Helping others by sharing energy work gratis to support anyone who’s feeling the stress.” @zenzuac

“House reno and yard cleaning.” @not.enough.thyme

“I’m continuing to make art!” @smallcupdesigns

“Getting outside for walks every day with my grumpy 11-year-old son.” @phylliskurt1

“Into the garden! Hands in the dirt feels great.” @olleycourt

“FaceTime with my grandkids and walking in my neighborhood.” @kathleenmthomas

“Painting.” @sundance_kid1

“Connecting by Facetime and texting with family and friends.” @healthymethodswellness

“Take control of something, start a project – organize – help someone else – no news on FB.” @cozy_little_cape

“Baking…btw, I hated baking before this.” @caterina_ab

And lastly…?

Head to our YouTube account for a giggle binge.

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