Shelter-In-Peace: Free Resources to Relax the Mind

June 29th, 2020

As many of us enter our third or fourth week of self-quarantine, we might be feeling restless, irritable or alone. This is perfectly normal; many of us at BPG are feeling the same. 

Some of us feel it’s important to stay “productive” during self-quarantine, some of us don’t, and that’s ok.

We’re here to remind you that your mental health matters, and to be kind to yourself during these tough times.

Thanks to modern technology and global connectivity, there are a wide variety of free resources to keep our body and mind active and nourished.

From classes to coloring books, we have a few ideas on how to uplift your mental health during self-isolation. Of course, cannabis complements all of them 🙂

 

Transport Your Mind

Regular news consumption today can be exhausting. Take a break from the daily grind and stimulate your mind with new ideas and adventures.

Books 

The beauty of reading is that a book can take you anywhere. Books aren’t limited by quarantines or social distancing or the laws of science.

The Open Library, Manybooks, and Gutenburg host hundreds of thousands of books online for free, so you can divert yourself to another dimension or dive into a new discipline.

Magazines 

Magazines are great for keeping up with changing trends, increasing your knowledge in a niche area, passing time without wasting it, and reducing stress.

If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you have access to magazines and books through Prime Reading. Magzter and Magatopia also offer free articles online. 

Podcasts

Podcasts pass the time while engaging your mind. Listen while you do chores, catch up on the news that matters, or ease yourself to sleep (we really like Sleep With Me).

There are so many topics to choose from, including the 15 Best Cannabis Podcasts, available for free on producers websites or on streaming services like Apple and Spotify.

 

Let Your Creativity Flow

 

Give your brain a break and create beautiful art. Highly recommended with the mindful use of cannabis!

Coloring Books

Let your creativity run wild with a coloring book. They can be focused, therapeutic, relaxing, calming, problem-solving, and organizational.

You can order adult coloring books online, use this free tool to create beautiful images on your screen, or keep calm and color with BPG by downloading this free coloring page. Share yours with us on social media #CannabisForGood #BPGFamily!

Painting

Just like adult coloring books, paint by numbers has been scientifically proven to reduce anxiety, create focus, and promote mindfulness. 

We like My Paint By Numbers because they offer discounts, ship quickly, and you can earn money every time a friend makes a purchase.

Puzzles

Solving puzzles helps reinforce existing connections between our brain cells and increases the generation of new relationships. This, in turn, improves mental speed and thought processes. 

Jigsaw puzzles are especially good for improving short-term memory. Order one online or use Jigsaw Explorer to solve puzzles on your screen for free.

 

Stretch Those Muscles

 

You might be feeling achy, tired, and confined. Simple, relaxing stretching with yoga can help ease both soreness and anxiety. 

A Yin/Restorative class can help you wind down at the end of the day. If you’re an avid yogi, you might want to break a morning sweat with Pilates or Cardio. 

Oakland’s Sangha Yoga is offering free live streams of all their classes on Facebook and Instagram

If you feel so inclined, you can support them by making a donation.

 

Learn Something New

Challenging yourself to learn more about something you’re interested in can keep your mind sharp and make you feel empowered.

You might even deem yourself an Ivy League expert by enrolling in a free online course from Harvard, Yale, or Cornell. Coursera offers the biggest library of courses, so you can prepare for your dream job or gain a new life skill.

We like The Science of Well-Being, which deconstructs the misconceptions about happiness, annoying features of the mind that lead us to think the way we do, and the research that can help us change.

If you are seeking something more hands-on, try Learn from a Chef, which allows you to learn a new cooking skill while supporting chefs affected by restaurant closures.

 

Ask Yourself, Does It Spark Joy?

Now is a great time to destress and declutter, tackling the daunting task of spring cleaning one day at a time.

A simple way to begin to make your home a haven is to make a list of everything you want to organize or clean. Knock off one item per day, or several if you’re feeling inspired. 
Drawers, closets, and cabinets are a great place to start, focusing on clearing out any items you haven’t used in over a year.

Feeling uninspired? Watch Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix, then combine cannabis with your favorite music and take the first step.

 

Still feeling anxious? Bailey Rahn’s guide, How to Use Cannabis for Anxiety, is a comprehensive resource with information on dosing, strains, research, and drug interactions.

After reading the guide, search for products on our website with the terms “sleep,” “calm,” “relax,” and “beginner.”

We continue to serve the community with curbside pickup and delivery to ensure you have safe access to plant medicine during this time.

We will beat this epidemic. Stay safe, remain positive, and happy sheltering from your buds at BPG 💚