13 free services to use while social distancing, from Headspace to Happiness Planner
With everything that’s been going on with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it might feel like things are looking bleak. Not only can staying indoors all day and not interacting with loved ones really take a toll on our mental health, but it can be hard to find things to do while social distancing.
Luckily, many companies across the country have been creating free resources to help people who may be out of a job, are unable to visit their therapist or doctor, or simply need a mental health break. If you’re in any of those categories, scroll below to find a list of all the free services you can use during your stay-at-home period.
13 services that are free to use during social distancing:
Your friendly neighborhood meditation app, Headspace, has created a collection of meditation, sleep, and movement exercises for you to use during the coronavirus pandemic. And if you’re a healthcare professional, you can use Headspace Plus completely for free. You can find all the information here.
The #1 meditation app in the world has gathered a list of meditation and sleep resources for people to use. Go to its website, where you’ll find calm music, sleep stories, and journals for mindfulness.
3 Down Dog Yoga
Just because fitness classes have been cancelled, possibly for the next couple of months, doesn’t mean you can’t get your yoga on. Down Dog Yoga has made its app completely free to use. Download it here and move your body.
4 CorePower Yoga
CorePower Yoga is also providing a special selection of classes to choose from during this unfortunate time until it (potentially) re-opens its studios on March 30th. The offerings range from five-minute meditations to hour-long workout classes. Click here for the full list.
Health and wellness website mindbodygreen is making its highly reputable classes available for free and also providing free Community Classes, which are a “series of segments with well-being experts.” The first one is Reiki Healing 101. Continue to check the site’s Instagram to find out when more classes will be happening.
Goop is now holding “office hours” for its community. This series will occur every night at 6 p.m. PST/9 p.m. EST. According to its Instagram account, the series will be covering “topics (anxiety, simple recipes, breathwork, etc.) with our experts.” Tune in to get your nightly dose of Goop.
7 Parsley Health
If you’re in need of a medical doctor for whatever reason, you can use Parsley Health. For the first month, the company is providing its services for free, which include “actively screening for COVID-19, understanding pre-existing risks, and managing prescriptions.” Sign up here.
8 NYC Well
If you live in New York, you can connect with mental health or substance abuse services for free. Click here to find out more information.
9 The Happiness Planner
Until the end of the month, The Happiness Planner is providing two free printable journals and self-care pages that you can use to reflect and practice gratitude. From journaling about resilience to counting your blessings, here’s the full list of things you can print for free.
From now on, delivery is free for people who are in need of fresh salads. But that’s not all. If you’re a healthcare professional, you can receive Sweetgreen dishes on the house, as long as you live in the DC area, Philadelphia, Boston, New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, or Houston. Click here for full details.
We shouldn’t have to worry about keeping the lights or internet on when we’re in the middle of a pandemic. Comcast has announced that it will be “offering free unlimited data, opening national Xfinity WiFi for free, waiving late fees, and helping low-income families in need.” To find out more, click here.
AT&T has announced its “Keeping Americans Connected Pledge.” For the next 60 days, the company will not terminate wireless, home phone, or broadband services. It will waive any late fees and keep its WiFi hotspots open. To find out more info, click here.
If you’re a freelancer or creative who uses Adobe services, and if your work has been affected by the coronavirus, Adobe is providing you with assistance by offering two months free once you cancel your plan. Head to Adobe to find out more.
As information about the coronavirus pandemic rapidly changes, HelloGiggles is committed to providing accurate and helpful coverage to our readers. As such, some of the information in this story may have changed after publication. For the latest on COVID-19, we encourage you to use online resources from CDC, WHO, and local public health departments, and visit our coronavirus hub.