Our health and the health of our family, neighbors and friends is tied to the health and safety of every person on the globe. As our families, communities and country take measures to ensure our health and safety during this pandemic, our daily routines and lifestyles are being impacted. It is up to us to determine how we choose to react to those changes. Let’s stay positive and engaged by practicing good citizenship, by staying connected and by staying informed and talking to each other even as we limit our movements and social contact.
Check out Define American’s 19 ways to stay positive and engaged below:
Ways to shift the narrative and have conversations
- Share stories of our communities coming together so that we drown out narratives that are fear-driven or based in xenophobia.
- Uplift positive stories on your social media accounts. Make sure to tag us @DefineAmerican so we can lift them up on our social media channels.
Ways to practice citizenship
- #StandUpBeCounted: Commit to completing the census. Fill out your census form online by May. Let’s shape our future and define American.
- Check your voter registration status if you are able to vote. If you are not registered, or need to update your registration, register to vote! Ask your friends and family to do the same.
- Vote by mail.
- Take time to educate yourself about the issues and candidates, both locally and nationally.
- Check on your neighbors, especially the elderly, to see how you can assist them.
Ways to stay culturally engaged
- Catch up on all the TV shows that Define American works on: Superstore, Roswell, New Mexico, Party of Five, Grey’s Anatomy.
- Tour one of these 12 museums from home, tour the aquarium, or take a virtual walk.
- Attend an online concert.
- Learn something new. Take a crash course. Many online educational resources are offering free courses and many newspapers are taking down their paywalls. Log on and see what’s out there.
- Immerse yourself in arts and culture by doing virtual tours of famous landmarks, famous paintings and travelling through time.
Ways to stay active and practice self care
- Kondo your place. Declutter. Organize. Repeat.
- Work out at home! Find an intense exercise video online or just do sit-ups and push-ups.
- Go outside: Make sure to avoid crowds and keep a safe distance from others, but if you can find a nearby park or hiking area, get away for a bit. Your body and mind will thank you.
Ways to stay connected (while practicing social distancing)
- Host a virtual book club through your favorite video chat software.
- Host a virtual film screening of and dialogue on Define American productions, such as White People and our videos.
- “Dine together” online. Invite your friends to a BYOF (bring your own food) virtual dinner via video chat.
- Call a friend or a loved one and catch up. Life can get busy. Let’s use this time to connect with those we love the most.
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