As the COVID pandemic and stay-at-home continue for many and racial tensions pull at our hearts, the natural impulse is to ask “How can I help?”   Whether that means sewing masks, shopping for elderly neighbors, donating to food pantries or extending care and support to friends, we can only maintain effectiveness if we take care of ourselves along the way,  I asked my fellow board members in a large non-profit what they do to maintain their emotional equilibrium.  Here are some of the ideas they shared.

ZOOM-ing – way better than phone calls for staying connected

Daily gratitude journal (solo or as a family)

Walking the dog/  Walking without the dog

Walking at Home (YouTube – Leslie Sansone)

Satisfaction of giving back (masks/meals/diapers/etc)

Writing supportive notes & cards to friends

Attending virtual religious services (home congregation and others too)

Soaky baths, especially with Dead Sea salts

Foot lotion and cozy socks

Tidying up/closet clearing/etc. (reportedly balances cortisol, minimizing stress)

Watching uplifting TV programming, including:

Beloved (Michele Obama)                                   The Last Dance (Michael Jordan)

Mrs. America (ERA)                           The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

Inspirational reading, including  –

Man’s Search for Meaning – Frankel

A Paradise Built in Hell – Solnit

Yoga/ Meditation

Butterfly hugs (

Growing things – esp. hydroponic herbs/veggies (AeroGardens)

“Traveling” by cooking international foods

Crafting – sewing/knitting/quilting/drawing/baking

Adult coloring books

What ideas would you add to this list?

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About Nancy Nix Rice

I help other women feel confident about how they look every day - regardless of their age, budget, lifestyle or the size tag in their pants - so they put wardrobe concerns on the back burner and go share their gifts with the world.


  1. Patricia J Clements on June 13, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    Here is another Netflix gem: “Midnight Diner”.

  2. Robyn on June 26, 2020 at 8:33 pm

    Sending post cards in the mail to students, family members and friends with a sweet message. Something like, “I was just thinking about how glad I am that you are
    In my life.” Or “Thanks for making the world a better place” Everyone lives to get something fun in the mail! 😀

    • Nancy Nix Rice on June 27, 2020 at 7:08 am

      Great idea. I know my own mailbox had been pretty boring lately, but I hadn’t thought about little notes to others.

  3. Sherry on July 4, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    I have used this time to label old family photos and send copies on to family members. I also have collated ancestral information and have created genealogy notebooks of family ancestors as Christmas gifts to give later this year to the grandkids . They may not appreciate them now, but hopefully they shall in years down the road .

    • Nancy Nix Rice on July 5, 2020 at 3:44 pm

      What a lovely plan. I know it will be greatly appreciated!

  4. Joan Shriver on July 4, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    I’m crazy for making “mug rugs” on my embroidery machine so have been making and sending them to friends who have health concerns or just ones I’ve missed seeing. I get the designs from Oma’s Place.

    • Nancy Nix Rice on July 5, 2020 at 3:31 pm

      Wow – even better than sending cards. Lucky friends you have!

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