I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to step back from 24 hour roller coaster of Corona Virus News. Not that I don’t understand the significance and the scale of this thing. But my brain and my emotions need a break. I need a distraction—Do you need a distraction too? Music? Learn? Read on. I’ve distractions a plenty.
Up Beat Sing-Along
Long time readers know I love music. It’s my go-to stress reliever. Here are four songs and lyrics that will lift your spirits. Belt it out. You’ll feel better.
Que Sera Sera—Doris Day
Uptown Funk—Bruno Mars
Bob Marley – Don’t Worry, Be Happy
Mary Poppins (1964) – “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”
Your family won’t let you sing out loud? Sic these ear worms on them. You’ll all be singing.
Witch Doctor – Ooh Eeh Ooh Ah Aah Ting Tang Walla Walla Bing—David Seville
Call me Maybe—Carly Rae Jepsen
Living La Vida Loca—Ricky Martin
Shake It Off—Taylor Swift
Banana Boat Song–Harry Bellefonte
For those of you who want to laugh at the Corona virus, here are four parodies that I thought you might enjoy.
Do Not Go (“Let It Go” Corona Parody)
Hands washing Hands — Neil Diamond
Put a Mask On Your Face—Benny Benack III
My Corona—Chris Mann
Perhaps music is just noise to you. But you need a distraction still, don’t you? Try listening to these stories.
The Winds of Harmattan—LeVar Burton
Three Science Fiction Stories by Fritz Leiber—Librivox
Or check out my one of my story time reviews that link to stories read aloud. Try the one about a Japanese Fairy Tale or Operation Haystack.
Check out my Pinterest Boards. Of course, I’m not the only one there. Search for your favorite author or artist or topic.
Here are some quotes that may help soothe anxiety and stress.
Don’t forget to check out TED Talks for topics you’re interested in.
And you don’t have to go online. What about that jigsaw puzzle in the bottom of your closet? Play a game of Old Maid or work a book of crossword puzzles.
The Need for Distraction
In uncertain times being frightened, anxious, or just plain emotional is normal. But it’s also exhausting. Take care of yourselves. Give yourself permission to do something fun or silly or creative. You need a distraction or two or three… I need some too. What have you found that helps you?