At this point, I think the Covid-19 restrictions and limits on a majority of our careers is setting in along with fatigue to dealing with it all. Here are some suggestions to beat the Covid blues.
Hit up a classic – a little refresher never hurts
Read for the first time or read again the Yamaha Sound Reinforcement Handbook this book is the first of its kind regarding design and using systems in all types of environments.
For another classic consider the Backstage Handbook: An Illustrated Almanac of Technical Information.
Learn a new hobby
Become a grill master, change the oil on your car, hike up that mountain, or explore a park in your neighborhood you’ve never been in before. I’ve found it’s been fun to explore around my area by geocaching.
Yes, it is ok to just rest. There’s a lot going on and we all react to it differently. It is ok to rest, sleep, watch movies and veg.
Find something to laugh at
Since we’re all randomly browsing the internet more frequently these days, we’re discovering a few more things. I’ve been watching videos from the following folks. They provide a little comedy each week. Dude Dad, The Holderness Family, Charlie Berens
Be it at a social distance location or a zoom call; connect with people you haven’t in a long time. Community is important, keep yours strong and connect with folks on a regular basis.
Try that recipe
That one on your long-lost Pinterest page – I personally recommend this Jack Daniels Boozy Fudge Recipe. The best way to eat your booze too!
Pick up that old hobby
You left behind – Find that old camera again, get that bicycle out of the closet, turn on the sewing machine in the corner. For me, I’ll be picking up my camera again. Normally I’m an avid photographer when I travel, but since that won’t be happening anytime soon it’s time to take more of a local approach.
Find a place to volunteer. A homeless shelter, food pantry, community clean-up crew or even Mentoring with Soundgirls! There are so many options. Volunteering is a great way to give back and feel fulfilled at the same time.
Continue learning your craft
Rock out to some good music
I wish you the best as we continue to move through these times! Share in the comments what you’re doing to stay occupied.
Heather Holm: Based in Saint Paul, MN; Heather has held many positions in the sound, production, and events business. Most recently as a Production Manager serving the Twin Cities area. She holds a BA in Broadcasting and Digital Media Communication and an MS in Organizational Change Leadership. Prior to taking a position with a private production firm, Heather has over seven years of working in higher education dealing with event logistics and production technology and had also been freelancing in the field for several years.