8 (Digital) Things To Do While Stuck At Home

A lake with a ring of ripples against mountains in a purple wash
The Social Stylate team wants to take a moment to send our love and support to our clients and community. Things might be anything but normal right now, but as Fred Rogers said, “Look for the helpers.” There are so many people out there who are generously offering their skills and services virtually while we’re spending time at home. Whether it’s a tour of a museum, free meditation classes, or access to Broadway shows, people and companies are really stepping up to help one another during this time of social distancing.

Take a look at some of our favorites right now!

Go to a concert
The Metropolitan Opera is streaming opera performances each evening, look for your favorite artists to see if they’ve released anything new, and check in with Gal Gadot for some star-studded karaoke, no balcony necessary!

Meditation at your fingertips
Take a deep breath in, deep breath out, and download the Calm app for a few free meditation sessions. For when you need a minute or 30 to decompress and realign your perspective and priorities.

Visit a museum
Many museums are offering free virtual tours of their collections right now. Take a slow walk through the Smithsonian, The British Museum, and Van Gogh Museum. For a comprehensive resource of works around the world, check out Google Arts & Culture!

For the audio-lovers
The Social Stylate squad loves a good podcast! They’re so easy to fit into your day, whatever you’re doing, and have such a wide variety of topics. Take a look at our Squad Highlights on Instagram, there’s something for everyone!

Storytelling
Celebrities are reading children’s storybooks via Storyline Online and #savewithstories!. Both sites are great resources for children to listen to books being read aloud by some of your favorite actors!

Head to Broadway
Broadway shows are available for viewing without the crowds, without the traffic, and in the comfort of your own home. Channel your inner stage personality and brush up on all the shows you’ve been missing!

Go for a dip in the ocean
Check out aquariums around the country for live webcams and a behind-the-scenes look at all things under the sea. Don’t forget to visit the Shedd Aquarium on Twitter for the latest in their penguin escapades, as they let penguins explore the aquarium to keep them (and us!) engaged, entertained, and curious.

Keep following your favorite brands and blogs
Social media can be a healthy way to stay connected to each other during this time of social distancing. Our content creator, Sarahanne Alexander, writes her own blog and on the latest post is talking about what’s been helping her, while she continues to share photos of her town. Make sure to check in with each other often. Sending positive messages and beautiful images can brighten people’s day!

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International Women’s Day

International Women's Day 2020

Today is International Women’s Day and we’re celebrating by talking about women who have moved us with their work, drive, and passion. Social Stylate is a female-founded company with an all-female team, so you can imagine that representation in the workplace and support of one another is an important part of our day-to-day. There are women all over who have changed the world and who continue to change our future. Here are a few who have inspired us along the way.

Carroll’s pick: Amelia Earhart
“Amelia Earhart once said, ‘Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.’ She was a force to be reckoned with.”

Jessica’s pick: Malala Yousafzai
“She has fought and continues to fight for girl’s education. Malala strives to impact the world cultivating change for girls to learn and lead.”

Kelly’s pick: Brene Brown
“She has been a culture changer in the field of mental health.”

Kathleen’s pick: Greta Thunberg
“I really admire her courage to stand up for what she believes in, and she is such a good example of the positive impact just one person can have. She’s inspiring her generation (and frankly, every generation!) to care about the climate crisis and be politically active at a young age. I think it’s really impressive how she’s been able to communicate the urgency of climate change — for years so many have been warning us but she has broken through and is making more people get it, on a global scale.”

Carly’s pick: Malala Yousafzai
“She fights for the education and rights of women and girls. As the mother of two girls, I couldn’t ask for a better role model.”

Lauren’s pick: Jane Fonda
“Never one to shy away from speaking her mind, Jane Fonda is a powerhouse woman who gets up, shows up, and stands up for what she believes in. I love it.”

Sabs’ pick: Amelia Earhart
“She was brave, adventurous, determined, and she was doing something very few women were able to do at the time. It’s women like her who show little girls that they can truly do anything they put their mind to.”

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Stand With Presence

This past weekend I took a walk along the Brandywine River to see the fall foliage. I was inspired by the new garden sculpture installation at Somerville Manning Gallery – especially Stand With Presence by Vicki Vinton.

The reaction to the sculpture was immediate and powerful.  Vinton’s inspiration for Stand With Presence was simple: a friend of hers was experiencing writer’s block and, in her true artist form, Vicki drew a red figure and sent it to her friend with a note – dig deep.

Stand With Presence by Vicki Vinton - Social Stylate

“Current events are just old events dressed up in today’s fashion. The process of creating whether it be painting or sculpting must hold in it some sort of history. Simply the passing of time or a nod to events that have gone before.” says Vinton.

This is a pivotal time for women.  Women of all ages are rising up, speaking out, and making themselves heard as never before. Stand With Presence is a symbol of courage, and beauty –a reminder to keep your beliefs in yourself strong. A reminder that we have the answers if we take time to be present.

Over the past few years, we have seen the power of storytelling play out in one of the largest stages for women. Storytelling is rooted in our culture and has been proven to be one of the most effective ways to share who you are with the world while also providing the power to find our inner strength.

Stand With Presence invites women of all ages to share their stories and bring their strongest selves to their biggest challenges. Raising two boys on my own for the past ten years and starting a business has been my greatest gift, and has given me strength and courage. Your story can transform your life, change the lives of others, your story can change the world.

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Carroll Ivy and her friend, Cindy Pettinaro Wilkinson, pose with the Stand With Presence statue.

Follow along: #StandWithPresence @standwithpresence @smg_gallery

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For over thirty-five years the Somerville Manning Gallery has introduced current art trends into an area already steeped in a rich art tradition, mounting exhibitions that relate to this cultural heritage both past and present. Recognized as experts on N.C. Wyeth and his family, Somerville Manning Gallery has created multiple exhibitions on N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, and Jamie Wyeth. Also represented are the Wyeth women, daughters of N.C. Wyeth, Henriette Wyeth Hurd, Carolyn Wyeth, and Ann Wyeth McCoy.

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A Mindful Meditation for Parents: Coping with This Chaotic World

Looking to help their kids navigate the pressures of social media — without pulling the plug on the positives we spoke to Dr. Michelle Maidenberg who maintains a private practice in Harrison, NY, and is the president and clinical director of Thru My Eyes Foundation. She is an adjunct graduate professor of Mindfulness at the Silver School of Social Work at New York University and author of Free Your Child From Overeating.

Is social media really the cause of all this anxiety? It’s complicated. Recent studies have noted a significant uptick in depression and suicidal thoughts over the past several years for teens, especially those who spend multiple hours a day using screens.

Twenge’s research found that teens who spend five or more hours per day on their devices are 71 percent more likely to have one risk factor for suicide. And that’s regardless of the content consumed. Whether teens are watching cat videos or looking at something more serious, the amount of screen time — not the specific content — goes hand in hand with the higher instances of depression.

A Mindful Meditation for Parents: Coping with This Chaotic World

I have read articles recently describing how we are becoming immune to all the chaos. Although coping by way of cutting off my feelings could come in handy right about now, I’m finding it impossible to ignore or distract from them. Just as an atrocity passes, it seems like another follows soon afterwards. In the past several weeks our news has been flooded with attempted terrorist attacks, mass murders, hate crimes, raging forest fires, among other things. I find myself and my patients relying on a combination of coping skills including ignoring, distracting, or being dismissive of our feelings. Along with feeling profoundly saddened and mournful, and becoming considerably anxious about the possibility of these atrocities directly impacting us, our families and those we know and love. Read more.

Have a mindful and Happy New Year. Guided Meditation For Mindful Parenting (click to listen). Sit comfortably and gently close your eyes. Mindful Meditation

Dr Michelle Maidenberg

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