Looking for fresh ways to feel inspired? In these uncertain times, it’s easy to start to feel a bit cooped up.
Whether you’re looking for meaningful words of wisdom or a fun way to relax and reconnect with your community, here are a few ways to find motivation when you need it most — and all from the comfort and safety of home:
Find a Motivational Video or Podcast to Share
Looking for someone who knows just the right thing to say? There are hours of inspiring and motivational videos and recordings available for free online, just waiting for you to click play! Here are a few resources and sites to try:
- TED Talks are popular videos highlighting speakers with “ideas worth spreading.” You can find thousands of videos, podcasts, inspiring articles, and more at the official TED site, where you can sort through content by topic or get recommendations sent straight to your inbox.
- Looking for an uplifting podcast to play while you’re working, exercising, or cooking dinner? Inc. has a list of “10 Inspirational Podcasts That Will Make You Better,” and you can find “11 Health and Wellness Podcasts to Help Keep You Calm and Inspired” over at Entrepreneur.
- Want inspiring perspectives on real estate news? We have an ongoing video series in partnership with Inman, where leaders and experts within Baird & Warner share their perspectives on training, culture, technology, and so much more. You can also find great leadership from industry experts on YouTube, where many real estate leaders share new videos each week.
Stay Connected With Friends and Family
Feeling stuck at home? There are all sorts of ways to reach out and stay connected with the most important people in your life, while staying safe. Keep in touch with your friends and neighbors by phone or text, and see if they need assistance or supplies. You can make phone calls to your loved ones here in Chicagoland and around the country, or use a video conferencing app like Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts, or FaceTime.
Want to make the most of your next video chat session?
- Learn how to throw the perfect virtual dinner party or happy hour with this guide from Curbed.
- Good Housekeeping has ten fun ideas for games that will amp up your next virtual hangout.
- Mental Floss offers “11 Tricks for Making Video Chats With Friends More Fun and Immersive.”
Look for Meaningful Quotes
People have been turning to wise words for inspiration and solace for generations. Here are a few places to find a quote or phrase that will help you see things in a new light:
- Embrace the positivity on social media! User embrace hashtags like “#quoteoftheday” or “#quotestoliveby” to share their favorite pieces of advice on Instagram and Twitter.
- Search for a new favorite quote or rediscover an old classic on a site like BrainyQuote, ThinkExist, or Goodreads.
Look for Positive News Stories
It’s easy to get caught up in the endless cycle of news and updates available on TV and across social media. While the news can sometimes feel overwhelming, there are also lots of positive stories to savor — about communities coming together, random acts of kindness, and inspiring ways that people are adapting and making the most of their time at home.
Want to hear more about the good things happening around the world?
- The Chicago Tribune spotlights positive news from around Chicagoland, including “Acts of Kindness in the Age of Coronavirus” and how communities are coming together to virtually volunteer and give back to healthcare workers
- CNN offers “The Good Stuff,” a weekly newsletter that spotlights “everyday heroes, inspiring movements and great things happening right in your backyard.”
- News sources like HuffPost, Today, and the New York Times offer a running list of positive and uplifting stories.
Enjoy Some Local Art and Culture
When you need to hit reset, there are few better ways to recharge than getting lost in a great work of art or exploring a legendary museum. Here are some ways to continue enjoying Chicagoland’s best galleries and cultural institutions from the comfort and safety of home:
- Choose Chicago lists some fun and immersive virtual tours that allow you to experience Chicagoland online.
- Curbed Chicago has a guide to enjoying the Chicago area’s best museums and cultural institutions from home.
- TimeOut has some helpful ideas for experiencing the best of Chicagoland from your couch.
Chicagoland, We’re By Your Side — No Matter What
This is the time to remember what’s truly important — health, family, and the bonds that tie us together. Whether it’s now serving as a school, office, playground, or simply a safe space, our home has never been more important. We know this is as well as anyone. At Baird & Warner, Chicagoland has been our home since 1855.
We are here for you, no matter what. We understand that you still have important real estate decisions to make, and our mission is to make achieving those goals easier. We will continue to provide the most updated information and guide you through this extraordinary time with a calm and steady hand. We know how resilient our Chicagoland community is — and we’re confident we’ll get through this together, stronger than ever.