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Keeping Sane While

Sheltering in Place

Ideas to keep busy and stay positive

1. Be Social 

2. Explore Arts & Culture 

3. Write a Letter

4. Read Something New 

5. Watch Something New 

6. Take a Trip on the Internet 

7. Explore Your Creativity             

8. Learn a New Skill

9. Try a New Recipe

10. Volunteer

11. Practice Relaxation

12. Be Active

13. Stay Healthy

14. Ask for Help

Provided by FL Lawyers Assistance in cooperation with IN Judges and Lawyers Assistance (“JLAP”)
Created by Jennifer Bays Beinart, an attorney in Denver, CO and volunteer for the IN JLAP.

PLEASE NOTE: The attached list of suggestions is just a tiny sample of the resources that are immediately available to you— for a comprehensive list of resources, see our posting at

Being Social— in 2020, you can play a board game or card game with friends from around the globe or just down the street. Consider tabletop simulators online, or video gaming . . .

Facebook Instant Games:

Playing Cards:

*Video games- Most gaming platforms have multiplayer options, or you can host a watch party.


Exploring Arts & Culture

Broadway At Home—Check out 15 Broadway Plays & Musicals you can watch at home.



Writing a Letter

Write to a senior citizen.

You can also write to strangers or participate in a worldwide postcard exchange via . . .


Reading Something New through your library’s digital resources . . .

Use your Library’s digital resources. Many use the Libby App or Overdrive for digital books, audiobooks, and more. Some have magazines you can digitally checkout, and even movies.

IF you need inspiration for learning more about a variety of quirky topics, check out:

All That’s Interesting: ; Curiosity: ;

Mental Floss: ; Mix:


Watching Something New- Relax with an animal video at a favorite zoo . . .

Atlanta Zoo Panda Cam:

National Zoo:

San Diego Zoo:


Taking a trip on the Internet- with a virtual tour of a national park . . . visit:


Cape Cod Seashore:



OR go to SPACE with NASA at


Exploring Your Creativity- think “out of the box” when deciding on your favorite medium.

Artistic exercises are both relaxing and creative—ie, THERAPEUTIC.

Coloring? Try The New York Academy of Medicine Color our Collection featuring 117 different participating Institutions.

Take a Free Art Lesson Daily at

Or look to home design on Remodelaholic:

Learning a New Skill- and getting lost in learning with both free or for-pay courses.

Class Central: ; edX: ;

Khan Academy: ; ; SkillShare:


Trying a New Recipe- with your favorite Professional Chefs. Network App.


Volunteering- even while sheltering in place, you can volunteer to transcribe records for the Smithsonian at

Donate Blood. OR


Practicing Relaxation- through a mediation or mindfulness app on your phone or computer, either free or paid. Mindwell (iOS/Android):

The Breathing App (iOS/Android); Calm (iOS/Android): ;

Declutter the Mind (iOS/Android): ;

FitMind (iOS): ; 

Learn how to Meditate with the NYT’s Guide to Mediation.


Being Physically Active- with a fitness class right in your living room. Here are a few to get you started: Blogilates: ;

Fitness Blender:

PopSugar Fitness:

CorePower Yoga:


Staying Healthy- with the simple measures outlined by the CDC; visit

Wash your hands; Clean your cellphone; Cellphone; Disinfect your home; Create an Action Plan


Asking for Help- if you are or someone you know is struggling,


Toll Free FLA Hotline—100% CONFIDENTIAL—(800)282-8981

CDC— Advice on coping with trauma or disaster.

SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE: ; Phone: 1-800-273-8255

Note: “988” is NOT CURRENTLY Active




Everyone experiences fear, pain, and grief – but none of us needs to go through it alone!

FLA Update on Coronavirus

The COVID-19 pandemic has sadly gained a strong foothold in Florida. As of Wednesday April 1, 2020, a statewide stay-at-home order has been put in place. Florida Lawyers Assistance recognizes the fear and uncertainty this virus has stirred in many of us along with the disruption of our daily routines. Keeping in line with our 35+ year commitment to the Florida legal community, Florida Lawyers Assistance is offering free, confidential online support groups.

These groups will be facilitated by FLA’s Clinical Director Dr. Scott Weinstein to address the many emotional and psychological issues associated with the challenges (both anticipated and unexpected) of being socially responsible as we contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus.


FLA is dedicated to being a valued resource to the Florida legal community and will be there throughout and after this difficult time.  Stay safe.


Dr. Weinstein invites you to join a RingCentral Meeting every Wednesday from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Topic: How the Covid-19 Pandemic has Impacted the Florida Legal Community


Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:


Or iPhone one-tap :

    US: +1(623)4049000,,1497741008# (US West)

           +1(720)9027700,,1497741008# (US Central)

           +1(773)2319226,,1497741008# (US North)

           +1(469)4450100,,1497741008# (US South)

           +1(470)8692200,,1497741008# (US East)

Or Telephone:

    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

    US: +1(623)4049000 (US West)

           +1(720)9027700 (US Central)

           +1(773)2319226 (US North)

           +1(469)4450100 (US South)

           +1(470)8692200 (US East)

    Meeting ID: 149 774 1008

    International numbers available:

FLA is dedicated to being a valued resource to the Florida legal community and will be there throughout and after this difficult time.  Stay safe.

12 step groups have temporarily ceased meeting in person and want to make sure that you have resources about online groups.  Please see the links below along with the attached updated list of AA meetings that are running around the clock.



Please know that we will all continue to be available to you through the FLA switchboard (just follow the prompts and enter an extension number), or on our cellphones.    Judy 954-646-8169;  Molly 305-788-9359;  Scott 954-818-0888;  Dawn 305-753-2181; John 573-239-4728.


Most importantly, we just want everyone to stay safe and not experience any additional stress during these uncertain times.  We are here to support you and will be available anytime you may need us.  Please do not hesitate to call at any time!

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