The Village – Tips from our “Village” (ICL Community)

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As a follow up to our previous blog post The Village – Resources and Tips for during Social Distancing, we’re posting some more tips from our village, the ICL community. 

Your connection with God

  • Spend some time in stillness and solitude
  • Take a walk in nature
  • If you don’t know what to pray, just show up 
  • Stand outside at night and look at the stars, maybe use that view to connect with the Lord
  • Take a walk by water: listen and pray
  • Spend some time reading your bible: maybe follow a plan from YouVersion. They have plans for children as well.
  • Use the Pause app to unburden your heart and refill with His spirit
  • Listen to messages on YouTube that encourage spiritual growth
  • Listen to praise and worship music on YouTube

Your connection with others

  • Coffee time after church
  • Drop ins on Wednesdays
  • Connect Groups
  • Use video calling * to
    • Read together
    • Play board games together
    • Play online games together

* using Zoom, Skype, Jitsi (you don’t need an account to use Jitsi), Google Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Signal…

  • Call others to encourage them
  • Send cards to essential workers
  • Get groceries for others
  • Cook a meal and bring it to someone who is living alone
  • Help families with children do schoolwork
  • Allow your children to cook dinner using the “Schijf van Vijf” as a guide

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Caring for yourself

  • Make choices that will benefit/guard your mental health
  • Do not compare yourself to others
  • Find things that are within your control to work on
  • Gardening
  • Puzzles
  • Reading
  • Painting
  • Coloring Books
  • Dance Parties (plenty of dance music on YouTube/Spotify)
  • Listening to feel good music
  • Exercise with a workout video from YouTube
  • Get dressed up and play “restaurant” (the kids can participate too)
  • Give yourself permission to “do” things or “pass” with no guilt
  • Some people find that having the same structure 5 days a week is helpful to enjoy the weekend
  • Try out new recipes
  • Declare a holiday: decorate the house and make a special meal
  • Create an imaginary coworker that you can blame things in the house (Wendy)
  • Listen to authors reading their books online (check Youtube, also bol has some for children)
  • Watch an opera/ballet/musical (many are showing the full program on YouTube)
  • Take a Coursera course