BEAT THE BOREDOM
Home is where the heart is, but during a pandemic it can also be an isolating, lonely place. Stories in the media and experts on TV tell us to connect with friends, family and neighbors online. We can also exercise, inside and out, which many of us are already doing. Making a donation to a food pantry or other nonprofit is another way to take our minds off the news and help the community.

Here are some tips and tricks we've culled from local and national media sources, with special thanks to the numerous local and national media and nonprofit organizations that are publicizing events and ideas for beating the boredom. We'll continue to add to this list!
 
KEEP UP WITH THE ARTS
 
Check out these virtual tours of museums around the world by TimeOut magazine!
 
And here's another link to the world's most famous museums compiled by Travel + Leisure.
 
Take a virtual trip to London to visit its museums and galleries, also courtesy of TimeOut.
 
Lions and tigers and bears at the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C.
 
Visit some of the powerful and educational exhibits of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture here
 
Bring the National Theater live to your home right here
 
For museums closer to home, here are links to virtual exhibit tours at the Dallas Museum of Art, and the remarkable Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum, which opened in September, 2019. 
 
EXERCISE AT HOME
 
Yoga online? Yes! And dance and pilates, too. Here are some handy links, compliments of the Dallas Morning News:
 
Yoga With Adriene has nearly 6.5 million subscribers on YouTube. She has been offering free yoga classes on YouTube for years, and has an extensive library of videos.
 
For the dancer in you, The Sculpt Society offers upbeat dance cardio that you can do in front of your computer or TV. The dance-style cardio fitness method was developed by Megan Roup and is lauded by fashion models and other celebrities. 
 
Pilates at home is made easy with Dallas' Session Pilates. It's offering free mat workouts on its blog, with a new one added each day. The videos are free, but the studio will accept a donation to support its instructors during the crisis!
 
Ballet anyone? If you love classical ballet and want to exercise, check out Kathryn Morgan's ballet classes on YouTube. Her videos include various levels of barre, center and strengthening exercises. Pointe classes, too, if you those are. 
 
HELP THE MOST NEEDY AMONG US
 
Here is a great list of organizations that need our help. Thanks to PaperCity for compiling:
 
No Kid Hungry is taking donations for children who are losing the healthy meals they depend on at school.
 
The North Texas Food Bank is encouraging money donations instead of canned goods. Please help kids, families and seniors in need.
 
For kids who need meals on the weekends, donate to Blessings in a Backpack.
 
Save The Children gives 87 percent of every dollar to keeping children safe globally.
 
Kids’ Meals Inc. help poverty stricken families impacted by fluctuations in the economy and changes in work hours. Here, every $2 you give feeds a child.
 
The United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’ Coronavirus Relief Fund needs your help. Your contribution will address immediate and urgent needs of all North Texans, as well as longer-term challenges that will affect education, income, and health outcomes across our community.
 
Don't forget The Salvation Army DFW.
 
If you have space in your heart and home, the SPCA of Texas is looking for people to foster shelter dogs and cats during potential staff shortages in the coming weeks. The SPCA will give you all supplies such as food, toys, litter, medication that the animal may need. To sign up, visit spca.com/foster. The application process is currently expedited where you can be approved to take an animal home in the same day.
 
Check in on seniors through Meals on Wheels. The program is urgently seeking volunteers to deliver food to seniors who are homebound, have low income, chronic medical conditions, and no reliable source of food. The VNA is asking for social distancing precautions while delivering, as well as proper hand washing and sanitizing techniques if you are going to be delivering to seniors.
 
The American Red Cross has announced that there’s a severe blood shortage as people are social distancing. They are asking for blood donation as there is no evidence that coronavirus can be transmitted by blood transfusion. Make your appointment to give blood here.