Beating The Boredom During Lockdown

Virtual Museum Tours 

With the whole country on lockdown means being at home day and night. In fact not just you but that includes everyone in your household. I don't know about you but from my experience it can feel overwhelming at times. And yes it is perfectly expected for our mental health to be tested. And for those close relationships to be stretched to the limit. Even for those qualified professionals working in mental health - and thats me included.

And the cool calm collective types do not leave unscathed - we can all have moments where we end up feeling bored, frustrated and agitated.  And if you live on your own it can feel isolating and frustrating not being able to meet up with friends or go about doing your daily routine. What happens when you have Netflix overload? It's quite easy to fall into a negative thought process.

Reframing Your Thoughts

Whats really helped me Is to reframe this lockdown in my mind. Not to look at it as if it's something I have no choice over. But instead think of it as an opportunity to do lots of things that I've wanted to do but at home with my family. By reframing my thoughts, changing the way I think of the lockdown down - from "being forced to stay home" to "opportunity to catch up on lots of things that I would like to do but never get the time to do".

I have also limited myself to what news I watch and what notifications I receive on my devices especially my phone. I was finding myself getting swept away with the storm of anxiety as the news explored the ifs, could's, maybes that might happen. Obviously its good to keep updated - but now I just limit myself to 3 "Coronavirus updates" a day. I came to the conclusion - is it really good for my mental health to hear hour by hour latest statistics of worldwide infected figures.

I have found this removes the negativity in my mind, reduces my anxiety immensely and frees me up to think about what opportunity does this give me "to do things I'd like to do".

Visiting World landmarks whilst staying safe.

One of the things I do enjoy doing is visiting museums and art galleries - inspiring our creative side of the brain is good for mental health. What i have found is  a list of over 20 amazing art galleries which offer virtual experiences. So last night me and my family together went around the J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles - from our armchairs obviously.

We all enjoyed seeing Van Gogh’s Irises and Renoir’s La Promenade – just two of many artworks that feature in their virtual tour. We also discovered Google Arts and Culture offers a “museum view” tool to look inside gallery spaces, with clickable artworks presenting further information.  Another viewing platform, Xplorit lets you explore the Gettys sculpture plaza and garden terrace. all well worth  adding to your digital trip.

So now our globe that normally sits in our living room collecting dust has a new found use! We are making little homemade flags to mark the Museums we visit over the next 12 weeks. .

Heres the list of my favourite museums I intend to visit ..... with my family of course (who are sometimes a little resistant to these tours - I guess some things never change!!!)

Beat the boredom and help improve your emotional wellbeing - Virtual Museums To Visit From The Comfort & Safety of Your Home.

And if this list is not enough google arts & culture have teamed up with over over 500 museums and galleries around the world to bring art to anyones living room.

  • The Louvre:  free online tours of three famous exhibits, including Egyptian Antiquities.
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum: The works of Pablo Picasso, Piet MondrianJeff Koons, and Franz Marc are just some of the 625 artists whose work are a part of the Guggenheim's Collection Online.
  • Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History: 360-degree room-by-room tour of every exhibit in the museum  view at your leisure.
  • Van Gogh Museum: You can get up close and personal with the impressionist painter's most famous work thanks to Google Arts & Culture.
  • Getty Museum: Los Angeles's premiere gallery has two virtual tours, including "Eat, Drink, and Be Merry," which is a closer look at food in the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
  • The Vatican Museum: The Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, and Raphael's Room, are just some of the sites you can see on the Vatican's virtual tour.
  • Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum: View some of the continent's most celebrated artists like Rembrandt and Dali available online.
  • Georgia O’Keeffe Museum: Six virtual exhibits are available online from this museum named for the "Mother of American modernism."
  • National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City: Dive into the pre-Hispanic history of Mexico with 23 exhibit rooms full of Mayan artifacts.
  • British Museum, London: The Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies are just a couple of things that you're able to see on a virtual tour of the museum.
  • NASA: Both Virginia's Langley Research Center and Ohio's Glenn Research Center offer online tours for free. Also, you can try some "augmented reality experiences" via The Space Center Houston's app.
  • National Women's History Museum: Have a late International Women's Day celebration with online exhibits and oral histories from the Virginia museum.
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art: Though the Met Gala was cancelled this year, you can still have a peak at the The Costume Institute Conversation Lab, which is one of the institution's 26 online exhibits.
  • High Museum of Art, Atlanta: This museum's popular online exhibits include "Civil Rights Photography" — photos that capture moments of social protest like the Freedom Rides and Rosa Park's arrest.
  • Detroit Institute of Arts: Mexican art icon Frida Kahlo is the focal point of two of the four available online exhibits.
  • Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam: The Golden Age of Dutch art is highlighted in this museum which includes the work of Vermeer and Rembrandt.
  • National Museum of the United States Air Force: You can't take a ride in Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidential airplane, but you can check it out, in addition to other military weapons and aircraft, online in the Air Force's official museum.
  • MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art): New York's extensive collection is available for view online.
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: The 16 virtual exhibits include a special section on 21st Century Designer Fashion.
  • Vatican Museums, Rome museivaticani.va
  • Natural History Museum, London  nhm.ac.uk
  • Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam rijksmuseum.nl
  • National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, South Korea mmca.go.kr
  • Musée d’Orsay, Paris m.musee-orsay.fr
  • British Museum, London britishmuseum.org
  • MASP, São Paulo, Brazil masp.org.br
  • National Gallery, London  nationalgallery.org.uk

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