To state the obvious, Ms. Rona, aka COVID-19, has definitely put a wrench in my summer turn-up plans. Never did I ever think I would be forced into the house for over two weeks without any idea of when I could freely leave again. Needless to say, my anxiety has been a bit higher than normal!
But I must say the hardest part about being on house arrest is staying positive and active. To fill in all this free time that I have, I’ve been listening to inspirational podcasts and have recently transitioned to TED Talks.
I love TED talks because you can find a video on literally any subject and walk away with so much insight and motivation. Figuring us being on quarantine lock-down was suitable timing, I rounded up my extensive list into my top five TED Talks that I feel will help you get through this quarantine – or at least not lose your sanity. Check them out below!
1.) Why You Need to Be a Bitch x Tabatha Coffey
Unorthodox and unconventional, businesswoman Tabatha Coffey delivers an ultimate message about the importance of being true to yourself and owning the bad-ass woman you are. Quarantine days mean that it’s easy to let self-deprecating thoughts cloud your mind because you have nothing else to distract you. Watch this whenever you need a pick me up!
2.) Get Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable x Luvvie Ajayi
“Your silence serves no one!” These are the words that you will be left with after watching blogger and New York Times bestseller Luvvie Ajayi’s TED talk! Her talk is about 10 minutes making it the perfect mood booster you need to start your morning!
3.) Cultivating Unconditional Self-Worth x Adia Gooden
Fortunately, this quarantine has given a lot of us, myself included, a lot of time to self-reflect and really tune in on who we are as a person. One of my favorite videos I love to watch to check in with myself is this one by Adia Gooden, a licensed clinical psychologist. In her TED talk, Adia talks about how therapy helped change her outlook and perspective of herself and taught her to embrace who she really is, instead of who she thinks she should be!
4.) Have the Balls to Follow Your Dreams x Dianna David
Have you ever ignored something that seemed so small, but in actuality was something life-changing? That’s exactly what happened to Dianna David! After four years of working a desk job she intrinsically loathed, she was able to change her life forever after stumbling across a red ball!
5.) Plus Size: More Like My Size x Ashley Graham
Often times as women, we can rip ourselves apart over the way that we look! Model and body activist Ashley Graham talks about her journey in becoming a model. Even more, she impresses upon the idea that everybody is beautiful and that we, as women, need to reclaim what’s ours regardless of societal standards.
Bonus: Every Kid Needs a Champion x Rita Pierson
9/9 if you’re an educator, you’ve watched this video. And while this video is aimed at educators being better teachers to their students, there are some KEY gems that can be applied to everyone about being a better student and teacher to yourself!
I hope these videos help and encourage you as much as they have helped and encouraged me. If you would like to watch more TED talks, head on over to their website where they have hundreds of videos on any topic imaginable!