5 things to do this week while staying at home

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Quarantines, lockdowns and social distancing got you down? Here are five WNBA-related things you can do this week to spice up your stay-at-home experience.

With the rates of coronavirus infections growing exponentially from one day to the next, many cities and states are encouraging or ordering people to stay indoors to reduce the spread and flatten the curve. At the time of publication, there were 144,144 reported cases of the coronavirus in the U.S., including 2,493 deaths. Those numbers are expected to climb dramatically in coming weeks as infections near an apex in hot-spot cities like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and New Orleans — thus imperiling the lives of healthcare workers nationwide who struggle to attain adequate supplies for the safety of the themselves and for the treatment of the their patients. It is more important than ever that people stay at home.

Diving into some WNBA content should make it less terrible to be isolated and alone or locked down with people who are grating on your nerves. Here are five ways you can pass the time this week:

Watch WNBA games on-demand.

With the coronavirus pandemic threatening to delay the start of the 2020 season — or, worse, cancel it — fans still can stave off full WNBA withdrawal by watching games on-demand. Existing WNBA League Pass subscribers need only log into their accounts to relive the 2019 season. All other fans can enjoy WNBA League Pass free for 30 days by signing up for an account and using promo code WNBAFREE30.

Work out with Lexie Brown.

Missing your gym routine, yoga class, pickup game at the Y? Work out with Lexie Brown, shooting guard for the Minnesota Lynx. The three-year pro shared on Twitter the details of her at-home workout and included a video demonstration. Exercise is great for the brain, so consider this routine a tool in surviving the pandemic. Additionally, when life returns to some modified version of normal, you’ll be looking and feeling great to take on new challenges.

Read some books.

From social-distancing guidelines to stay-at-home orders, you may be lamenting the inability to meet up with friends at a favorite restaurant. Though it may be hard to eat in public these days, there’s nothing stopping you from feeding your mind on WNBA-related content.

Memoir

In My Skin (by Brittney Griner and Sue Hovey

My Shot: Balancing It All and Standing Tall by Elena Delle Donne and Sarah Durand

Poetry

Notes in the Key of Heartbreak by Imani McGee-Stafford

You can also watch the Dallas Wings center read poems from her collection at poets.org:

For the kids

The Middle School Rules of Skylar Diggins (children’s) by Sean Jenson

Elle of the Ball and the entire “Hoop” series (children’s) by Elena Delle Donne

Check out library books.

With the pandemic-related job loss hoisting many into financial hardship, get the books from your local library — digitally. Meet Libby. She can bring books from your local library to your favorite digital device.

Look and listen.

Emma Meesseman’s art

Dig around and see what else you can find on social media from the 2019 WNBA Finals MVP.

Chamique Holdsclaw’s podcast

Essence Carson’s music

Essence Carson: In Her Home Studio

Before basketball, 2016 WNBA champion Essence Carson had music. She shares her inspiration and love for hip-hop.

Posted by The Players' Tribune on Monday, September 18, 2017

And here’s where you can find her on SoundCloud.