How are you keeping at these unusual times? How have your first two weeks of lockdown been? What have you been up to?
I wanted to share a few things with you that we have been doing in our household, which may provide some light entertainment for you and your family during this tricky time.
Keeping physically and emotionally fit is essential at these times of social distancing and this will be even more important the longer the lockdown continues. It’s also important to keep everyone entertained.
I really enjoy Yoga, I didn’t think I would, but I do, I only do it occasionally, but a regular morning class in front of the TV is a great way to start the day. Yoga with Adriene offers lots of variety with many perfect for beginners and those looking for a slow and mindful back to basics class.
Maybe not for the light-hearted, Richard East offers more high-intensity workouts which will definitely get your heart racing! He has several free videos and is building an online subscription side, check in to his morning Facebook lives too.
In my opinion, mental health is just as important as physical health. Being away from the things that are important to us, can initiate conversations with ourselves that are not always beneficial. We can often talk to ourselves too much!
I have meditated now for over 30 years, at a young age I trained in martial arts and mediation was a natural progression. There is no right way to meditate, some people prefer a guided meditation where you are guided through a process, or listen to music, doing this occupies the conscious mind and thus blocks out the internal dialogue, so if this is you, this may help.
For beginners, I like Headspace who offer a free 7-day trial.
One of Nicky’s favourite podcasts is called Happy Place with Ferne Cotton. She interviews an inspirational guest every week from Tom Kerridge to Joe Wicks they are definitely worth a listen and will add some positivity to your day.
It would be rude if we didn’t include Desert Island Discs. This podcast saved us from ourselves during a massive road trip to France one year. We have loved it ever since, and even Olly and Bella have enjoyed listening to their favourite people like Miranda & Ed Sheeran. There are hundreds of episodes to listen to, search for your favourite or just learn about someone new.
I read a lot, I admit my genre is not everyone’s cup of tea, I limit most of my reading to investment/finance or personal development/psychology books. But here are a couple of books that I have enjoyed over the years that Nicky said are passable as the closest thing I have to mainstream!
The Snowball by Alice Schroeder
The Snowball is the first and will be the only biography of the world’s richest man, Warren Buffett, written with his full cooperation and collaboration.
It’s a beast of a book, but I must say it’s excellent!
The Number by Lee Eisenberg
Do you know your Number? What happens if you don’t make it to your Number? Do you have a plan? The Number is no ordinary finance book–it offers an intriguing and entertaining tour of wealth gurus, life coaches, and financial advisers, and our hopes and fears for the future. The result is a provocative field guide to your psyche and finances and an urgently useful book for anyone over thirty.
I found this book very interesting because it’s written by a New York Times journalist, based around conversations he had at dinner parties on ‘how much is enough?’
Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell
From the bestselling author of Blink and The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers: The Story of Success overturns conventional wisdom about genius to show us what makes an ordinary person an extreme overachiever.
Why do some people achieve so much more than others? Can they lie so far out of the ordinary? I really could not put this down, I really enjoyed this easy read of seeing things in a different way.
The Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams by Randy Pausch
A lot of professors give talks titled ‘The Last Lecture’. Professors are asked to consider their demise and to ruminate on what matters most to them: What wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew it was our last chance? If we had to vanish tomorrow, what would we want as our legacy?
I have read this book a few times, most recently this summer in Holland. It’s a book that makes you stop and think about life and our decisions before it’s over.
A puzzle is a great family activity, which includes everyone. The Shute’s have already started with ‘I Love Gardening’ 1000 piece puzzle and I am sure the way Nicky and Bella are completing it, we’ll be onto puzzle number two before the weekend is over.
The Banker Is based in 1954 on true facts and is the storey of Joe Morris (Samuel L. Jackson) and Bernard Garrett (Anthony Mackie) and how they built a property empire and eventually went on to be the first black people to buy a bank in Texas. Nicky and I really enjoyed this film.
The Current War
The film inspired by the 19th-century competition between Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch) and George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon) over which electrical power delivery system would be used in the United States. What an excellent film, we really enjoyed this too.
Google offer over 100 free online courses in a variety of areas, you can find out more here.
We have started taking photos of things we have done during the lockdown from starting a jigsaw, walking the dog, cooking together and Bella planting vegetable seeds for her new vegetable garden. We will make a collage when it is over, it is unlikely that we will ever experience anything like this again, hopefully, and sometimes it is good to reflect and look back at everything you achieved and share the story with our next generation.
So there you go, some of my ideas to make the most of this difficult period.
If you have any tips or ideas, or if you are offering any local services to help people through these uncertain times, please send them in and we might be able to include them in a future update, we’d love to see what you are up to, send us any photos you’re happy to share.
Stay healthy, happy and sane. But most importantly, #StayAtHome