We're all staying up to date with the news and reading some interesting articles about how to stay safe and stay informed. But this is not related to that, at all. This is a rundown on what we're reading, watching and listening to, to keep our minds and bodies healthy and moving, and a little bit sane! We'll share some more resources as we come across them. Here's how we're currently winding down.
Why Can't Things Just Stay The Same - Written by Stefanie Preissner, an Irish writer / journalist with a serious nack for being down to earth.
Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond - A condensed history of the last 13,000 years. It won't be for everybody but we think thought it was a particularly interesting read.
A.P Bio - Catch up on Season 1 and 2 before Season 3 comes out on September 3rd. There's just an array of talent to love!
This video on empathy - Brené Brown has given talks and interviews on empathy, vulnerability, self-love and more in that general area. Type her name into YouTube and enjoy.
Sean Penn - We've recommended this Podcast before, it's hosted by Dax Shepard and it's called Armchair Expert. Listening to Sean Penn speak is like music for the soul.
Podcasts - We get asked this a lot, so here's our current go-to list for Podcasts, with lots of Irish based listens of course:
Basically... with Stefanie Preissner
Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard
I Weigh with Jameela Jamil
Making Sense with Sam Harris
Where is my mind with Niall Breslin
The Blindboy Podcast with Blindboy Boatclub
NEWBIES - these are new to our list, so... let's see!
Busy Philipps is doing her best with Busy Philipps
Smartless with Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes & Will Arnett
Quick Pilates Moves and Demos - JFo Fitness has tonnes of short videos on her Instagram page that are very doable at all fitness levels. And, she's a local Meath business, just down the road from our factory in Slane.
Free Guitar Lessons from Fender - They've extended the offer to 3 months of free guitar lessons to 1 million people. Head to their website here to sign up.
Cooking - Irish chef, Donal Skehan is sharing lots of recipes to get you through your day (and your pantry) on his Instagram and Facebook profiles. As well as already having an endless resource of recipes on his YouTube channel and website.
The Body Coach - Joe Wicks, aka The Body Coach, is doing Physical Education class for kids at 9am (GMT) Monday to Friday, on his YouTube channel.
Board Games - This article from NY Mag shares some great board-games for playing with your house-mate or your partner if you're not a big TV person, or you're just looking for a break from the screens.
Bedtime Stories - Josh Gad (the voice of Olaf in Frozen) is reading bedtime stories live on his Twitter page every night. For you or any little ones you may know!
Virtual Visits - Lots of zoos have webcams on certain animals so make sure to check out your local zoo too! Here are a few links to some of our favourites:
- Webcams at San Diego Zoo
- Take a Virtual Safari daily with Cincinnati Zoo
- Webcams at Dublin Zoo
- Virtual Tour of Áras an Uachtaráin (The home of the President of Ireland)