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.
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius - Marcus Aurelius was a Roman Emperor and this is a collection of writing on Stoic Philosophy. It's an incredibly interesting read. And quite short too!
Wild at Home by Hilton Carter - We stumbled upon this guys Instagram page and instantly loved his style an just couldn't resist picking up his book. It's full of really practical tips on growing plants at home and it's beautiful to just pick up and browse through.
One World: Together at Home - If you didn't hear about this on the news or see it already, Lady Gaga basically pulled in all her favours and gathered a load of musicians together (virtually) to perform from their houses. They raised $127.9 million for the WHO. The Rolling Stones in their 4 separate houses might have been the best part. You can watch all the performances on their YouTube Channel here.
Good News - John Krazinski's daily Good News Report is just lovely. As they say in Ireland, you'd want to be made o'stone!
I Weigh Podcast - Presented by Jameela Jamil, you may know her as Tahani on The Good Place. It's part of Jameela's 'I Weigh' community which at its roots it's about feeling part of something. It's available on all the usual podcast platforms.
Michael Jackons X Mark Ronson - It's just one song, but we defy you not to move during it! We put together a playlist of the original songs he mixed that's bookended by the remix. It's on our Spotify, enjoy.
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)