Coronavirus Quarantine Resource & Survival Guide

This page has been created to help provide resources, tips & tools to help you (& all households) navigate this challenging & unprecendented period.

It will be updated constantly (and we've already got much more to add) but as it stands right now it contains links & ideas covering...

- Official Government advice & resources
- Looking after your mental health & wellbeing - resources & top tips
- Finances & money
- 100's of tips to do whilst at home in quarantine!
- How to reduce anxiety, fear & stress
- Meditations, mindfulness & inner peace tips
- Fitness, health & energy
- Relationships
- Resources for upskilling & training
- Inspiration & perspective
- Food for thought
- Humour

 
OK, so let's jump in.........

Small Business Bounce Back Loans - Full details from the Government Website - Click here

OFFICIAL NHS ADVICE - 
Get the latest information from the National Health Service about coronavirus

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

 

SOCIAL DISTANCING - LET'S FLATTEN THE CURVE BY DOING OUR BIT

 

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>500,000 NHS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

>500,000 volunteers requested (https://apple.news/Ay-poh542R7acnPQxwg6blw ) to support the NHS.
Get Info & sign up here - https://www.goodsamapp.org/NHS

 

HELP TRACK COVID19 WITH THIS APP

RE new COVID self identification APP."This app has just been launched with researchers at Kings College to help slow the spread of #COVID19 and speed up the identification of at risk cases.
It can be done in a minute, whilst at home simply by self-reporting your symptoms, even if you feel well 🙏🏼.  Download the free app https://covid.joinzoe.com/

They need to get this to a lot of people fast to collect enough data to help see the hidden cases, to get a better feel & location for the size of the iceberg we could be sailing into. Thank you!

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LOOKING AFTER YOUR MENTAL HEALTH & WELLBEING

You might be worried about coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it could affect your life. This may include having to stay at home and avoid other people.

This might feel difficult or stressful. But there are lots of things you can try that could help your wellbeing. 

This information is to help you cope if:

  • you’re feeling anxious or worried about coronavirus
  • you’re staying at home and avoiding public places, following Government advice that we should stay at home as much as possible 
  • you are self-isolating because you, or someone you live with, has symptoms of coronavirus. Self-isolating means that you stay home and keep away from other people.

And it covers:

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak

Domestic Abuse Hotlines

The unfortunate reality is that some people will be experiencing domestic abuse during times of amplified tension, confusion, uncertainty & fear. These are a few resources which offer confidential, non-judgmental information and expert support.

The teams will provide a listening ear if you want to talk about your experiences and support you to work through them.

https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/
https://www.womensaid.org.uk/information-support/
https://www.refuge.org.uk/get-help-now/phone-the-helpline/

 

25 MENTAL HEALTH WELLNESS TIPS FOR QUARANTINE

From a psychologist......
"After having thirty-one sessions this week with patients where the singular focus was COVID-19 and how to cope, I decided to consolidate my advice and make a list that I hope is helpful to all. I can't control a lot of what is going on right now, but I can contribute this.

Edit: I am surprised and heartened that this has been shared so widely! People have asked me to credential myself, so to that end, I am a doctoral level Psychologist in NHS with a Psy.D. in the specialities of School and Clinical Psychology."

 

1. Stick to a routine. Go to sleep and wake up at a reasonable time, write a schedule that is varied and includes time for work as well as self-care.

2. Dress for the social life you want, not the social life you have. Get showered and dressed in comfortable clothes, wash your face, brush your teeth. Take the time to do a bath or a facial. Put on some bright colors. It is amazing how our dress can impact our mood.

3. Get out at least once a day, for at least thirty minutes. If you are concerned of contact, try first thing in the morning, or later in the evening, and try less traveled streets and avenues. If you are high risk or living with those who are high risk, open the windows and blast the fan. It is amazing how much fresh air can do for spirits.

4. Find some time to move each day, again daily for at least thirty minutes. If you don’t feel comfortable going outside, there are many YouTube videos that offer free movement classes, and if all else fails, turn on the music and have a dance party!

5. Reach out to others, you guessed it, at least once daily for thirty minutes. Try to do FaceTime, Skype, phone calls, texting—connect with other people to seek and provide support. Don’t forget to do this for your children as well. Set up virtual playdates with friends daily via FaceTime, Facebook Messenger Kids, Zoom, etc—your kids miss their friends, too!

6. Stay hydrated and eat well. This one may seem obvious, but stress and eating often don’t mix well, and we find ourselves over-indulging, forgetting to eat, and avoiding food. Drink plenty of water, eat some good and nutritious foods, and challenge yourself to learn how to cook something new!

7. Develop a self-care toolkit. This can look different for everyone. A lot of successful self-care strategies involve a sensory component (seven senses: touch, taste, sight, hearing, smell, vestibular (movement) and proprioceptive (comforting pressure). An idea for each: a soft blanket or stuffed animal, a hot chocolate, photos of vacations, comforting music, lavender or eucalyptus oil, a small swing or rocking chair, a weighted blanket. A journal, an inspirational book, or a mandala coloring book is wonderful, bubbles to blow or blowing watercolor on paper through a straw are visually appealing as well as work on controlled breath. Mint gum, Listerine strips, ginger ale, frozen Starburst, ice packs, and cold are also good for anxiety regulation. For children, it is great to help them create a self-regulation comfort box (often a shoe-box or bin they can decorate) that they can use on the ready for first-aid when overwhelmed.

8. Spend extra time playing with children. Children will rarely communicate how they are feeling, but will often make a bid for attention and communication through play. Don’t be surprised to see therapeutic themes of illness, doctor visits, and isolation play through. Understand that play is cathartic and helpful for children—it is how they process their world and problem solve, and there’s a lot they are seeing and experiencing in the now.

9. Give everyone the benefit of the doubt, and a wide berth. A lot of cooped up time can bring out the worst in everyone. Each person will have moments when they will not be at their best. It is important to move with grace through blowups, to not show up to every argument you are invited to, and to not hold grudges and continue disagreements. Everyone is doing the best they can to make it through this.

10. Everyone find their own retreat space. Space is at a premium, particularly with city living. It is important that people think through their own separate space for work and for relaxation. For children, help them identify a place where they can go to retreat when stressed. You can make this place cozy by using blankets, pillows, cushions, scarves, beanbags, tents, and “forts”. It is good to know that even when we are on top of each other, we have our own special place to go to be alone.

11. Expect behavioral issues in children, and respond gently. We are all struggling with disruption in routine, none more than children, who rely on routines constructed by others to make them feel safe and to know what comes next. Expect increased anxiety, worries and fears, nightmares, difficulty separating or sleeping, testing limits, and meltdowns. Do not introduce major behavioral plans or consequences at this time—hold stable and focus on emotional connection.

12. Focus on safety and attachment. We are going to be living for a bit with the unprecedented demand of meeting all work deadlines, homeschooling children, running a sterile household, and making a whole lot of entertainment in confinement. We can get wrapped up in meeting expectations in all domains, but we must remember that these are scary and unpredictable times for children. Focus on strengthening the connection through time spent following their lead, through physical touch, through play, through therapeutic books, and via verbal reassurances that you will be there for them in this time.

13. Lower expectations and practice radical self-acceptance. This idea is connected with #12. We are doing too many things in this moment, under fear and stress. This does not make a formula for excellence. Instead, give yourself what psychologists call “radical self acceptance”: accepting everything about yourself, your current situation, and your life without question, blame, or pushback. You cannot fail at this—there is no roadmap, no precedent for this, and we are all truly doing the best we can in an impossible situation.

14. Limit social media and COVID conversation, especially around children. One can find tons of information on COVID-19 to consume, and it changes minute to minute. The information is often sensationalized, negatively skewed, and alarmist. Find a few trusted sources that you can check in with consistently, limit it to a few times a day, and set a time limit for yourself on how much you consume (again 30 minutes tops, 2-3 times daily). Keep news and alarming conversations out of earshot from children—they see and hear everything, and can become very frightened by what they hear.

15. Notice the good in the world, the helpers. There is a lot of scary, negative, and overwhelming information to take in regarding this pandemic. There are also a ton of stories of people sacrificing, donating, and supporting one another in miraculous ways. It is important to counter-balance the heavy information with the hopeful information.

16. Help others. Find ways, big and small, to give back to others. Support restaurants, offer to grocery shop, check in with elderly neighbors, write psychological wellness tips for others—helping others gives us a sense of agency when things seem out of control.

17. Find something you can control, and control the heck out of it. In moments of big uncertainty and overwhelm, control your little corner of the world. Organize your bookshelf, purge your closet, put together that furniture, group your toys. It helps to anchor and ground us when the bigger things are chaotic.

18. Find a long-term project to dive into. Now is the time to learn how to play the keyboard, put together a huge jigsaw puzzle, start a 15 hour game of Risk, paint a picture, read the Harry Potter series, binge watch an 8-season show, crochet a blanket, solve a Rubix cube, or develop a new town in Animal Crossing. Find something that will keep you busy, distracted, and engaged to take breaks from what is going on in the outside world.

19. Engage in repetitive movements and left-right movements. Research has shown that repetitive movement (knitting, coloring, painting, clay sculpting, jump roping etc) especially left-right movement (running, drumming, skating, hopping) can be effective at self-soothing and maintaining self-regulation in moments of distress.

20. Find an expressive art and go for it. Our emotional brain is very receptive to the creative arts, and it is a direct portal for release of feeling. Find something that is creative (sculpting, drawing, dancing, music, singing, playing) and give it your all. See how relieved you can feel. It is a very effective way of helping kids to emote and communicate as well!

21. Find lightness and humor in each day. There is a lot to be worried about, and with good reason. Counterbalance this heaviness with something funny each day: cat videos on YouTube, a stand-up show on Netflix, a funny movie—we all need a little comedic relief in our day, every day.

22. Reach out for help—your team is there for you. If you have a therapist or psychiatrist, they are available to you, even at a distance. Keep up your medications and your therapy sessions the best you can. If you are having difficulty coping, seek out help for the first time. There are mental health people on the ready to help you through this crisis. Your children’s teachers and related service providers will do anything within their power to help, especially for those parents tasked with the difficult task of being a whole treatment team to their child with special challenges. Seek support groups of fellow home-schoolers, parents, and neighbors to feel connected. There is help and support out there, any time of the day—although we are physically distant, we can always connect virtually.

23. “Chunk” your quarantine, take it moment by moment. We have no road map for this. We don’t know what this will look like in 1 day, 1 week, or 1 month from now. Often, when I work with patients who have anxiety around overwhelming issues, I suggest that they engage in a strategy called “chunking”—focusing on whatever bite-sized piece of a challenge that feels manageable. Whether that be 5 minutes, a day, or a week at a time—find what feels doable for you, and set a time stamp for how far ahead in the future you will let yourself worry. Take each chunk one at a time, and move through stress in pieces.

24. Remind yourself daily that this is temporary. It seems in the midst of this quarantine that it will never end. It is terrifying to think of the road stretching ahead of us. Please take time to remind yourself that although this is very scary and difficult, and will go on for an undetermined amount of time, it is a season of life and it will pass. We will return to feeing free, safe, busy, and connected in the days ahead.

25. Find the lesson. This whole crisis can seem sad, senseless, and at times, avoidable. When psychologists work with trauma, a key feature to helping someone work through said trauma is to help them find their agency, the potential positive outcomes they can effect, the meaning and construction that can come out of destruction. What can each of us learn here, in big and small ways, from this crisis? What needs to change in ourselves, our homes, our communities, our nation, and our world?

 

Support for NHS & healthcare professionals - https://www.dutytocare.info/

As we know, NHS workers are facing an enormous amount of pressure at work every day in this situation which has a direct impact on their mental health. Duty To Care is a new platform to provide wellbeing support to improve & sustain the mental health of healthcare professionals.

It will provide NHS workers with access to CBT therapists; Psychotherapists; Mindfulness teachers; Meditation experts; Breath-work experts; Homeopaths; Immunologists; Nutrition coaches; Hypnotherapists; Healers. Details here - https://www.dutytocare.info/

 

MONEY & FINANCES
Money Saving Expert - Advice & tips covering all things financial, updated daily Click here


https://www.facebook.com/MoneySavingExpert

Quote: "It's an anxious and upsetting time right now and we're working flat out to help answer your questions."

Here are our TWO coronavirus guides which the team at Money Saving Expert are updating daily:

 19 new money need-to-knows for employees, the self-employed, those now home with kids, Sky Sports users, train tix holders & more - CLICK HERE

- The Coronavirus Financial Help & Rights guide - CLICK HERE
- The Coronavirus Travel Rights guide - CLICK HERE
14 Coronavirus Money & Travel Need To Knows by Money Saving Expert -
CLICK HERE

 
The Money Advice Service - Another resource for information & tips about Coronavirus & your money - Click here.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/678203076335430/

 

EMERGENCY FUNDING FOR CHARITIES

This is a solid list of emergency funding available for charities. Please share with anyone working with or attached to Not For Profit Organisations - Click Here

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FAMILY LOCKDOWN TIPS & IDEAS -
1000's of tips & suggestions of things to do whilst at home

Join the Facebook Group Here - https://www.facebook.com/groups/871176893326326/

 
QUARANTAINMENT LIST

A free, open sourced document with 1000's of ideas suggested by collaborators all over the world including virtual tours, online resources, audio resources, activities, books, movies, exercise resources & much, much more, CLICK HERE TO ACCESS INSTANTLY

I'M STUCK AT HOME BUT STILL WANT TO HAVE FUN GROUP

Huge amount of ideas in here covering funny, chat, events, music, games, recommendations, pets, stuff to watch, wellbeing & much more....as featured on the BBC News. Click here https://www.facebook.com/groups/783940375464197/


SANITY SAVERS DOCUMENT - 100's of resources, tips & ideas from exercise, films, books, online resources & more on this free, downloadable document - click here


FREE STORIES FOR CHILDREN

Audible, Amazon's audiobook division are offering free downloads of many stories whilst schools are closed. Click here to access https://stories.audible.com/start-listen 

If you'd like to access their Audible's normal library of over 200,000 audiobooks there is a 30 free trial accessible here

Audible - CLICK HERE

 

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL ARTICLE & TIPS

Top tips for toddlers

  • Allocate jobs
  • Use educational TV
  • Keep them active when indoors by having jumping, skipping, dancing sessions - it will tire them out and give you a bit of a workout too.

Top tips for ages four-six

  • Making dens and forts
  • Colouring in/creating worlds for their toys
  • Help with meals

Top tips for ages seven-nine

  • Set treasure hunts
  • Get crafty
  • Encourage reading

Top tips for ages 10-12

  • Arts and crafts activities
  • Learn how to cook
  • Set educational challenges

Top tips for teenagers

  • Allocate jobs (either paid or unpaid).
  • Suggest projects.
  • Make plans - possible college choices, future holidays

100's more ideas here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/871176893326326/

 

A LITTLE HUMOUR TO LIGHTEN THINGS UP
Positive Corona Virus Stories & Fun

We all know that humour & laughter are tonics for the soul. Even in the darkest of times we can find things to smile about. With that in mind this group has 100's of light hearted, humourous Coronavirus posts to lift your spirit. Click here
https://www.facebook.com/groups/PositiveCoronaVirusStoriesOnlyPlease/

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HONOUR YOUR FEELINGS. WE ARE ALL PROCESSING THIS IN OUR OWN WAYS & AT OUR OWN PACE

Just received a message from a loved one which reads...
"Today, after a couple of weeks of focus and ‘let’s get this sorted’ I feel like I’ve hit a wall.
I think I might go and work from bed.
I found this article extremely useful.
I feel that grief mentioned!"

Am sharing the excellent article which is well worth 2 minutes. Very relatable whatever you're feeling right now.

Remember be kind to yourself. We're all in this together & processing in our own way & at our own stage & pace.

The discomfort you're feeling is grief:

The coronavirus pandemic has led to a collective loss of normalcy

Read it by clicking here - https://hbr.org/2020/03/that-discomfort-youre-feeling-is-grief

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HOW TO HELP REDUCE ANXIETY & FEAR....AND WHY IT'S SO IMPORTANT!

FEAR IMPACTS US & THOSE AROUND US .
This short video explains the Physiological & Psychological impact of different emotions.....

In the face of the uncertainty one of the greatest things we can do for ourselves & each other is to mitigate our levels of anxiety & fear.

We can do this through multiple ways:

- being conscious of what we allow into our mind & body
- consuming only the necessary amount of fear based media
- moving, exercising & breathing
- focussing on & doing things that bring us joy, happiness, peace of mind, inner contentment.
- mindfulness & being present
- thinking & expressing gratitude
- intake of things that give us energy & don't deplete our system & energy
- being creative, participating in hobbies & activities, listening to music
- reaching out & connecting with loved ones & friends
....among many others - CLICK HERE for 100's of ideas

 

(You can download this Calibration image by clicking here)

 

Who do I want to be during Covid19?



How do I handle the fear that I'm feeling?

New video uploaded by Ekhart Tolle, best-selling author of 'The Power of Now' & 'A New Earth'.

 

QUESTIONS & CONTEMPLATIONS TO HELP ENHANCE GRATITUDE INCLUDE.....

Example empowering questions which may be useful to adapt / as a reference for household members. To get all in the household to participate in & share.

Planning for our month at home....

  • What are at least 20 things I'm grateful for right now?

  • What exercise will I do for my body?

  • What time of day do I like to exercise?

  • What exercise will I do for my mind?

  • Who do I want to reach out to and communicate with and how will I do this?

Think about who might be lonely or anxious, and also people you wish you saw/spoke to more but never have the time.

  • What creative things do I want to do?

Learning

  • What time of day do I prefer to do my school work?
    Do I want to do it all during 1 part of the day, or spread it out in shorter sessions throughout the day? We should be aiming for X hours of learning a day. It doesn’t all need to be the exercises on SMH - we can choose what we want to learn on our curriculum and how we learn it

  • What school subjects do I find hard to study at home?
  • What do I want to learn more about (it doesn’t need to be related to school. It can be absolutely anything)?
  • Are there any new skills I would like to learn - if so what are they?
  • What books do I want to read or listen to on Audible? (We will be doing at least an hour or reading a day!)
  • What do I want to watch?

  • What tasks need doing around the house on a daily/regular basis? Which do I most like and dislike doing?

  • What bigger jobs need doing around the house that we have been putting off?

  • What should our household agreements & values be?

  • What can I do to make the next month easier for us all if we’re all together at home 24/7?

  • What can everyone else do to help me when I am feeling down?

  • Is there anything else that I would like to use this time to do that isn’t covered above?

  • Any other thoughts?

 

 

MEDITATION, MINDFULNESS & PEACE OF MIND FOR MINIMISING FEAR.....

One of the easiest ways to enhance our emotion & mood is by coming closer to peace, love, joy & gratitude.

The good news is that it doesn't cost anything & you don't need to go anywhere to achieve this. It's an inside game. And thankfully, below are some of the best resources to help you tap into this natural state of being.

 

Headspace

To help bring a little more peace & calm into our lives, Andy & the team behind the Headspace mindful / meditation App have created some special resources specifically for these times which you can access here - https://www.headspace.com/covid-19

They are part of a larger collection in the Headspace app — free for everyone — called "Weathering the Storm". It includes meditations, sleep, and movement exercises to help you out, however you’re feeling.

Access for free here -
https://www.headspace.com/covid-19

 Ekhart Tolle on our consciousness & Meditation

 

Insight Timer - click here

Insight Timer is the number 1 free app for sleep, anxiety and stress. Respected by many as the best meditation app with the world's largest FREE library of more than 30k guided meditations, 5k teachers & the world's most loved meditation Timer.  You can join the 12 million people around the world who use it. You can use the Desktop version or download the app (for Android & iOS)  It’s free.

 

FREE ACCESS - Deepak Chopra & Oprah - 21 Day Mindfulness & Meditation Series - HOPE IN UNCERTAIN TERMS (normally $49)

This 21 day 'HOPE IN UNCERTAIN TIMES' mindfulness & meditation programme (each available for 5 days) has just been released today for FREE (normally $49) to help in these times.

This 21 day programme is one of many options that can assist in boosting us (gratitude, music, exercise, love, friendship, support, nature, inspiration, creativity, healthy food just a few of the many other ways).

ACCESS FOR FREE - CLICK HERE


Healing Meditation - Attention, Intention, Transdormation

 

MANTRA FOR GOOD HEALTH & HEALING

This mantra for health & well being has been going viral & many people have left comments saying it has helped them. From the excellent YouTube channel - https://www.youtube.com/user/TheMeditativeMind/videos

LOVE Vs VIRUS DAILY MEDITATIONS

Burgs, esteemed teacher & founder of www.TheArtOfMeditation.org has created a new YouTube channel (Love Vs Virus) to help with the current situation & is doing daily meditations & discourses at 10am GMT & 19:30 GMT. Access current & previous videos by clicking here
 
Quote from Burgs:
"I will be doing a group meditation twice a day that you can join in with. Im hoping that we can build up a growing group putting out as much positive energy in support of not just each of you as part of our group but for anyone who might be struggling at this time."
 

IMAGE BELOW: A reminder of why tapping into more of our inherent, natural inner peace is so important, because not only do we feel better but we can impact ourselves & outcomes better when in the higher levels as opposed to trapped in inertia & fear.

All of the most conscious leaders & thinkers are saying the same thing in different ways. That it's imperative for us to limit the amount of fear, toxity & doom we are allowing into our minds & bodies. It will impact how we think, feel, respond & prevail through these times.

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STAY FIT, HEALTHY & ENERGISED

Joe Wickes (aka The Body Coach) is being the World's PE coach & doing Live Morning PE Sessions Weekday Mornings 9-9.30 GMT. Over a million households (& rising) have been tuning in. 

Tune in each morning here:
https://www.facebook.com/JoeWicksTheBodyCoach/
YouTube Channel - Click here

Day 1 of the morning PE Sessions

View, subscribe &/or watch the daily videos plus archived videos on Joe Wickes YouTube Channel by CLICKING HERE. Catch him live for 30 minutes each morning at 9am GMT - HERE.

 

HOME WORKOUTS FOR SENIORS

This short home workout is designed for seniors or for anyone looking for something a bit lighter. Take care when exercises and if you don't already exercise regularly take it slowly at first.


This short home workout is designed for seniors or for anyone looking for something a bit lighter. Take care when exercises and if you don't already exercise regularly take it slowly at first.

 

10 MINUTE HOME CHAIR WORKOUT FOR SENIORS



15 MINUTE GENTLE EXERCISE FOR ALL
This is a nice & easy gentle shake out faciliated by Burgs a qualified Chi Kung teacher.
This is a shake out you can do daily to release the nerves, circulate the energy and release stress.


As Burg says in the video, "whether you're pretty immobile or fit & healthy don't underestimate this. We have old & young people, gym & yoga enthusiasts come & do this & they all say they love doing it. It reaches into those stuck places in your body & flushes through those nerves that often stay stuck.....often when we're exercising we grip ourselves to exercise and we can create congestion. This helps shift that!"


EXERCISE APPS, ONLINE CLASSES & VIDEO RESOURCES

There are dozens & dozens more exercise resources (including Yoga, Pilates & HITT), apps & links on this free Sanity Savers document - Click & access it instantly here

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RELATIONSHIPS

Let's be honest. This is unchartered times for very many of us. Spending so much time in & around others whilst also dealing with the uncertainty of the situation can be a breeding ground for challenges, projection & tests in relationships.

Below are a couple of useful relationship resources (there are 100's more inside this platform which you can access instantly for free - just login at the top right of this page).

Save yourself weeks of time & get the summaries & key take outs from some of the most respected books on relationships, kindly created by the bestbookbits.com team.

Summarised relationship books in the playlist below include:

- Gary D. Chapman: The 5 Love Languages

- The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John M. Gottman Book Emerson Eggerichs: Love & Respect      

- John Gray: Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus

- Mark Manson: Models     

- The Way of the Superior Man Summary by David Deida        

- Dale Carnegie: How to Win Friends and Influence People

- Dexter Yager: Dynamic People Skills  

- Jack Schafer: The Like Switch 

- Keith Ferrazzi: Never Eat Alone

- Superhuman Social Skills

- The Friendship Formula by Caroline Millington

- 21 Great Ways to Stay in Love Forever by Brian Tracy


If you enjoy listening, you can listen to a wide range of summaries over at the Best Book Bits Mixcloud page -

Esther Perrel - Where Should We Begin?

Expert Relationship Advice Esther Perrel is a world leading relationship therapist who has successfully helped millions of people all over the world through her books & podcasts.

In the acclaimed episodes of "Where Should We Begin?" (link below) you can step into the iconic couples therapist's office and listen as real couples anonymously bare the raw, intimate, and profound details of their challenges.

From infidelity, to sexlessness, from guilt to loss, it's a space for people to be heard and understood. It's also a place for us to listen and feel empowered in our own relationships.

Here's a taster of her podcasts. In this episode, it covers a couple together in Lockdown.

They left each other emotionally years ago, but with three kids they have been trying to keep it together. For the last two weeks they find themselves confined to a small apartment in Sicily, Italy.

He bears the brunt of the domestic duties at home all day. She must report to the hospital every day to help usher in new life as a midwife. Esther helps them come to terms with what these next few months could look like if they learn to communicate with one another in ways that might save their relationship.

There's a wealth of insight in her podcasts which can help enhance relationships!


You can listen to the entire series here - https://whereshouldwebegin.estherperel.com/

Further details & resources
https://www.estherperel.com/couples-and-individuals

 


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INSPIRATION & PERSPECTIVE


https://www.ted.com/about/programs-initiatives/ted-connects-community-hope?fbclid=IwAR2GymSPUVx_AIOwAbJn9SgrgMmZlwQ8vpb2d1or-Ii2oam5mhaqof_3g7Q

On Monday, March 23, TED kicked off a free, live and daily conversation series, TED Connects: Community and Hope. "As COVID-19 continues to sweep the globe, it’s hard to know where to turn or what to think. Hosted by head of TED Chris Anderson and current affairs curator Whitney Pennington Rodgers, this new program will feature experts whose ideas can help us reflect and work through this time with a sense of responsibility, compassion and wisdom." - CLICK HERE TO ACCESS

 

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KEEP PERSPECTIVE

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TIME OUT ON THE NAUGHTY STEP!

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WHEN THIS IS OVER....


 

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💓 An Imagined Letter from Covid-19 to Humans - by Kristin Flyntz

Stop. Just stop.
It is no longer a request. It is a mandate.
We will help you.

We will bring the supersonic, high speed merry-go-round to a halt
We will stop
the planes
the trains
the schools
the malls
the meetings
the frenetic, furied rush of illusions and “obligations” that keep you from hearing our
single and shared beating heart,
the way we breathe together, in unison.
Our obligation is to each other,
As it has always been, even if, even though, you have forgotten.

We will interrupt this broadcast, the endless cacophonous broadcast of divisions and distractions,
to bring you this long-breaking news:
We are not well.
None of us; all of us are suffering.
Last year, the firestorms that scorched the lungs of the earth
did not give you pause.
Nor the typhoons in Africa,China, Japan.
Nor the fevered climates in Japan and India.
You have not been listening.
It is hard to listen when you are so busy all the time, hustling to uphold the comforts and conveniences that scaffold your lives.
But the foundation is giving way,
buckling under the weight of your needs and desires.
We will help you.
We will bring the firestorms to your body
We will bring the fever to your body
We will bring the burning, searing, and flooding to your lungs
that you might hear:
We are not well.

Despite what you might think or feel, we are not the enemy.
We are Messenger. We are Ally. We are a balancing force.
We are asking you:
To stop, to be still, to listen;
To move beyond your individual concerns and consider the concerns of all;
To be with your ignorance, to find your humility, to relinquish your thinking minds and travel deep into the mind of the heart;
To look up into the sky, streaked with fewer planes, and see it, to notice its condition: clear, smoky, smoggy, rainy? How much do you need it to be healthy so that you may also be healthy?
To look at a tree, and see it, to notice its condition: how does its health contribute to the health of the sky, to the air you need to be healthy?
To visit a river, and see it, to notice its condition: clear, clean, murky, polluted? How much do you need it to be healthy so that you may also be healthy? How does its health contribute to the health of the tree, who contributes to the health of the sky, so that you may also be healthy?

Many are afraid now.
Do not demonize your fear, and also, do not let it rule you. Instead, let it speak to you—in your stillness,
listen for its wisdom.
What might it be telling you about what is at work, at issue, at risk, beyond the threats of personal inconvenience and illness?
As the health of a tree, a river, the sky tells you about quality of your own health, what might the quality of your health tell you about the health of the rivers, the trees, the sky, and all of us who share this planet with you?

Stop.
Notice if you are resisting.
Notice what you are resisting.
Ask why.

Stop. Just stop.
Be still.
Listen.
Ask us what we might teach you about illness and healing, about what might be required so that all may be well.
We will help you, if you listen.

- Kristin Flyntz (original Facebook post click here)

 

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WHAT IF?

"What if.............

The virus is here to help us?

To reset.
To remember.. what is truly important.

Reconnecting with family and community.

Reducing travel so the environment, the skies, the air, our lungs, all get a break.

Parts of China are seeing blue sky and clouds for the first time in forever with the factories being shut down.

Working from home rather than commuting to work (less pollution, more personal time). Reconnecting with family as there is more time at home.

An invitation to turn inwards — a deep meditation — rather than the usual going out to self soothe.

To reconnect with self — what is really important to me?

How hard does one need to work to be able to live, to have a life outside of work?

To face our mortality — check back into living life rather than simply working, working, working.

To reconnect with our elders who are so susceptible to the virus.

The presence of Grace for all.

There is a shift underway in our society — what if it is one that is favorable for us?

What if the virus is an ally in our evolution?

In our remembrance of what it means to be connected, humane, living a simpler life, to be less impactful/more kind to our environment.

It was time for a change, we all knew that.

And, change has arrived"

~ Gurpreet K. Gill

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However, there is one exception to the cancellations....

 

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IT'S NOT ALL BAD NEWS

Some more of the goodness that's occurring during these testing & challenging times....

- Pollution is greatly reduced around the world and water running clear through cities such as Venice

-China has closed down its last coronavirus hospital. Not enough new cases to support them.

- Doctors in India have been successful in treating Coronavirus. Combination of drugs used: Lopinavir, Retonovir, Oseltamivir along with Chlorphenamine. They are going to suggest same medicine, globally.

- Researchers of the Erasmus Medical Center claim to have found an antibody against coronavirus.

- A 103-year-old Chinese grandmother has made a full recovery from COVID-19 after being treated for 6 days in Wuhan, China.

- Apple reopens all 42 china stores,

- Cleveland Clinic developed a COVID-19 test that gives results in hours, not days.

- Good news from South Korea, where the number of new cases is declining.

- Italy is hit hard, experts say, only because they have the oldest population in Europe.

- 3 Maryland coronavirus patients fully recovered; able to return to everyday life.

- A network of Canadian scientists are making excellent progress in Covid-19 research.

- Tulsa County's first positive COVID-19 case has recovered. This individual has had two negative tests, which is the indicator of recovery.

- All 7 patients who were getting treated at Safdarjung hospital in New Delhi have recovered.

- Plasma from newly recovered patients from Covid-19 can treat others infected by Covid-19.

It's not all bad news. Let's care for each other and stay focused on the safety of those most vulnerable.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT?

This article has gone viral. Charles Eisenstein spent 2 weeks going deep with the subject & covers most rabbit holes & multiple viewpoints. Definitely worthy of a listen / read.

Read / listen to it here - https://charleseisenstein.org/essays/the-coronation

 

What is the Corona/ Covid-19 Virus Really Teaching us?  (Author Unknown)

I’m a strong believer that there is a spiritual purpose behind everything that happens, whether that is what we perceive as being good or being bad.

As I meditate upon this, I want to share with you what I feel the Corona/ Covid-19 virus is really doing to us:

1) It is reminding us that we are all equal, regardless of our culture, religion, occupation, financial situation or how famous we are. This disease treats us all equally, perhaps we should to. If you don’t believe me, just ask Tom Hanks.

2) It is reminding us that we are all connected and something that affects one person has an effect on another. It is reminding us that the false borders that we have put up have little value as this virus does not need a passport. It is reminding us, by oppressing us for a short time, of those in this world whose whole life is spent in oppression.

3) It is reminding us of how precious our health is and how we have moved to neglect it through eating nutrient poor manufactured food and drinking water that is contaminated with chemicals upon chemicals. If we don’t look after our health, we will, of course, get sick.

4) It is reminding us of the shortness of life and of what is most important for us to do, which is to help each other, especially those who are old or sick. Our purpose is not to buy toilet roll.

5) It is reminding us of how materialistic our society has become and how, when in times of difficulty, we remember that it’s the essentials that we need (food, water, medicine) as opposed to the luxuries that we sometimes unnecessarily give value to.

6) It is reminding us of how important our family and home life is and how much we have neglected this. It is forcing us back into our houses so we can rebuild them into our home and to strengthen our family unit.

7) It is reminding us that our true work is not our job, that is what we do, not what we were created to do. Our true work is to look after each other, to protect each other and to be of benefit to one another.

It is reminding us to keep our egos in check. It is reminding us that no matter how great we think we are or how great others think we are,
a virus can bring our world to a standstill.

9) It is reminding us that the power of freewill is in our hands. We can choose to cooperate and help each other, to share, to give, to help and to support each other or we can choose to be selfish, to hoard, to look after only ourself. Indeed, it is difficulties that bring out our true colors.

10) It is reminding us that we can be patient, or we can panic. We can either understand that this type of situation has happened many times before in history and will pass, or we can panic and see it as the end of the world and, consequently, cause ourselves more harm than good.

11) It is reminding us that this can either be an end or a new beginning. This can be a time of reflection and understanding, where we learn from our mistakes, or it can be the start of a cycle which will continue until we finally learn the lesson we are meant to.

12) It is reminding us that this Earth is sick. It is reminding us that we need to look at the rate of deforestation just as urgently as we look at the speed at which toilet rolls are disappearing off of shelves. We are sick because our home is sick.

13) It is reminding us that after every difficulty, there is always ease. Life is cyclical, and this is just a phase in this great cycle. We do not need to panic; this too shall pass.

14) Whereas many see the Corona/ Covid-19 virus as a great disaster, I prefer to see it as a great corrector

It is sent to remind us of the important lessons that we seem to have forgotten and it is up to us if we will learn them or not.

 

A NEW VISION - A MESSAGE FOR HUMANITY

A high perspective look at what this could all mean. Soothing words & music set to calming visuals by respected visionary Darpan.

 

TRUTH & FICTION CORONAVIRUS - GREGG BRADEN


Gregg Braden is Five-time New York Times best-selling author & 2020 Templeton Prize Nominee! He is a respected researcher, educator, lecturer and internationally renowned as a pioneer bridging science, spirituality, and human potential.

Quote from Gregg Braden, "We're living a new reality--a new and evolving normal that has been triggered by the world-wide pandemic of 2020. I've built this brief and concise presentation for you, to help you understand the catalyst for this global event: what it is; what it means for you and your family; why you are "wired" for times like these; and what you can expect in the weeks to come."

- Gregg Braden is going live at 20:00 GMT on Thursday 26th March to answer questions people have submitted the past 7 days. Follow the link for more details https://www.facebook.com/GreggBraden/

 

Marianne Williamson - a holistic perspective

Marianne Williamson discusses the coronavirus pandemic from a holistic, interconnected perspective & shares thoughts on getting through this.

She is a respected author, spiritual leader, politician, and activist. She has written 13 books, including four New York Times number one bestsellers.

 

EKHART TOLLE - STAYING CONSCIOUS IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY

International best-selling author of The Power of Now & A New Earth, Ekhart Tolle shares how we can use this time of adversity to find the inner harmony & peace that is within each & every one of us.

 

DR JOE DISPENZA

Why it's important to train the inner game & not be controlled by the external environment.
Dr Joe Dispenza is an international lecturer, researcher, corporate consultant, author, and educator who has been invited to speak in more than 33 countries on six continents.

When we're living in fear we're living in survival - Dr Joe Dispenza

"When we are in a state of fear, typically what we do is select the worst-case scenario & then prepare ourselves emotionally for when it occurs. Now when we get it right, we are proud of ourselves and say, look how smart I am, I predicted that. But what happens when you don't get it right? That's called anxiety, insomnia, neurosis. It's called OCD. And the reason being is because as we select that worst-case scenario and embrace ourselves emotionally for the outcome. You are combining that thought & feeling and you move into a new state of being. This knocks our brain & body out of balance just by thought alone. ⁣

So the fear then becomes an addiction and we begin to reaffirm that addiction because we keep thinking about the thoughts that create those emotional states. Now, the repetition of that cycle conditions the body to become the mind emotionally. So if you keep doing it, sooner or later you're going to program fear into your body as the mind, which means it's going to have a panic attack without you, try as you may with your conscious mind to change it. But it has been programmed subconsciously. ⁣

So if people can continuously bring their body back into the present moment in meditation and practice being present, you can't be afraid if you're in the present moment. The side effect of that is every time you bring the body back into the present, you're reconditioning it to a new mind, which means the body is no longer the mind.⁣

The body being the animal or the servant, all of a sudden, is being conditioned by a new mind. We have been programmed by society to fear the unknown. Because when you're in fear, the best thing to do is run from the unknown. Because the animal in the wild who's hearing something around the corner and doesn't know what it is, it's going to run because there's a better chance of survival. So when we're living by fear and the hormones of stress, we run from the unknown. But if you truly overcome your fear, then the unknown becomes an adventure. The unknown is the best place to create from and that's when it gets exciting.⁣ Now, is the time to be greater than our fear."

 

Dr Bruce Lipton & a useful metaphor of what a virus is

Bruce H. Lipton, PhD is an internationally recognized leader in bridging science and spirit. Stem cell biologist, bestselling author of The Biology of Belief & Spontaneous Evolution and recipient of the 2009 Goi Peace Award, he has been a guest speaker on hundreds of TV and radio shows, as well as keynote presenter for national and international conferences.


 

Pandemics & Infodemics - Wisdom In The Time Of Covid-19

Russell Brand & Dr. Gabor Mate

Dr Gabor Matte is a global authority on addiction & mental health. He's cautiously optimistic & has some insightful thoughts on how this extraordinary period may force us to reflect on (& address) how the extreme prevalence of dislocation & unaddressed emotional trauma in our society are feeding our addiction, mental health & loneliness epidemics & all of the associated physcial ailments.

Listen to the full interview here - http://luminary.link/russell

 

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LIVE CORONAVIRUS STATISTICS
https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

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STAY ON TOP OF CIVIL LIBERTIES

As you will be aware, draconian measures have been expedited. As a collective we need to keep a watchful eye on what's taken place & ensure that after 6 months the legislation is reviewed & scrutinised. Details - https://www.libertyhumanrights.org.uk/issue/new-law-is-biggest-restriction-on-our-freedom-in-a-generation/

Coronavirus monitoring poses dangers for civil liberties - READ HERE

Why is it so important to keep a track of laws that are passed?

 

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The World After Corona Virus by Yuval Harari - READ HERE

Here is an article from one of the world's foremost minds, Yuval Noah Harari. Author of Sapiens, Homo Deus & 21 Lessons for the 21st Century.  World leaders seek (& listen) to his insights & predictions.

In the article he highlights how the decisions we make now will have long term & profound impications for our societies, and that could be for better or worse. Consider these final paragraphs:

"If the void left by the US isn’t filled by other countries, not only will it be much harder to stop the current epidemic, but its legacy will continue to poison international relations for years to come. Yet every crisis is also an opportunity. We must hope that the current epidemic will help humankind realise the acute danger posed by global disunity. 

Humanity needs to make a choice. Will we travel down the route of disunity, or will we adopt the path of global solidarity? If we choose disunity, this will not only prolong the crisis, but will probably result in even worse catastrophes in the future.

If we choose global solidarity, it will be a victory not only against the coronavirus, but against all future epidemics and crises that might assail humankind in the 21st century."

 

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AND SOMETHING LIGHT TO FINISH OFF....


 

CORONAVIRUS RHAPSODY

 

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A beautiful poem

APART BUT TOGETHER by KEITH BATOO

I heard a little rumour
I don’t know if it’s true
That the world is going to be at peace
For a month or maybe two

The shooters can’t go out to shoot
The dealers cannot deal
The bombers cannot throw grenades
So mother earth can heal

I heard that folk must stay at home
And spend time with their kin
Slow down relax and take a breath
And find some peace within

I heard that food and water
Is being shared around
So everyone has got enough
World kindness has been found

The queens and kings and governments
Have settled for enough
Instead of always wanting more
While millions see it rough

The factories have all closed their doors
And so have schools and bars
The atmosphere is cleaner now
A healthier world is ours

And though we may be worried
About money, jobs and bills
We will notice beauty everywhere
Blue skies, fresh lakes, green hills

The social isolation
Is really not a curse
A blessing in disguise
I’d say To stop things getting worse

And when the month or two is over
And we can go back to our lives
People can show gratitude
That their loved ones all survived

Drugs and bombs and bullets
Will be put away for good
There will be no hate or bitterness
All children will have food

I’m not sure if it’s a rumour
Perhaps it’s just a dream
But with all of us together
We can make it as a team

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With gratitude & respect

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