Coronavirus – how to survive lockdown

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Coronavirus – how to survive lockdown

Practical tips and ideas on how to thrive, rather than just survive, during the Coronavirus lockdown.

1. Exercise

We all know that exercise is important for our physical wellbeing. It can even help protect us against viruses and colds.

But with the gym closed, our options are limited. We can go for a walk or a run, but these both require being outside – and with that comes risk.

Fortunately, you don’t need to go outside to workout. A personal training class is just a tap away:

Nike Training Club App – has made all of its Nike Training Club Premium workouts free until further notice.

Joe Wicks – 30-minute workouts for all ages – free on Youtube, live-streamed every weekday morning at 9 am to help kick-start your day.

2. Virtual yoga

If not fitness classes, how about a yoga class?

Down Dog – makes a handful of popular fitness services for iPhone and iPad, including apps for Yoga, High-Intensity Interval Training and more.

To help you stay active and engaged during the coronavirus outbreak, Down Dog is making all of its apps free during self-isolation.

3. Meditation

Meditation helps with reducing stress and anxiety. But research shows that it can also reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s.

Admittedly, I’ve been guilty of writing meditation off as a bit ‘woo woo’. But after a doctor & friend revealed the vast amount of scientific research on the benefits, I decided to give it a go. Three months in, I’m a convert.

Here are the best apps I’ve found:

Headspace – one of the biggest apps around and created by a chap from Keynsham, Bristol! Headspace is currently offering a free version (usually paid).

Calm – has been voted the best free meditation app. Probably a good starting point for most people.

Waking Up – this is the one I use. It’s brilliant & takes you through a 50-day introductory course, but it’s paid after the first-week trial.

5. Virtual pub quiz

With most of the country in lockdown, what can we do for entertainment?

For the last 3 Saturday evenings, at 7 pm, I’ve been doing a family pub quiz. My extended families have been taking it in turns to host between around 8 households. This has turned into the highlight of my weekend!

Someone’s even written a step-by-step guide on how you can create this for your friends & family.

Zoom seems to be the most painless video conferencing software and is the one we use for virtual meetings at Frazer James.

6. Read a book

My favourite books over the last year (excluding the ones of Pensions tax & legislation!):

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind – Yuval Noah Harari  – The book is a time-machine through the three main revolutions of human history: the Cognitive Revolution (70,000 years ago), the Agricultural Revolution (10,000 years ago), and the Scientific Revolution (500 years ago). Absolutely fascinating!

Atomic Habits – James Clear – a definitive guide to breaking bad behaviours and adopting good ones in four simple steps. It shows you how small, incremental, everyday routines compound and add up to massive, positive change over time.

The Rational Optimist – Matt Ridley – given the current climate, a book on why we’re lucky to be alive seems ironic. But this fascinating book provides optimism and confidence about the future with a healthy dose of realism.

Your advisers

For the team at Frazer James, it’s business as usual.

As ever, we’re here for you whenever you need us, so please don’t hesitate to pick up the phone.

You can book in for a Quick Financial Call using the calendar below.

All the best,

James Mackay, Independent Financial Adviser in Bristol

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