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Isolation inspiration

By Ben Walker on 31 March 2020

As well as looking after your physical health during this period of isolation, it’s really important to take care of your wellbeing, carving out time wherever you can to relax and destress.

Like so many others out there, we’ve been finding new and creative ways to spend our spare time while we’re at home and have been enjoying sharing our ideas and inspiration among the team. Rather than keeping these to ourselves, we thought it would be nice to compile some of our favourites into a journal post to share with you.

From captivating podcasts and binge-worthy television series, to motivational online workouts and mindful meditation exercises, we hope you can take some inspiration from our list of recommendations, which we’ll continue to add to.


Books

Calypso – David Sedaris

Everything I Know About Love – Dolly Alderton

Girl, Woman, Other – Bernardine Evaristo

How to Fail: Everything I’ve Ever Learned From Things Going Wrong – Elizabeth Day

My Brilliant Friend – Elena Ferrante

Notes on a Nervous Planet – Matt Haig

Ordinary People – Diana Evans

Reasons to Stay Alive – Matt Haig

Start With Why – Simon Sinek

Such a Fun Age – Kiley Reid

Swell – Captain Liz Clark

The Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling

The Interestings – Meg Wolitzer

Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens


Films

Captain Fantastic

Edward Scissorhands

Green Book

Hook

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

I, Daniel Blake

Jurassic Park

Lady Bird

Marriage Story

Mean Girls

Mrs Doubtfire

Silver Linings Playbook

Someone Great

Space Jam

Star Wars

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Terminal

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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Podcasts

Ctrl Alt Delete

Deliciously Ella

Dreamgun Film Reads

Feminists Don’t Wear Pink

Football, Feminism & Everything in Between

Guilt and Shame

Happy Place by Fearne Cotton

Heavyweight

Honestly Podcast with Clemmie Telford

How to Fail with Elizabeth Day

I Weigh with Jameela Jamil

Love Stories with Dolly Alderton

My Favourite Murder

Table Manners with Jessie Ware

Talk Art

Talking Tastebuds

The Guilty Feminist

The High Low

The Missing Cryptoqueen

The Rich Roll Podcast

This American Life

Under the Skin with Russell Brand

Waterpeople Podcast


Television series

Afterlife – Netflix

Big Little Lies – Amazon Prime / Sky Atlantic

Derry Girls – Channel 4 / Netflix

Catastrophe – Channel 4 / Amazon Prime

Gavin and Stacey – Netflix / BBC

Grey’s Anatomy – Netflix

Hunters – Amazon Prime

I Hate Suzie – Sky Atlantic

Iliza Shlesinger: Elder Millennial – Netflix

Killing Eve – BBC

Love Is Blind – Netflix

Master of None – Netflix

Normal People – BBC

Noughts + Crosses – BBC

Schitts Creek – Netflix

Sex Education – Netflix

The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up To Cancer – Channel 4

The Great Festive Bake Off with the Derry Girls – Channel 4

The Morning Show – Apple TV

The Nest – BBC

The People vs. O.J. Simpson – Netflix

This Way Up – Channel 4

Tiger King – Netflix

Us – BBC


Home workouts 

Barry’s UK Instagram Live workouts

Nike Training Club app

PsycleLondon Instagram Live workouts

Seconds Pro: Interval Timer app

The Body Coach


Meditation apps

Calm

Headspace

Insight Timer


Online yoga

Cat Meffan 

Edinburgh Community Yoga live streamed classes

Katie White Yoga live streamed classes

Madeleine Shaw

Meadowlark Yoga live streamed classes

Yoga with Adrienne 


Playlists

Derry Girls – The Full Playlist – Spotify

One World: Together at Home – Spotify

Tuckers: Isolation Station (90s female artists)

If there’s a particular television series, book, or anything else for that matter, that you’ve been enjoying recently, we’d love to hear from you – and your suggestions could be added to this list as we continue to build on it in the coming weeks.

Alternatively, if you’re currently working from home and are finding yourself struggling with the challenges of this transition, we have shared some of our tried and tested tips in this article, which we hope you will find helpful. In the meantime, happy reading, watching and exercising.

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