Hey everyone. Hope you are all well.
I thought I would share a couple of podcasts that I have found useful/interesting over the last few days. This situation has been changing so rapidly but it certainly looks like it is going to be ongoing for some time yet so I think it makes sense to understand what is putting us in this situation and how we can best cope with it.
The first podcast is by Paula Pant explaining that she has had a mild-moderate case of COVID-19 and her experiences over the last 2 weeks. It seems like some people get barely any symptoms while others become incredibly poorly with it but hearing first hand what it felt like for someone who didn’t need hospitalisation was very interesting. Her podcast about financial matters and critical thinking is one I listen to regularly and I highly recommend.
I was already very much in the camp of strict social distancing but this account talking about what it felt like as well as her challenges in getting medical advice and a COVID test has helped to galvanise my position. If anyone out there is unsure about why it is so important to follow the advice we are being given to try to slow down the spread of this bizarre new virus I urge you to listen to this: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/afford-anything/id1079598542?i=1000470340889
The second podcast I am sharing today is looking at this new way of living in isolation and giving some really sensible practical advice about how to make it work well for you. This covers ways to work effectively from home (could be relevant both for students in the coming months as well as for those who are suddenly finding that their commute has reduced to a few metres from the kitchen to the living room) as well as ways to stay healthy, build good habits in relation to social media and the news and also how to stay connected with local communities and loved ones. This is the first podcast by Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness who are the authors of Peak Performance and The Passion Paradox. If any part of this podcast resonates with you then I would highly recommend you listen to Peak Performance as it will really help you to build on these foundations. It is a book I have both read and listened to repeatedly over the last few years. You can find my review of that book here: https://www.drchrisharper.co.uk/blog/revisiting-peak-performance
And here is their first podcast:
If you have found any other really good blog posts, articles or podcasts that you think are worth sharing I would love to hear about them.
And above all please stay home and stay safe.
Dr Chris Harper