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The Antidote to Isolation Newsletter | Week 6

We recently sent out the sixth of our series of weekly emails offering help, advice, messages of inspiration, deals, freebies and a chance to smile during this tough time. We will turn the email into a blog post each week for those people who prefer blog content.

 

The Antidote to Isolation | Star Wars, Savings & Stoicism

 

1.  Fun & Frivolous

May the 4th Be With You

We couldn’t kick this off without mentioning May the 4th, a day when Star Wars fans across the globe celebrate Lucas’ famous franchise. There’s no denying that the Star Wars Universe has led to some amazing content. For a full Force fix, be sure to subscribe to Disney+ to watch The Mandalorian and the recently released The Rise of Skywalker. A couple of our favourite pieces of Star Wars content can actually be seen for free though, made by fans. Two of our favourites include Darth Maul: Apprentice and Vader vs Kenobi: Reimagined.
 

Things to do at Home During Lockdown

You might be stuck at home, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have any fun! From cooking and redecorating to meditating and playing with your pooch, here are 7 of the best new gadgets that can help get you through the lockdown.

 

2.  You’ve Got This

Five sayings from the Stoics for Enduring Hardship

We feel there is a lot to be learned from Stoicism, especially right now. Check out these 5 sayings on enduring hardships. Here is our favourite:

‘Love of bustle is not industry — it is only the restlessness of a hunted mind.’ Seneca

The pressure we feel to be productive is often the result of anxiety. We’re seeking to distract ourselves from our unexamined worries. Idleness can be useful; it allows us the space to explore and soothe our troubled mind.


Morning Pages

We’re always on the lookout for tips and techniques to make our days more productive and fulfilling. Morning pages are a great way to empty out the noise from your head allowing you to start your day with the right mindset. As Julia Cameron states on her website, “Morning Pages are three pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing, done first thing in the morning. There is no wrong way to do Morning Pages – they are not high art.” The video is only 2 and a half minutes long so persevere, for many people this can be an extremely helpful exercise in clearing the mind and setting yourself up for the day ahead.

 

3.  Show me the Money

20% Off GLOSSYBOX

Our lovely friends at GLOSSYBOX are offering our readers an exclusive 20% off your first box. Subscribe to one of their plans and use the code GLOSSYFRESHER to redeem the discount. Check out the Ts&Cs below* Enjoy!

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A Month of Free Magazines

If you are missing your favourite magazines why not download Readly. You can get unlimited access to 4923 magazine titles including top UK titles (newest and previous issues included). You can download and read offline on any devices. You also get 5 user profiles so you can share with flatmates and split the cost. Another positive is that there is no contract so you can cancel anytime. Readly are offering one month free (£7.99/month thereafter)

 

Meme that made us laugh

 

Quote that made us think

Your focus determines your reality.

Qui Gon Jinn. We couldn’t help ourselves 🤣

 

Music that made us dance

 

Moments that made us smile

It’s an old one but a good one. Last Star Wars reference, we promise 🙂

 

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The Best New Gadgets to get you through the Lockdown

You might be stuck at home, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have any fun! Here are 7 of the best new gadgets that can help get you through the lockdown:

 

Tile Item Finder

Whether you are in lockdown by yourself or with your entire family, there is one thing that is guaranteed: You will lose things down the sofa. Whether that be your remote control, wallet, or iPad, things have a habit of getting lost. But with Tile Pro, you can attach it to your favourite possessions and ring it when they get lost. Simple, but so useful!

 

Mini Projector

Stream your phone, laptop, or playstation on the big screen with a portable projector! Get a 200 inch projection onto the wall of your living room, and enjoy cinema-sized entertainment from the comfort of your own home. With over 1000 reviews at 4.5/5 average stars, this GooDee projector is one of the best on the market.

 

Muse 2

 

There is no better way to stay relaxed during this difficult time than with the Muse 2 Brain Sensing Headband. This technological masterpiece measures your brain activity, heart rate, and breathing to detect when you are at your most calm. This will allow you to find the meditation or relaxation activities which best suit you. Use with the Muse app for optimal performance.

 

HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer

This tiny photo printer can be taken anywhere, and will print photos directly from your phone in seconds. It even lets you customize your photos before you print them. If you are looking to redecorate your bedroom during lockdown, adding a few photos from the HP Sprocket is a great way to start.

 

Furbo Dog Camera with Treat Tossing Technology

This is like something brought back from the future. If you are having to self-isolate away from your pet, or are simply too lazy to get up sometimes, then the Furbo Dog Camera can help you out. Not only does it let you see your dog, but also lets you speak to your dog. Best of all, it even lets you toss a treat to your dog at simply the press of a button. With almost 10,000 rave reviews, this is a toy you cannot miss out on.

 

Weber Connect Smart Grilling Hub

 

For any wannabe master chefs out there, the Weber Connect is a great little tool. It will measure the temperature of your meat or cooking, and will send notifications to your smart phone when it is done! If you’ve ever struggled to cook a perfect medium rare steak, or are guilty of overcooking your chicken, then this could be the gadget you’ve been waiting for.

 

Instant Pot Duo

We thought we would end this list with another cooking gadget (since cooking is one of the only things we can do during lockdown). The Instant Pot Duo is a 7-in-1 pressure cooker, with options for cooking a variety of tasty dishes. It includes a rice cooker, yoghurt maker, steamer, and much more. If you want to try your hand at cooking some more complicated dishes during lockdown, then this is a gadget worth thinking about.

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3 Movies Every Student Should See Before They Graduate

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The Antidote to Isolation Newsletter | Week 5

We recently sent out the fifth of our series of weekly emails offering help, advice, messages of inspiration, deals, freebies and a chance to smile during this tough time. We will turn the email into a blog post each week for those people who prefer blog content.

 

The Antidote to Isolation

We thought we would kick off with the wise words of Anna Kendrick…

🙋 Say hello

 

1.  Fun & Frivolous

Things to do at Home During Lockdown

Whilst in lockdown, it can be tough to think of things to do. However, thanks to the wonderful powers of t’internet, there are so many things you can be getting on with whilst under quarantine. Here are some of our favourite things you can do whilst in lockdown

 

2.  You’ve Got This

Getahead Festival Goes Virtual

The Getahead Festival has gone virtual. Follow their team of experts for a day of fitness and fun along with some great advice and tips on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing. Choose from sessions such as a ‘Mindful drink cocktail masterclass’ and ‘How to build your mental resilience with diet and lifestyle’. Check out their Instagram page for a link to the event @getaheadlife.

Notes on a Nervous Planet

A few of our team have read and raved about the book ‘Notes on a Nervous Planet’. Rates of stress and anxiety are rising. We are more connected, yet feel more alone and we are now programmed to worry about everything from world politics to our body mass index. After experiencing years of anxiety and panic attacks, these questions became urgent matters of life and death for author Matt Haig. Notes on a Nervous Planet is a personal and vital look at how to feel happy, human and whole in the 21st century. Well worth reading!  

You can also sign up for a free trial of Audible here if you prefer the audio version.

 

3.  Show me the Money

Tips to Grow your Instagram in 2020
 

That London Duo are a foodie YouTube and Instagram couple based in London. They create food videos on YouTube, and have recently moved to Instagram to share their food adventures. In this interview, we discuss why they started their Instagram, and what tips they have for students wanting to grow their channel in 2020 and maybe even turn it into a lucrative side hustle.


IKEA Meatballs at Home

There’s no getting our in-person IKEA fix at the moment so we’re delighted to hear that they’ve released recipes for their famous meatballs. They are seriously simple to make and IKEA have even included the sauce recipe. Something to do and it will save you a few quid as well.

 

Meme that made us laugh

Think we’ll give that song a miss!

 

Quote that made us think

“Normality is a paved road: it’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.”  

Vincent Van Gogh

 

Music that made us dance

 

Moments that made us smile

‘nough said 

 

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The Antidote to Isolation Newsletter | Week 4

We recently sent out the fourth of our series of weekly emails offering help, advice, messages of inspiration, deals, freebies and a chance to smile during this tough time. We will turn the email into a blog post each week for those people who prefer blog content.

 

The Antidote to Isolation

Welcome to our weekly antidote to isolation, this week we have a few suggestions on keeping mentally and physically fit, cracking music and of course a few laughs. Enjoy!  

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1.  Fun & Frivolous

One World: Together at Home

If you missed this fantastic broadcast or just want more, be sure to jump onto iPlayer to check out the One World: Together at Home virtual concert. Featuring Billie Eilish, Rolling Stones, George the Poet, Little Mix and many, many more this is well worth a watch.

Cooking During Lockdown

As well as keeping your health in check, cooking is a way to bring some routine to your days. There is also great pleasure to be gained from cooking something from scratch. The folks at Bon Appetit have loads of recipes, cooking resources and a wealth of advice on cooking at home during lockdown. Choose from resources such as  ‘89 recipes with 5 ingredients or fewer’  and  ‘37 recipes that freeze really well.’ 

 

2.  You’ve Got This

Our Guide to Coping and Thriving During Lockdown

The coronavirus has completed turned many of our lives upside down. From having to leave University, to cancelling exams, to being away from our family, friends and partners for an extended period of time, it is an extremely difficult time for sure! In this guide, we hope to spread some positivity, as well as giving you some tips on how to deal with different aspects of the lockdown. Have a read and please let us know if there is anything we can add, edit or even if you feel we have just missed the mark on something.

Stephen Fry’s Tips on Managing Anxiety

We love Stephen Fry. So when we saw his video for the BBC on managing anxiety we had to share it with you. Have a watch, there are certainly a few tips we have taken from it.

 

3.  Show me the Money

Run for Heroes 

The Run For Heroes campaign is asking people to do three things: run 5k (remember social distancing), donate £5 and nominate 5 people on your social media to do the same (tag @Run.For.Heroes). All proceeds got to NHS workers fighting Covid-19. Their new target is an amazing £5 million! Check out the Instagram page here.

Last Call – £50 Amazon Vouchers

There’s a few hours left on our Amazon voucher giveaway (competition closes today at 8pm). All you need to do is sign up for a free 6-month account here and email us ([email protected]) using subject Amazon to be in with the chance of winning £50. One lucky winner will be picked at random.

 

Meme that made us laugh

We have to 🤣 or we’ll 🙁 

 

 

Quote that made us think

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”  

Dr Suess. This has never been so apt.

 

Music that made us dance

Interested in hearing Kris’ tips on getting into the music industry? Read our interview with him here. Oh and be sure to check out his new single Naïve, out June 5th.

 

Moments that made us smile

This group was formed after identifying a shortage in supply for scrubs to frontline NHS staff. If you have sweet sewing skills, this facebook group is for those who would like to contribute towards making and supplying local hospitals with desperately needed scrubs for front line workers.

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The Antidote to Isolation Newsletter | Week 3

We recently sent out the third of our series of weekly emails offering help, advice, messages of inspiration, deals, freebies and a chance to smile during this tough time. We will turn the email into a blog post each week for those people who prefer blog content.

The Antidote to Isolation

Welcome to our weekly antidote to isolation, some fun, a sweet giveaway, laughs and a few things to ponder. 

Oh and next week we’ll be dropping an announcement on this year’s biggest virtual student event so be sure to stay tuned for Early Bird tickets.

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1.  Fun & Frivolous

#Couchella

This would have been the first weekend at Coachella so why not have your friends get together and play favourite festival songs over a Zoom call, sit back on your couch and enjoy the music. Dress up in the festival clothes that you bought for your cancelled holidays and festivals #stayathome. Sign up for a free zoom account here and check out #Couchella for some inspiration.

A Tiger is for Life, Not Just for Lockdown

You can now have the pet you always wanted, easily bringing wildlife into your living room using Google’s in-search AR. Bring a lion, bear, wolf, hedgehog, snake and many other cute and terrifying animals into your home. So get creative and have fun. Find out more here.

2.  You’ve Got This

Notes from the Universe

Brighten your day with Notes from the Universe. What started in 1998 as an email sent out weekly to 38 addresses has since blossomed into today’s daily Notes from the Universe, sent to over 800,000 subscribers in 185 countries! These Notes are brief passages written by “The Universe,” personalised with your name and designed to remind you that you have, indeed, been given dominion over all things – https://www.tut.com/account/quicksignup

The Iceman

Wim Hof, total legend, is running a 40-day quarantine challenge (check it out here). By doing his daily WHM breathing and cold showers, he suggests you can help boost your health and reduce stress. There is also a mini-course you can try out for free.

3.  Show me the Money

Once Upon a Prime

Get 6 months free Amazon Prime. Students can get free Amazon Prime for six months which includes next day deliveries plus access to their music and video streaming services, Kindle lending library and photo storage (usually £7.99 per month for non-students). To get the offer sign up here. You must be a UK student aged 18+


Competition Time

To help you get started with your new Amazon Prime account we’re giving away a £50 Amazon voucher. All you need to do is sign up for a free 6-month account here and email us ([email protected]) using subject Amazon. One lucky winner will be picked at random on 20th April 2020.

 

Meme that made us laugh

Reality of lockdown…

 

Quote that made us think

“You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”  

A.A. Milne/Christopher Robin.

 

Music that made us dance

 

Moments that made us smile

It has been beautiful to see images on social media from residents in Northern India who can see the Himalayas for the first time after pollution levels drop due to lockdown. 

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Delena Interview | Songs to Cheer you Up

Interested in getting into the music industry? Here is an interview we recently did with Delena, an upcoming artist whose new single – SOS – releases this Friday!

Tell us a little bit about you

From the time I was a child all I found myself doing is singing and performing in front of my family back in my home city – Kiev, Ukraine. I was also a little bit of a rebel at school. Instead of studying hard to become a doctor like my father I loved only one thing – music. 
 

How did you start your music career and do you have any tips for young people looking to make it in the industry?

To be honest I wanted to do this all my life! Since I can remember myself I would always perform in front of family and close friends. One day I recorded a single called “Nothing can stop us now” and it took off from there. Soon I started to work with musical producers and songwriters to release more songs. It’s like a snowball, as you write new music you just get better each day. My main tip is to keep pushing and believing in your talent.  
 

Do you have any exciting news to share?

Soon I am releasing a new single, S.O.S, and I am also writing new songs which I can’t wait to share with everyone this year. I would really love to do a live show so I really want to surprise everyone with some live performances (when its allowed of course) 😉
 

During self-isolation, a lot of people are using music to stay positive. Do you have a song of the week that people can use as a pick-me-up?

Generally I listen to different genres of music but right now I would say something uplifting like the new Dua Lipa album. It’s can help brighten up the day during self-isolation. 
 

Where can people find you? (Social media, Spotify etc.)

I mainly use Instagram which is _delenaofficial_.  I also have Facebook – Delenamusic and my Spotify is Delena. But I would say if you want to reach out it’s definitely through my Instagram:
 
Instagram: _Delenaofficial_
Spotify: Delena
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Allegra Interview | Songs to Cheer you Up

Interested in getting into the music industry? Here is an interview we recently did with Allegra, an upcoming artist. Her new single, All About Us, is out now!
 

Tell us a little bit about you

Well I am a 17 years old girl who just wants to sing! I just want to make music that will make people want to dance in their room as if no one is watching ! Music is my life and that’s what I want to share with people ! 
 

How did you start your music career and do you have any tips for young people looking to make it in the industry?

Well I’ve always been singing since I can remember. I think I would just say that if music is your passion then go for it ! You will always feel as if there  is someone better than you but you can’t focus on that ! You have to focus on yourself and be as determined as possible to make your passion your dream.
 

Do you have any exciting news to share?

Well I will have a new single coming out this year ! So keep an eye out ! 
 

During self-isolation, a lot of people are using music to stay positive. Do you have a song of the week that people can use as a pick-me-up?

Rita Ora just came out with a new song called ‘How To Be Lonely’, so you should check that out !  I’m just making a lot of playlists and I’m obsessed with country music at the moment.
 

Where can people find you? (Social media, Spotify etc.)

Well my single came out called ‘All About Us’ and I am on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook! Instagram is allegraworld and Twitter is allegraworld_.
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Pet Puma | Songs to Cheer you Up

Interested in getting into the music industry or joining a band? Here is an interview we recently did with John from Pet Puma. Their new single, Spaceship, is out now!

Tell us a little bit about you

I’m John, from Birmingham, done various playing/writing/session work over the years and I now play in my own band Pet Puma. 
 

How did you start your music career and do you have any tips for young people looking to make it in the industry?

Have patience, do a good job when given it and be as low maintenance as possible. When you finally work on a full production tour and actually see all the wheels that drive it, you realise the gig bit is a tiny percent of what it’s actually all about. Decent social skills and humility in your role will take you a lot further than musical ability any day of the week. 
 

Do you have any exciting news to share?

We have a lot in the pipeline but all has been quite rightly postponed for now with the current situation we’re all in. Once the skies clear we will get back out again playing shows, releasing music and continuing where we left off for sure.
 

During self-isolation, a lot of people are using music to stay positive. Do you have a song of the week that people can use as a pick-me-up?

Thunder Bay – Hudson Mohawke. Isolate with intent!
 

Where can people find you? (Social media, Spotify etc.)

@PetPumaMusic across all the usual platforms, come thru and say hi!
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Taylor Castro Interview | Songs to Cheer you Up

Interested in getting into the music industry? Here is an interview we recently did with Taylor Castro, an actress and singer who has recently released a new single: Girl, Afraid

Tell us a little bit about you

Well, my name is Taylor Castro and I’m twenty-years-old. I’m a writer, singer, and actress. I recently released the first single off of my sophomore album called ‘Girl, Afraid’ and it just hit a million views yesterday which is incredibly exciting.
 

How did you start your music career and do you have any tips for young people looking to make it in the industry?

Honestly, I was very, very lucky and privileged enough to be born into a family that had connections to at least a few people who could help me make professional quality music. That being said, we kind of had no idea what we were doing at first when it went beyond the studio. It’s still a learning process, but if I have any advice it’d be to make the best product you possibly can. Just use what you have at your disposal. Everyone has different ways of getting where they want to go, but the one thing we all have in common is that it starts with us, our story, and how we decide to tell it. 
 

Do you have any exciting news to share?

I will soon! My most recent single, ‘Girl Afraid’ hit a million views yesterday and we’re all prepping for the release of my next one. I have so, so many songs and corresponding music videos off of my upcoming album that I genuinely love with all my heart. I’ve never been so excited about my own work and at the idea of putting it into the hands of others. 
 

During self-isolation, a lot of people are using music to stay positive. Do you have a song of the week that people can use as a pick-me-up?

Hmm, let’s see. I think it’d have to be ‘For The First Time’ by The Script. It just perfectly captures the state we’re all currently in, and brings be back to childhood, which is always a plus.
 

Where can people find you? (Social media, Spotify etc.)

Smart URL (All-In-One):  ‪https://smarturl.it/TaylorCastroSocial‬

My individual links are: