Find new ways to switch off outside of work
With the impact of the pandemic still being felt across Australia and most of the Wavelength team experiencing a lengthy lockdown in Sydney, we’ve been looking for ways to boost our positivity, stay connected with family and friends and look after our mental health.
So, if you’re finding it hard to create some much-needed headspace, we’ve got you covered. Here are the top 3 podcasts, books, TV shows and activities that are helping us get through this period.
We hope you find some inspiration!
What we're listening to
1. We can do hard things – Glennon Doyle
Glennon Doyle uses the phrase “We can do hard things” from her popular book, Untamed, to touch on topics that people find hard every day. Her aim is to help everyone live a little bit lighter and braver, freer and less alone.
2. SmartLess - Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes & Will Arnett
This podcast connects people from all walks of life to learn about shared experiences. What ensues is a genuinely improvised and authentic conversation filled with laughter and newfound knowledge to feed the SmartLess mind.
3. The Flying Doctor Podcast – Royal Flying Doctor Service
The rural and remote communities that the RFDS services are made of strong and often courageous individuals. They work shoulder-to-shoulder with the RFDS and this podcast takes a look at some of their inspiring stories.
What we're reading
1. The Midnight Library - Matt Haig
Nora, a thirty-something woman who is feeling regretful about her life comes across the Midnight Library. In it, each book represents a portal into another variation of what her life could have been.
2. The Happiest Refugee - Ann Doh
The Happiest Refugee explores Do's family's journey to Australia from war-torn Vietnam to seek a better life.
3. Talking to Strangers - Malcolm Gladwell
A powerful examination of our interactions with strangers - and why they often go wrong.
What we're watching
A retelling of the classic French story about Arsène Lupin, the world-famous gentleman thief and master of disguise.
2. Ted Lasso
Small-time football coach Ted Lasso is hired to coach a professional soccer team in England, despite having no experience coaching soccer.
3. New Amsterdam
After becoming the medical director of one of the United States' oldest public hospitals, Dr Max Godwin sets out to reform the institution's neglected and outdated facilities to treat the patients.
What we're doing
- Learning to skateboard
- Taking to the water to kayak around the bay
- Trying our hand at roller-skating
- Learning guitar with the help of Fender Play, an interactive lessons app
- Watercolour painting
- Upcycling old furniture
- Balinese virtual cooking classes
- Hosting trivia quizzes with family and friends from all corners of the world
- Exercising with a training buddy
How do you switch off outside of work? Send us your recommendations here and we'll add them to our list.