A love note to our Victorians

 

Dear Victoria,

To all of those who are feeling the dread, sadness and anguish of the second wave lockdowns in Melbourne and surrounds, we want you to know, that from the bottom of our hearts here at Boom Shankar, we are with you and we love you. 

We know this time around is different, but you're not alone. We are here to support you in any way we can, as we know that mental health and wellbeing may be lacking at a time like this. 

We want to spread as much love, compassion and encouragement as possible as we know that it is necessary to get through this. Our team at Boom Shankar have put together a list of recourses to help keep you busy, distracted and help lift spirits. Feel free to use these or maybe throw into the mix for another time, whatever you choose to do, we just hope you get some enjoyment out of it. 

Please remember now more than ever, you are strong, you are loved and our thoughts are with you. 

Big love, 

Boom Shankar

“We have a chance to do something extraordinary. As we head out of this pandemic we can change the world. Create a world of love. A world where we are kind to each other. A world were we are kind no matter what class, race, sexual orientation, what religion or lack of or what job we have. A world we don't judge those at the food bank because that may be us if things were just slightly different. Let love and kindness be our roadmap.”
― Johnny Corn

Recourses:

Things to listen to:

  1. For a laugh, our go-to at Boom is the Hamish and Andy podcast. These guys can put a smile on our faces no matter what!
  2. Ten Percent Happier : After host, Dan Harris, had a panic attack while reading the news on live TV, he felt the need to make some changes, and discovered meditation. On this pod, he talks to some of the world’s top meditation experts, asking them tough questions and eliciting concrete practices from them.
  3. The Happiness Lab : Laurie Santos is a psychologist who teaches a Yale course on happiness — and it’s the university’s most popular class ever, for good reason. In this pod, she distills her lessons on how we can increase our capacity for happiness (yes, even during a pandemic) into half-hour episodes.

     

    Books to read:

    1. The Light Years by Elizabeth Jane Howard
    2. The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley
    3. Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans
    4. The Switch by Beth OLeary
    5. Five Steps to Happy by Ella Dove

       

      TV Shows to watch:

      Netflix:

      1. Ozark is no Breaking Bad, but it sure fills that pitch-black drama void if you're looking for an easy (but still extraordinarily stressful) watch. It keeps on winning Emmys, so it must be doing something right! 
      2. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is Rachel Bloom's near-flawless exploration of rom-com and musical tropes, as well as a seriously sharp exposé on how the media presents mental illness, doesn't sound like it could work whatsoever. It does, and then some. One of the most underrated shows in the past few years. 
      3. Celebrate Schitt's Creek's overdue Emmy nominations by streaming it on Netflix. They are the most lovingly dysfunctional family units since the Simpsons plopped their asses down onto that couch. There are shades of long-gone favourites like Parks and Recreation and more than a little bit of Arrested Development DNA in here, but very quickly this show becomes something entirely itself, thanks to the insane performances by all four leads and writing that seems to get better with each successive season.

      Free to air TV

      1. Strictly Ballroom: When 21-year-old ballroom champion Scott Hastings commits the cardinal sin of dancing his own steps and not those of the all powerful Dance Federation, the retribution is swift. You can watch Strictly Ballroom on ABC iView
      2. Thank God Your Here: In this celebrated comedy, guest stars Cal Wilson, Colin Lane, Merrick Watts and Rhys Darby must hilariously navigate an unknown situation greeted only by the line 'Thank God You're Here!'. What for free on Channel 10.
      3. Why Women Kill details the lives of three women living in three different decades: a housewife in the '60s, a socialite in the '80s, and a lawyer in 2019, each dealing with infidelity in their marriages. The series examines how the roles of women have changed, but how their reaction to betrayal... has not. Stream on SBS on Demand.

       

      DIY:

      1. As masks are mandatory, why not try making your own? These are comfortable, machine washable and you can make them as simple or as out there as you would like! Click here to watch the video tutorial. Click here to find out what you need!

       

      Health and Wellness apps:

      It's vital to our wellbeing that we take care of our mental health, take a look at the list below for the right yoga and meditation apps for you. 

      1. Pocket Yoga
      2. Daily Yoga
      3. Yoga Studio
      4. Calm
      5. Head Space

      We hope is one way or another this has little slice of love has helped. We are here for you however we can be. 

      Sending love and positivity ❤️