21 things that might make life a little less stressful in the time of Coronavirus

21 things that might make life a little less stressful in the time of Coronavirus

I’ve been quiet, really quiet the last 10 days or so, watching the world unfold like something out of a zombie movie. I’ve been prepped for a Zombie apocalypse since forever – I’ve trained in Muay Thai, have bottles of water stashed away in a kitchen cupboard, figured out an escape route to get to the Isle of Man (I’ll come get you first, if you need me to) but now faced with the reality of this attack – not from zombies but from an unseen enemy – I’ve been quiet. Behind the scenes, I’ve been helping our photographers and current clients navigate our way through the practicalities of postponing, cancelling, rescheduling shoots. I’ve been looking after myself, keeping my spirits up but out there – on social media as me and as Hey Saturday – I’ve been quiet. Looking on in wonder and with anxiety at what’s been happening but not quite knowing what to say or do. I’ve felt frozen to be honest.

good vibes

I still don’t know what to say or do really, it’s all a bit overwhelming, but I’m starting to unfreeze. I’ve been surfing the net during this time trying to make sense of it all. I haven’t, of course, made sense of anything… but I have come across some stuff, that I think is pretty cool – stuff that might inspire you, make you laugh or just help make you feel a little less anxious. So I thought I’d share it with you guys, in case you find it pretty cool too.

Love, dating and connecting 

01. If you’re looking for creative ways to date right now, you could check out what Nina had planned for her first date with a guy. I love this, it genuinely made me smile (in what felt like a long time). If you want to find out what actually ended up happening (it’s lovely) follow the thread here.

02. Self-love in the time of corornavirus takes on a whole nuther meaning! If you’re self-isolating on your own, head here to get your free vibrator. Surely this is one not to be missed. Be quick though, stock is running low at the time of writing.

03. If you’re single, you might want to sign up for The Single Supplement, created by freelance journalist, Nicola Slawson. She has created a Facebook community of single people and she writes this weekly newsletter packed to the rafters with inspiring, informative and cool articles and tips relating to living your best single life.

04. This guy’s dating app profile tho’ – it’s a bit spesh.

05. I love these tiny love stories from the New York Times. It features readers stories in 100 words or less. This is perfect if your attention span is shot to shit right now. Hello hello… Bueller? Bueller Bueller? 25 feelgood things

06. I love Shelf Help. I love their brand actually, which is why I’ve signed up for their newsletters, I’m not actually a member. But I thought I’d share in case you haven’t heard of it. Shelf Help is a global platform, book club and community dedicated to self-help and self-development and their bookclub is going virtual for now. You can experiment with new self-help strategies with others from home.

Learning and creating

07. OK, this is seriously floating my boat right now. Head here to learn how to print like that god of all things cool, Andy Warhol.

08. How about cranking things up a notch? You can enrol on 10 university art classes for free right here.

09. And this is really cool too – sign up for this 28 day creativity challenge with The Sketch Book Project.

Dodging the 24 hour news cycle

To minimise my stress levels, I’m being really wary of what I’m listening to or watching. To be fair, I stopped watching the news when I started working for myself and, now more than ever, it’s a good time to kickstart an information diet rather than sitting glued to a 24 hour ticker tape of rolling bad news cycles. And definitely give Twitter’s ‘Trending’ section a wide berth, that’s enough to induce a panic attack for me these days. I’ve found that being more mindful about what I do and don’t consume has been great for my mental health. And I’ve just had a hiatus from social media over the last few weeks, which has been really good for me. If you need inspiration for other stuff you might want to consume instead, I can recommend this….

10. I loved this virtual walk through of the Dorothea Lange exhibit at the MoMA.

11. Also great news from the BFI. They had to cancel BFI Flare, the UK’s biggest LGTBQ+ film festival, but…. they’re putting 230 movies online bringing you ‘BFI Flare at Home‘.

12. I’m currently reading or have just finished a lot of amazing books – there were too many to list but here’s an iPhone pic of them and I’d recommend all of them. These are 5* all the way, baby. And um yeah, I am reading a book by a shaman. My sis gave it to me for Christmas (it’s not something I would ever have chosen) and it’s surprising good and now, with this crisis, makes even more sense. Seriously.

13. And if want to check out some podcasts that might help you if you’re thinking about approaching work and life differently now, I put this list together of some brilliant podcasts that help you get your shit together. I wrote this long before the onset of the coronavirus but, if you have time to kill now and want to do it productively, these are great.

Chilling

14. But yeah, that said, we still need to just chill out and watch Netflix with no agenda other than to switch off and relax, right? Check out this cool list of the most anticipated movies of 2021.

Working from home

15. It’s been 8 years of working from home for me but this article, The worst things about WFT and weird way to beat them, still made me lol. I’d totally recommend this for anyone who is new to the game and navigating their way through it.

Staying well

16. I love this global mental health live stream by Made of Millions, an organisation that uses the power of art, media and digital technology to transform how the world perceives mental health.

17. Worrying about your fitness levels? You could always do what this guy did and run a marathon on your balcony! His only comment was ‘the course was ugly, no atmosphere’.

18. Worried about all the negative thoughts taking over your brain right now? I love this article from my super smart friend and all-round amazing person, Francesca Hogi

19. And if you want to learn to deal with uncertainty better, you might want to check out this article or even sign up for a free trial of uncertainty training, called Fall in Love with Uncertainty… wait what now?? Yes, it’s a thing.

20. If you’re self-isolating alone, one of Giles’ friends has created a new free Facebook group, The Single’s Sanctuary; connect to the loving safe space within. It’s a space to support single people during these challenging times.

21. Finally, need some tunes to chill you out. Rainy Days in Tokyo is my current fave when I’m feeling stressed.

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dating app profile

So yeah, I did a thing… Hey Saturday now has a podcast mini series, ‘Shoot Your Shot - The Art of Dating Profile Pictures’, for all your dating profile photo needs in one place 🎧✨

Press play on this show for jam-packed mini episodes that will inspire you to experiment, have fun and aim higher when creating your profile pictures for online dating apps.

I share my top mindset shifts and practical steps you can take to create dating profile photos that are both visually and emotionally compelling, to help you attract more and better quality matches on dating apps.

This podcast is for people with a short attention-span but a big vision for their love lives 🙌🏽

Link in bio 👀
Hosted by me, Saskia
Podcast logo and art by the incredible @teadayblogs from Coppie and Paste
Produced by that cutie @northernmunki
Podcast music by me @saskia_nelson in conjunction with GrooveApp (who did most of the heavy lifting to be fair)

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I was invited on @unhingedandbumbledup podcast the other day & it was probably the most fun I’ve had recording a podcast.

Ahead of the show, I had to give them both a dating photo challenge and they presented the photos they created to me during the show.

Tune into to see who does it better, Phil or Jane. It was a super close competition to be honest… but there was a clear winner 👏🏽👏🏽

I also shared

• What makes an awesome dating profile pic
• Why good photos are so important
• My 4 top favourite date spots around the globe (I just couldn’t choose one) and much more…

Have you subscribed to this chatty, fun show that shares experiences and opinions on how to navigate the tricky world of dating to come out on top?

Thanks for having me Phil & Jane 🙏🏽

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…how would you show up?

I get a lot of emails from clients asking how and where they can do their photoshoots without many people seeing them. Ummm ….

To be fair, it’d probably be my first question too, if I were in their shoes. I’m not exactly known for being a natural badass in front of the lens (there’s a reason I prefer being behind it!).

But, thing is, those people really don’t care about what’s happening in your photoshoot. And why would you concern yourself worrying about what people - you don’t even know - think about you for 30 seconds?

Fear makes no sense, even after you unpick it and challenge it. It’s still there. Being fearless is actually really hard… however you could try this… choose to ‘act as if’ you’re fearless! Yeah, how would that look? How would you show up then? Really think about how you would approach it. And then, just as an experiment, do that.

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+ The Ex-Philes Podcast +

I had the pleasure of being invited onto an episode of the dating podcast, ’The Ex-Philes: Break-ups, Broken Hearts and Moving On’ recently & was interviewed by the two awesome hosts, Clair Lofthouse & Janice Formichella.

Thank you so much to both of you, I really enjoyed connecting & sharing my top dating profile picture expertise with you.

If you are getting over a breakup? I would highly recommend tuning in & subscribing.

Ex-Philes is a weekly podcast all about healing a broken heart, building your confidence, and moving forward in an empowered way.

Their favorite topics include healing from heartbreak, dating, ghosting, no contact, toxic relationships, communication, self-help, attachment styles and more.

Thanks Janice & Clair 🙏🏽

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Dating profiles have the potential to be intriguing; they can be a window into someone’s mind, revealing their unique way of looking at & thinking about the world.

Make sure you grab that opportunity to show people what you’re about & what you’re made of 🔥🔥

And remember, your profile pics are the most powerful way to share a lot of information about you at just a glance.

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+ Sound on for dating photo tips & good times +

Huge shout out to the legend that is James Preece, the UK dating coach king. Thank you for having me on your show, @jamespreececoach. I had a great time sharing my top dating photo tips with you, which I’m pretty sure you can tell when you listen in.

Have you subscribed to the Love Machine Podcast yet?

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You know what I love doing when I have a few moments to myself? … I love navigating to our Story highlights & scrolling through ‘Our Pics’. It gives me a legal, natural high every time.

The colour, the personalities, the vibes, the diverse life styles, the passions, the people… so much dating photoshoot awesomeness in one hit 🙌🏽✨🤩

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We need to talk about ‘talking point’ pics. Talking point pics are the ones that make people stop and do a double take, go back for another look and, yeah, slide into your messages because they need to know more.

Maybe you’re practicing tai chi, playing a ukulele, creating a stunning art piece on your iPad, doing a headstand yoga pose in the street or wrapping your hands ready for boxing (all shots we’ve taken, that have made me go back for another look 👀 check our Stories today!). Shots like these are so compelling.

Look, 5-6 photos at any one time on your dating app profile is optimum. Too few, people think you’re hiding something, too many & it’s game over as you give them too much to find fault with.

So you’ve got just 5-6 opportunities to
+ make an emotional impact
+ visually tell your story
+ and… also, importantly, intrigue people enough to reach out and ask you something or connect with you about something they see 👀

// Each one of your dating profile photos needs to bring something to the party //

So take a moment to check out your profile pics now. Which one is your ‘talking point’ pic? Answers on a postcard or in the comments, I really want to know…

And a big shout out goes out to the client I’ve been chatting with this week who’s booked Dumbo. You know who you are. You have so many exciting ideas for your shoot, I think you’re going to have a few ‘talking point’ pics to choose from 🙌🏽 And I’m so glad our Insta feed has helped you prep for your shoot. That makes me very happy.

*Tai chi photo: Kate for Hey Saturday, London

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New here? Come in, look around, stay awhile. We're creating our own brand of dating photo magic, right here. J'adoring these shots taken in Shoreditch by our London photographer, Nicole.

Photo credit: Nicole for Hey Saturday, London

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The only mantra you’ll ever need before your dating photoshoot
+ Be bold, kill boring, do ‘you’, stand out +

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