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Turning the lockdown into an opportunity

With many of us in isolation, lockdown or simply finding more time on our hands due to COVID-19, it might be easy to go a little stir crazy.
So why not use this time productively in some way, you could improve your knowledge or fix up your archery gear, maybe make some new arrows. The thing is the possibilities are endless and it can help your mental health too.
With this in mind I thought I might post a list of different things you could do based on some articles I’ve written over the years.
Catch up on your reading
The other week I posted a list of books I have reviewed and wanted to share, not all archery related, but I think are worth a read Home isolation opportunities
P.S. John Hudson has just put out a book as a free download on how to survive a pandemic. Don’t worry its not a survival guide more about simple advice like don’t get hung up on every news report. (https://www.johnhudsonsurvival.com/)
Arrow making and repairs

If you have somewhere safe to be able to shoot, I’ve included a couple of links to some simple tips on range based exercises.

This is a tough time for many of us, largely because we are both social creatures and enjoy spending time outdoors enjoying our chosen hobby.

One thing I have found has helped me is unplugging from social media or rather the constant updates, news reports etc. I’ve taken to switching the phone off for a few hours and going to do some digging in the garden, reading a book or doing some online learning / research on topics that interest me. I feel better for doing this and having some down time.

Sure I’m still using Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp to keep in touch with friends and family. I’ve even got my 77 year old Mam on WhatsApp! The important thing is I’m not letting the constant deluge of stories fill my new found free time.

Stay safe and thanks for reading.
Coffee and good book

Literature review – How to survive by John Hudson

How to Survive: Lessons for Everyday Life from the Extreme World

How to Survive: Lessons for Everyday Life from the Extreme World

Okay so this isn’t an archery related book but I was curious about this book when I saw it advertised a few months back. I had been a fan of John Hudson after first seeing him a series called Survive That and then on an episode of Ed Stafford series: First man out. Nicknamed the Professor by his fellow presenters on Survive That. He comes across as a most capable individual who uses his very calm head to survive what ever situation he finds himself in.

John Hudson Bio image

I have to say the book was not a disappointment, as I found it a very easy read and strangely relaxing to read at times too. If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen me post about sitting under a tree with a cup of coffee reading the book, whilst waiting for a group of students to arrive for their archery lesson.
Unlike other survival books it is not technical or heavy in content on how to light a fire or build a shelter. Actually to be completely accurate the appendix at the back does give a great breakdown of how to plan and start a fire, with the second one detailing igloo construction. So there are some survival techniques.
Instead of focusing on techniques, it focuses on the mindset of the survivor. Nor is the books an autobiography of Johns life or a guide to survival technique which John is an expert, but something I think, no feel is potentially far more useful. It explores survival stories and at the end of each chapter summaries elements with the last chapters looking at how we can apply strategies to modern life.
I think because of this I found it a really good read and a book I have gone back to, to reread parts and chapters, which I think is what John intended when he wrote the book. I have found myself making notes from his summaries on more than one occasion. One of the things I quite like is his survival triangle Hope, Plan and Work.

Survival triangle

I feel he wants you to read it and reflect on the content, applying the knowledge. It has certainly made me think about things and how ideas might be applied.
For those interested here are the details. My copy is a hard back, I’m afraid I don’t know if a paper back version is out
Title: How to Survive: Lessons for Everyday Life from the Extreme World
Author: John Hudson
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN10: 1509833560
ISBN13: 978-1509833566
I think this is a great stocking filler or maybe a survival guide for the festive season, so well done Professor.
Thanks for reading.
PS the next article on Target Panic will be out in a couple of days I just wanted to get this out as I thought it might be a good Christmas present