Inventive ways in occupying ourselves during isolation

Shauna Power

Self isolation is hard. Humans naturally crave interaction with others, so it’s only a matter of time before loneliness sets in. However, there are things you can do to create a home that repels loneliness and activities that will make you feel more connected to your friends and yourself than ever.

Building a daily routine may bring some normality into the abnormal situation we now find ourselves in. This can mean getting up at the same time each day or having daily face mask rituals. 

Pets are very important and can help us all get through the boredom of self isolation. They are great companions and the interaction with a live thing other than yourself can definitely starve off loneliness.

Trying new things (or bringing back old hobbies) makes it hard to feel lonely or bored. Occupy your time with things that feel exciting and creative such as painting, writing or reading a new/old book. This will make you feel more refreshed than lying in bed, watching Netflix for five hours straight.

Don’t physically shut yourself off from the world. Let the light in by opening up your curtains/windows. Make your outdoor area, even if it’s just a balcony, a place where you can sit and take in fresh air. This is essential in a time where you are confined to your home.

Decorating is one of the most refreshing things to curve your boredom. Start dreaming about your ideal decor and plan how you want to re-decorate each room. This will take up a lot of spare time you have.

On the other hand, if your bedroom is practically unrecognisable under a mountain of laundry or if you tend to hoard unnecessarily, it’s time to get organised. Clutter can lead to stress and impact productivity, meaning when you’re trying to do those online classes, you won’t be able to concentrate.

Meditation can be a way to release that built up energy you may be carrying. It is also proven to reduce stress and improve concentration, all of which you will need in order to maintain your sanity and be able to study from home.

Exercise your brain by teaching yourself a language you’ve always been interested in learning but could never find the time to do. There are so many resources available online that range in levels of difficulty. Duolingo’s free app is one of many that offers daily lessons in your language of choice.

Another way to keep yourself occupied is by experimenting in the kitchen. As a student we don’t normally have the time to learn how to cook and often struggle to make meals. Self-isolation gives you the time to experiment with different recipes, learn new skills in the kitchen and have fun doing so.

Remember to keep in touch with friends/family through face time daily. It’s something to look forward to and you will appreciate them even more, now that you don’t have access to them 24/7. 

When you are self-isolating it can be easy to shut yourself into your own world. If you aren’t used to spending most of your time alone, self-isolation can get a bit maddening. It may feel tricky at first but this sort of self-reliance is a good skill to have, so you may as well work on it now.

Shauna Power

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