It’s not easy contemplating two weeks of lockdown at home, especially if you aren’t able to work from home, and love interaction with other people, but it is something that we have been heavily advised to do if we are tested positive or have been close to someone or somewhere that is a hot spot for the virus. This is mostly for the sake of the vulnerable and elderly, of course, we have to do the right thing for others.
I thought that it would be a good idea to write a little blog on how to make the most out of spending time in isolation. It could be a situation that some of us might find ourselves in soon.
I am a busy and creative person, I like to fill my time with all sorts of interesting things, so two weeks in isolation to me, and knowing that it’s just two weeks actually seems quite cosy. However, being forced to isolate may not be ideal for others.
So here are some ideas for you to keep boredom at bay and maybe get a bit creative at the same time.
20 Ways To Help You Avoid Boredom When Self Isolating
- Ask friends to lend you some books, if you don’t have enough at home. They can leave them on the doorstep for you
- Ask friends and family to loan you some extra DVD’s there are some great comedy DVD’s that we have all been brought, box sets etc you could have a cosy film box set fest one day or even day and night. You could do this, just because you can.
- Organise some online chats with friends and family, you can get some fun conversations going with a Zoom call, which is free for the first 45 mins, you can chat with a few people at the same time.
- Organise a game online, charades, guess who, or something similar to Heads Up.
- Do some online courses, such as crochet, knitting, writing, social media, business development, how to paint etc, there is so much out there, literally at your fingertips.
- Watch Netflix, so much to see, you can always ask what others love to watch, you get some great ideas from other people.
- Order some things to do online, such as calligraphy sets, mindful colouring, painting, stone painting, painting by numbers, order some creative magazines.
- Indulge yourself with some essential oils that you can use in a diffuser, such as frankincense, this has natural cold-fighting properties, such as antiseptic, astringent and anti-inflammatory, so its good for coughs etc and also eucalyptus oils for breathing and blocked noses.
- If you find your neighbours are in isolation at the same time, why not offer to share consumables with them, you might run out of a few things and vice versa, you could set up a neighbourhood Whatsapp or Facebook group to help you keep in touch with a few at a time and find out what’s needed between you.
- Google how to be creative with the food that you have left in your kitchen cupboard.
- Start writing that book you always say that you have in you, lots of guidance online.
- Do a blog/vlog following your isolation, you could share with others how you manage the two weeks period, high points and low points.
- Try out Pinterest and create your very own magazines, its such a time stealer and for all the right reasons.
- Explore your phone and all the apps that might be useful to you, that you have forgotten to use.
- Frame those photos you have always wanted to frame.
- Sort out, and date all your old photographs
- Do some research on sustainable living. If a pandemic should ever happen again, we would all be so much better off if we had a vegetable garden to get fresh produce from.
- Write some letters with your favourite pen and paper, people love to receive a handwritten letter.
- Do some research locally about local events and put them in your diary to attend in the future. Once the dates are in, you will find that you are more inclined to go.
- Go to YouTube and watch something about a subject that you have always wanted to know more about, it’s bound to be there.
I hope that you all stay CV free, I hope you don’t find yourself having to stay away from anyone for two weeks, but if you do find yourself in isolation, remember there is always Netflix and there is always chocolate and a good neighbour or friend will surely deliver some of that through the letterbox for you, even if they do have to wear rubber gloves and a mask.