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14 ways to make the most of self-isolation

Need some ideas of things to do whilst self-isolating? Time is our most valuable resource and we’ve been given a whole wad of it. If you’re like me you won’t want to waste it!

When we’re out of our normal routine the days can start blending into one, ‘is it Wednesday today?’ can become a familiar phrase. So, try to plan your days and add a bit of structure, but don’t forget to have a little fun to keep some of that stress & anxiety away.

Reflection

As we approach the end of the first quarter of the year, now is a great time to reflect. Think about the goals you set at the start of the year, are you on track? Do any areas need a little more work?

You could also write down anything in your life that you’re currently not happy with or want to change and then make a plan with the steps you need to take to change it.

There are also 100s of free podcasts and apps to download to help with reflection and meditation. I personally like the Calm app which has sleep stories, focus music and podcasts and guided meditation. The app is free, but there is also an optional subscription.

Connection

Social distancing may now be a thing, but you can still check in on friends and family. A phone call can let someone know that you care and are thinking of them. There is also free video call software such as Zoom or Skype which can help you feel more connected to your loved ones whilst keeping yourself and them safe.

Level up your skills

Now is the perfect time to invest in yourself and level up your skillset. If you want to get better at using Adobe photoshop or perfect your IT skills, a platform such as LinkedIn Learning (included in our membership) could be perfect for you.

You could also try an online learning course, such as those offered by The Centre of Excellence who offer a variety of courses from aromatherapy to zoology.

If you want to learn how to set up your very own online business our learning platform could help, sign up for the free training here.

Learn something new

If there’s something you’ve always wanted to learn to do, but never had the time, this is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.

Here’s a list of things you could learn:

  • A new language. The Duolingo app is fantastic!
  • A new Instrument. You can buy an instrument and beginner learning books from Amazon.
  • Some crafting skills. Why not try woodwork, jewellery making or scrapbooking?
  • Programming.
  • Online marketing
  • Video editing
  • DIY

Read a book

Libraries might be shut, but you’ve probably got some books lying around the house that you’ve not got around to reading yet. If not, the Kindle app is free to download and the is 1000s of books available to download from Amazon (price per book varies).

Create some Art

Doing art can help alleviate feelings of stress and anxiety. Skillshare is a great platform for creatives to learn new techniques and skills, YouTube also has hundreds of tutorials for free!

Arts and craft stores may be closed, but many of them still have their online stores open. Amazon is also a great place to grab any crafty essentials.

Gardening

You can still enjoy the fresh Spring air from your own back garden (but check your local guidelines), and now is the time to be weeding, mowing the grass and tidying up the flower beds.

If you need some new plants but the garden centres and stores are closed, some websites will deliver flowers, trees and plant pots directly to your door.

Declutter

Try using this extra time to kick start your spring cleaning. Pull out things from cupboards and wardrobes and see if you can reduce your ‘stuff’. Disinfect anything you want to donate to charity and set them aside until the stores open again or check if the charity can collect from your doorstep.

If you need motivation to clean, type cleaning or decluttering into YouTube and prepare to be amazed by the enthusiasm some people can have for tidying up! I like these videos.

Games

Okay, so this might not be the most productive use of your time, but its good for stress relief. You can play video or card games with your household which could be a great way to bond. Or play video games if that’s your thing.

Animal Crossing has just been released on the Nintendo Switch and it looks amazing!

Baking

Channel your inner Mary Berry and learn how to bake something fancy. Depending on the egg situation in your local area, you may need to choose recipes that don’t use eggs. Why not use the opportunity to try some vegan recipes? Like these Vegan Chocolate Brownies.

Exercise

If you use a Fitbit/Garmin you’ve probably noticed one of two things since being in isolation. Either your step count has gone down because you’re stuck indoors, or if you’re like me it’s actually gone up because you’re pottering around the house all day instead of sitting on your bum in an office.

Either way, with a bit of effort you can get yourself into shape in your own home with no special equipment required. Joe Wicks is currently running Live YouTube workouts (aimed at kids) on weekdays, but YouTube is full of workout videos for grown-ups too.

The Body Coach skill for the Alexa is also free and is an amazing workout.

This is probably the earliest you’ve ever started working towards your beach body 😉.

Pamper yourself

We are living in a stressful time. No one knows how bad the situation with Covid will get, there’s a lot of confusion at the moment and it can feel like no one has the answers to the questions you’re asking. It’s frustrating I know. That’s why it’s so important to look after your self right now, not just physically but mentally as well.

Try giving yourself a pamper day. Have a bath, use a face mask, paint your nails and ask your significant other to give you a massage.

Plan a stay-at-home date night

If you do have a partner you may be learning for the first time how to spend all day in each other’s company. Not easy, even for the most patient amongst us.

A regular date night once (or twice) a week can help you feel more connected and help you both de-stress. If you need some stay-at-home date night ideas check out this post.

Start a business

Maybe you’ve been sitting on a business idea for a while, or maybe you’ve never really thought about it before but the idea of writing your own paycheck intrigues you.

Now you’ve got the time, why not try putting some of those plans into action or doing a little research into the possibilities.

If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed, our online platform will show you exactly how to create a profitable online business and our community will be there to support you every step of the way. We also offer a 30-day money-back guarantee, so it’s completely risk-free. Sign up for the free training videos here.

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