5 things to do in self-isolation

March 23, 2020 Sandra Dawes

As an introvert, I feel like I’ve been training for this my whole life! 😉 I know this isn’t everyone’s comfort zone, however, so I thought I’d put together a list of possible activities to help you if you’re in quarantine, self-imposed or otherwise. I should warn you that this list might have an introvert’s bias… 😉

  1. If you like having conversations and aren’t camera shy, go ahead and do a Facebook or Instagram live video. Talk about how you’re feeling or what you’re doing to cope with keeping yourself isolated. Or you could choose to talk about something completely different! The choice is yours 🙂
  2. If video isn’t your thing, then try journaling about your experiences and feelings during this time. You can share them on a blog or social media or you could choose to keep it to yourself. Either way, writing down your thoughts and feelings during this time can be helpful.
  3. Write that book! Many of us have always wanted to write a book and have not been able to find the time to get started. What better time to start working on your book, than now! You don’t have to have the entire thing done by the time self-isolation is over, but at least you will have started 🙂
  4. Find an e-learning course on a subject you want to learn more about. Again, time is something that we often complain we don’t have, but if there’s anything this pandemic has offered us, it’s time. We’re being asked not to socialize and many workplaces have closed temporarily. You might have kids or other family members at home, but that doesn’t mean you can’t put aside some time to learn something new or go deeper on a subject you’re already familiar with.
  5. Take time out for some inner work. Start a gratitude journal, do a vision board or write your bucket list. There are lots of great ways to gain clarity and maintain a positive mindset. If you need to, use this time to pause, reset and plan your next steps.

Everything comes down to choice. You can choose to see this time as an aggravation, a disruption to “normal” life. You can also choose to see this as an opportunity to slow down, reconnect and reset. The reality is that you can’t do anything about the changes we’re experiencing right now. The only thing we can do is decide how we’re going to deal with what’s going on. Instead of worrying about things that are out of our control, let’s choose to remain calm.

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