With the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) you may find yourself having to self isolate and although relaxing on the sofa for hours sounds appealing, it won’t be long until the boredom kicks in. We may not be able to provide a cure for Coronavirus but we can inspire you with some self-isolating activities to keep you ticking over.
For the latest Coronavirus information and advice please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/foreign-commonwealth-office
How long to stay at home if you have symptoms or live with someone who has symptoms
You’ll need to stay at home for 7-14 days if you have any of the symptoms of Coronavirus or have been in contact with someone who is showing symptoms. For more information about symptoms, read our blog > here
You can use your garden and also go outside to exercise but you should stay at LEAST 2 metres away from other people. Staying at home means you should:
not go to public areas including work and school
not use public transport or taxis
not have visitors in your home including friends and family
not go out to the shops – order food, medicine and anything you need online or get someone to drop them off and leave them outside your front door.
What to do to keep yourself busy in self isolation
If you are not ill and bed bound then staying at home can get boring and tedious. We’ve put together a list of 6 things to help keep you occupied.
Plan your next holiday
The Foreign Office has advised to avoid all non-essential travel abroad, including Europe, the US and Asia. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t plan your next trip ahead or even book it. Many people are taking full advantage of discounted prices and savings during this time. You can secure a fantastic price NOW and travel later when everything has blown over. Wondering how to secure a great deal? READ MORE HERE! Additionally, book with even more confidence and make sure your holiday is ATOL protected to prevent you from losing any money or becoming stranded if there are any issues or the travel company you booked with collapses. For more information on ATOL protection read our blog here > Have you checked if your holiday is ATOL protected?
Plan your next holiday by:
Choosing your destination and deciding when you’re going and who you’re going with
Do some research on what you can do there and make a list of the things you’d like to do
Check your passport is still in date and if there are any visa requirements
Ensure your holiday is protected and sort out travel insurance
Book your trip!
Netflix and chill
Make the most of starting that series you’ve always wanted to binge on or watching that film you’ve been thinking about for ages. There really is no better time. You can also use some FREE trials on other platforms such as Amazon Prime, HeyU and Stan. Netflix also has an add-on called Netflix Party, which is a streaming platform and virtual chat room that allows users to engage with friends and watch films and television shows at the same time. Even in self isolation you’ll never feel alone!
Working out at home can be just as effective as going to the gym. For some people, the idea of going to the gym is daunting anyway and therefore exercising at home is much more appealing and popular. In self isolation you can still use your garden so you don’t have to just work out inside. With hundreds of YouTube tutorials, articles online and workout videos there really is no excuse not to keep fit and busy! Plus, regular exercise is also known to have a positive impact on your overall mood. So, if you’re feeling down about what’s going on in the world right now, exercising can really help to lift your mood.
Find yourself short of time to start that book you’ve been wanting to read? There’s no better time than now! If you can’t get to the shops there are thousands of online books to choose from which you can even read from your smartphone. Find a book so absorbing you’ll forget you’re even in self isolation!
Learn a new skill
With more time on your hands than you’d usually have, why not learn a new skill? Maybe you’ve always wanted to learn to play an instrument, learn a new language or learn to paint. You can just about learn to do anything with the help of friends, family, books and online resources. Feel like you’ve accomplished something by turning a negative into a positive. It’s time to start ticking off your goals!
You may not be able to go on holiday at the moment, but you can create your own mini trip in your garden. Set up a tent, roast some marshmellows on a fire and sleep under the stars! Getting some fresh air will do you good anyway and it’s also a great idea to keep children entertained. Not only would be it fun, but also affordable!
Look after your health and wellbeing during this time but also feel like you’ve achieved something. There are various activities to get stuck into and new things to learn to keep you busy.
Most importantly, stay safe!