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Self-isolating? 10 ways to keep you busy!

By FrenchayRAs 31 Mar 2020

1. Baking

This will occupy your mind and help you focus on what really matters, FOOD! I’m sure everyone loves brownies so, below is a quick recipe for you. I bet you’re thinking what if I don’t have the ingredients?! Despite the current food store shortages I'm almost certain that you will have these ingredients in your cupboard and fridge!

  • Ingredients:
    • 200g caster sugar
    • 112g butter, melted
    • 30g cocoa powder - (you can use the powder you’d use to make a hot chocolate!)
    • 2 eggs
    • 112g plain flour
    • ½ teaspoon of baking powder (not a necessity - but if you have this then this is a bonus!) 
  • Method:
    • Mix all ingredients in the order given.
    • Bake at 180 C / Gas mark 4 for 20 - 25 minutes in a greased baking tin.
    • Cool, and slice into equal square portions.

This aims to serve 10 portions

It’s really good to be mindful about what we’re purchasing from supermarkets, and ensuring we dodge the stockpile mind-set by only buying what’s necessary, so if you don’t have these ingredients then there are many other recipes online.

 BBC Good Food has a host of recipes using just five ingredients or less, so you can ensure you get the chance to try some fun, new meals out, whilst saving food for others.

a piece of food

2. Yoga

You can still stay physically active inside. There are many fitness videos online of yoga but of loads of other workouts too.

Yoga in particular provides the following physical benefits:

  • increased flexibility
  • increased muscle strength and tone
  • improved respiration, energy and vitality
  • weight reduction
  • cardio and circulatory health
  • improved athletic performance

Aside from the physical benefits, one of the best benefits of yoga is how it helps a person manage stress, which is so important in the current situation.

It is understood that stress can reveal itself in many ways, including back or neck pain, sleeping problems, headaches, and much more. Yoga is an effective way in developing coping skills and reaching a more positive outlook on life. Taking just 20 minutes during the day can really boost your mood.

a person jumping up in the air

3. Take up a new hobby

Be it sketching, colouring, sewing or writing.

Perhaps your mind is going stir crazy, and so your imagination is running wild. Could you be the next J.K. Rowling and produce a best seller during your isolation?! I used to write a diary which I aim to start again, writing a diary is a positive way to reflect on your day. It is great to discuss the pros and cons of your day because it will help you better yourself and look for ways to improve.

Maybe you’ve had a book on your shelf for AGES and finally you can start it! Take advantage of this time to get engrossed in a book! There are so many perks of reading:

  • Mental stimulation - you may feel as though your mind isn’t on ‘normal’ mode, that’s because you aren’t sat in Lectures or Seminars anymore meaning your mind isn’t getting stimulated as often as it usually would. A book can solve this!
  • Stress reduction
  • Passes on knowledge - e.g. vocabulary expansion.
  • Improved focus and concentration
  • I could go on!

a hand holding a book

4. Games

We’re all big kids here, and I especially am a sucker for a game! From video games to board games, I love them all! Don’t you?! You will be sure to find escapism in a game.

Being in isolation, leisure time is a given and there are so many games online ones that you can stream or download.

 5. Tidy up/ Redesign your living space

We’ve all realised the severe importance of hygiene during this time and thus it is vital that you wash your hands regularly, tidy up after cooking in the kitchen, clean handles in the house, do not leave dirty dishes on the side (clean them straight away). Overall, to be mindful of others you live with.

Moreover, it is said that spicing up your living space can be the perfect therapeutic, mind-distracting task. Rearranging furniture, organising your stationary on your desk, creating a new fun pin board layout… Since you will be in your living space for a while changing the way it looks can help refresh your brain too.

6. Look through old photos

This may sound like such a bizarre suggestion but honestly looking through your phone camera roll or photo albums of photographs can be such a lovely thing to do. As you reminisce different memories, you will remember all the happy moments that you’ve captured. You may even have a giggle, and you may even appreciate those close to you even more.

7. Listen to music or a podcast

‘Music is a therapy!’ We all know that this is DEFINITELY true. Perhaps you’ve began your new hobby or are about to begin your yoga session, what would make this more enjoyable is that perfect playlist playing in the background! Spotify is the perfect place to go for music and podcasts - they have over 50 million songs, 450,000 podcasts and 3 billion playlists.

8. Netflix

At last! You can finally binge those series that you’ve wanted to watch for so long! Unless you can’t find something that takes your fancy, click on my friend, Imogen Coombs’ article on the most underated films and series on Netflix - her suggestions might help your decision.

someone watching netflix on their bed

9. Continue with your studies

Keep up-to-date with emails from your Lecturers and aim to become familiar with the new applications being used to deliver classes.

It is so important to stay on top of all class work; understandably it can be easy to fall behind without a clear schedule anymore but to prevent this I have shared my advice below:

  • Put together a timetable- involving studies, hobbies and exercises
  • Try and stick to this to enhance productivity and routine

You are more likely to stay on task with a routine and daily planner.

a woman brushing her teeth

10. Video call your family and friends

A massive thing we all forget to do is stay in-touch with those closest to us, now that we all have time off there’s no excuse to call our family and friends. Even the shortest call can mean so much. Just to hear their face and voice can brighten up you’re the whole of your day. 

a close up of a person using a mobile phone

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