Top 10 things to do when you need to self isolate.

As COVID-19 takes hold globally, whole nations are cut off, and travellers are required to go into self-isolation. Many are asking what they are to do with themselves during 14 days without going out or any human contact except for family members.

Now is the perfect time to do all those things we say we never have time for. How many of us complain we need more hours in the day?

In the spirit of always looking for a silver lining, below is a list of things to do while in self-isolation:

  1. Build your exercise regime: Yes, you can work out at home. No, you do not need fancy equipment. Use this time to start the habit. 

You do not need to get up at 5:00 am because you are not going to work, but you can get up at 7:00 am and use a number of apps that are available: Nike Fit Club, Studio (these are the two apps I use when I travel), or Peloton.

 Or start a 30-day fitness challenge. You will be halfway through by the time your self-isolation is complete, and it will help your body build up an immunity. 

  1. Read or Write: How many books do you have stacked next to your bed, magazines stuffed in the corner (Do people still buy magazines?), articles saved on Feedly, or unlistened to books on Audible? Grab a coffee, a tall glass or water, or a martini and get cracking. 

Alternatively, have you always had that great novel inside of you? You have two weeks to make a start. It is often cited that Jack Kerouac’s On the Road was written in three weeks and Fyodor’s Dostoyevsky’s The Gambler was written in 26 days. Begin by writing that first sentence and then just keep going.   

  1. Learn: Whether it be a new language, how to knit, or how to cook, there are so many how to videos on YouTube or TikTok. If you want something more structured, there are countless online tutorials on websites like 
  1. Netflix and Chill: How many shows do you have saved in My List? It’s time to make some popcorn and get started. 
  1. Make Babies: I am sure everyone has seen this meme floating around the internet. 
  1. Complete a Home Improvement Project: Fix that leaky tap, oil that squeaky door, weed that overgrown garden, turn your pantry into pantry porn good enough for Pinterest, or paint that door. 
  1. Project Inbox 0: Clean out your email inbox, both work and personal. Best to do this in small chunks though. Otherwise, you may turn into a blubbering mess.  

Also, unsubscribe from all those newsletters you no longer read. It will save you time and money in the long run. 

  1. Audit Your Wardrobe, Pantry, Linen Closet, or Life: What do you need, what can you get rid of, and what needs to be repaired? 
  1. Stop: Stare out the window and let your mind wander. Where does it take you? 
  1. Sleep: It’s time to play catch up.


Wrapping Up

Remember that if any of this requires supplies from the outside world, have everything delivered so not to spread the contagion, and ensure you keep at least 1 metre away from anyone.

You may feel fine and be young and healthy, so you do not need to worry. But that doesn’t exclude the other members of the population who are not so young. Do your bit.