Being isolated at home as a result of your condition can be challenging, especially if you’re used to a busy and active lifestyle. Even without the advent of serious viruses in our environment, many people with chronic illnesses still need to isolate in order to protect themselves. However, this doesn’t mean you have to be bored or unoccupied during this time. In fact, it’s a great opportunity to engage in new activities, improve your skills, and focus on self-care. From reading and writing, to exercising and cooking, there are many things you can do to stay productive and entertained while isolating at home. This list provides suggestions to help inspire you and keep you motivated during this time.
- Read a book or start a new hobby, such as painting, drawing, or writing.
- Watch movies or TV shows, either on streaming services or from a physical collection.
- Exercise or do yoga, using online tutorials or pre-recorded videos.
- Cook or bake something new and try out new recipes.
- Declutter and reorganise your living space for a more comfortable environment.
- Play video games or board games with family or friends over video call.
- Start a garden, either indoor or outdoor, and grow your own herbs or vegetables.
- Learn a new language or instrument using online courses or tutorials.
- Meditate or practice mindfulness to reduce stress and improve mental health.
- Take online courses or workshops to improve skills or learn something new.
- Connect with friends and family over video call or messaging to maintain social connections.
- Write in a journal or create a scrapbook to document your experiences and memories.
- Listen to music or podcasts to pass the time and stay entertained.
- Participate in online events, such as virtual concerts or trivia nights.
- Volunteer your time and skills to support others in need, such as through virtual tutoring or volunteering for a charity organisation.
- Spend time outdoors, if possible, for fresh air and exercise.
- Research and plan future travel or adventures.
- Engage in virtual tourism by visiting museums, galleries, and other attractions through online tours.
- Start a personal project, such as writing a book or creating a website, to work towards a long-term goal.
Remember to stay active if you can, connect with others, and engage in activities that make you happy. The key is to maintain a healthy balance of rest and activity to support your overall well-being during this time.