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How to keep yourself pre-occupied during isolation

This post was written during the pandemic and contains information specific to it. I’m pretty sure everyone knows by now…

This post was written during the pandemic and contains information specific to it.

I’m pretty sure everyone knows by now about the worldwide pandemic and the big ‘C’ word. Yep, I’m talking about the Coronavirus or COVID-19.

This gigantic pandemic means we’re all stuck indoors whilst self-isolating, in order to control the spread of the virus. Some of us uni students aren’t lucky enough to be able to go home straight away, maybe you’re struggling with the practicalities, and for whatever the reason, you’re stuck in your uni room with not much to do apart from go mentally insane. I’m here to provide a list of activities you could do to pre-occupy yourself with, to avoid that dreaded insanity.

1. Do your uni work

With the pandemic being the only thing anybody’s talking about and classes being online, it’s easy to forget we are actually still at uni and we do have work to do… myself included!

Work from home?
I don’t even work from work.

— ASH (@mindthiskapoor) March 18, 2020

2. Spring clean

If there ever was a perfect time to tidy your room, it would be while you’re stuck inside. So take this opportunity to give your living space the spring clean it’s needed all year.

3. Facetime

Although you can’t see your friends and family in person due to social distancing, it’s really important for your mental health that you stay in touch with your loved ones. There’s nothing stopping you picking up the phone and talking to them for an hour or so.

Quarantine got me FaceTiming all my friends like 3 times a day

— z (@ZainnnAK) March 19, 2020

4. Hobbies

This is the perfect opportunity to take up hobbies that you once loved again. You have ample of time to write, read, paint, draw. We’d love to see what you’re getting up to, so don’t forget to tag Student Life on Twitter or Instagram!

5. Organise

This is a great time to organise those things you’ve been putting off for a long time. For me, I’ve been meaning to clean my makeup brushes for absolutely ages. You could even clean out your camera roll, no doubt you’ve got loads of photos of old lecture notes.

6. Netflix

You know those shows you keep saying you’d watch? Binge, binge, binge. (That’s all I have to say about this one.)

Comic strip of self-isolation against the coronavirus.
Comic strip credit: xkcd.com

Most importantly – stay safe. We’re all in this together (high school musical pun intended) so stay indoors, wash your hands, stay hydrated and we can end this sooner rather than later.

Here is some more information and updates on the current status of COVID-19.