Posted by Rebekah Hutton on Tue, Apr 2020
Social distancing? Self-isolation? This is certainly uncharted territory for our society and the concept can leave us feeling stressed, overwhelmed and anxious.
When practising social distancing or when isolating it’s important we fill our days with beneficial activities will that instil us with a sense of accomplishment and contentment.
Read on for some ideas of how you can take advantage of the quiet time and get creative.
One of the hardest things about our current situation is we don’t know the extent or timeline for getting this pandemic under control. Our social events have been cancelled so planning something to look forward to is important. This could include planning an extravagant round the world trip, or simply just planning your next Victorian road trip, or overnight camping destination. You could incorporate accommodation ideas, different activities, places to eat, walking trails etc. Get creative, get organised and the time will fly.
Exercise reduces anxiety and releases endorphins. Even though we are all cooped up, it’s essential that we keep our bodies moving! Obviously, our usual fitness routines have been disrupted with gyms, health classes and fitness centres been forced to shut doors, yet this shouldn’t stop us from smashing our fitness goals to better yourself. A great way to stay active and keep your blood flowing is by gardening; you could prune, weed or get creative with a veggie garden. Luckily for us, there are plenty of digital and online fitness apps and forums to assist during this difficult time. See below for some of our favourites…
- Centr – Chris Hemsworth’s fitness app is offering 6 weeks free access
- MyFitnessPal – A diet and fitness tracker
- FIIT – 14-day trial bringing HIIT classes to your living room
- Calm – A meditation and mindfulness app
They say knowledge is power, and thankfully in modern times information is easily accessible through technology. There are thousands of courses online, many that are free, meaning you can use the additional hours spent at home to gain new skills and become qualified. From learning a new language to completing your pet first-aid course, there is a suitable project for everyone.
Starting a virtual book club is the perfect way to stay connected to friends, neighbours and family. Reading will also certainly help pass the time. A book club is an excellent motivator to make sure you finish a book, while encouraging positive discussion and sharing a wide range of perspectives.
These are just a few of the many activities and projects you can undertake during this unprecedented time. Remember to look after yourself, stay connected, self-indulge, spend time in the sun and keep smiling. Hang in there!