60 things to do during self-isolation
Unless you've been hiding under a rock (which if you are, stay there) you've probably heard of the global spread of coronavirus. I'm not here to riddle the facts (nearly 200,000 cases world-wide), add to the growing fear and panic (please don't go out and buy 90 rolls of toilet paper, sharing is caring) or update on the better news of this pandemic (nearly 82,000 recovered ✨) because it's not my expertise.
That said, something I like to believe I am privy to is knowing how to make nearly any space cozy, enjoy some of the more simpler pleasures of life and get super comfortable in little to no company. Upon cancelling the final two weeks of my trip abroad and one of three very long flights home, I drafted up a list of things to do in isolation (knowing upon arriving home I'd be advised to do so despite visiting and travelling home from and through level 1 countries).
Before diving in, I want to take a quick second to explain why social distancing and staying at home during this time is so important, whether you think you're at risk of getting sick or not...
Many people that have the virus aren't experiencing symptoms for a number of days in the beginning. So let's say you had it, or interacted closely with someone who did, and then you went about your day normally interacting with 10 different people, those 10 would then carry it to another 10 creating a quick rippling effect. The problem with so many people contracting the virus so quickly (no need to panic, there's a >%4 death rate of the virus) is that it spikes the amount of people then needing medical help, assistance or medications. Social distancing and self-isolation helps to flatten that curve so that our systems have time to keep up with the pace of the spread.
"Flattening the curve refers to using protective practices to slow the rate of COVID-19 infection so hospitals have room, supplies and doctors for all of the patients who need care."
Source: Hopkins Medicine
Elderly people as well as those with medical conditions (especially that of the immune system or respiratory kind) have a higher risk of danger contracting the virus. Even if you know and believe yourself to be fine, let's keep our best friends grandparents, our neighbours child and our health care systems safe by taking precautionary measures now.
Why not take the opportunity to close your doors and go inside both physically and metaphorically?
Take a chapter for your spirit and a page from your lifetime novel to slow down life, simplify your daily needs and do a little soul work while we give the world a chance to catch it's breath.
Here's 60 things you can do during self-isolation
- Read, read, read -- I've got a reading list coming out next
- Make playlists of your favourite songs
- Beat a new video game
- Have a shameless Netflix marathon (I restarted Vampire Diaries on the plane because why not)
- Write that book you've been thinking about
- Play around with indoor photography
- Play board games with loved ones or cards/puzzles with yourself
- Cook yourself a lavish dinner or master a new recipe
- Take up journalling or start a new bullet journal
- Finally cave-in to the masses and start posting Tik Tok videos
- Catch up on your favourite Youtube channels
- Start your own Youtube channel
- Learn how to sketch
- Do some yoga
- Do a long guided or solo meditation (I bet you'll hit some deep places)
- Build the childhood fort of your dreams
- Have an indoor picnic
- Research something you've always wanted to (astrology, quantum physics, plant-based diets, how to start a business, literally anything)
- Go social-media or technology free for a day
- Learn a new language
- Learn a new instrument
- Deep clean your entire house
- Revamp your style and colour coordinate your closet
- Have a self-care, home-spa day (body scrubs, treatments, go all out)
- Finally declutter and clear off your phone and laptop
- Write letters or poems for the people you love
- Make (or update) a dream board
- Take a loooooong bubble bath (shuffle up that new playlist, read a new book or watch a favourite show/movie of yours)
- Watch all the best movie classics (or Disney classics/Scary movie classics if you've already done this)
- Rearrange and redecorate your bedroom... or your entire house
- Start a memory book or box of your life
- Have a bake/cook off via FaceTime with a friend
- Finally organize and strategize your finances
- Order your favourite meal and have a solo date night (or a doggy-date night with your furry friend)
- Watch the world from your window (this one sounds weird but it's actually a really relaxing way to meditate)
- Create a new look by playing around with hair, makeup and your clothes
- Dig deep into a new conspiracy theory or unsolved murder
- Learn a new dance sequence online
- Travel using google maps (this is more fun than it sounds)
- Inspire yourself with ted-talk videos
- Pull out some art and crafts and make some DIY's
- Throw a mini-isolation-party (we're talking a few people also doing isolation with you -- make sure you don't all go off separately and join other isolation parties or groups of people because that will defeat the purpose)
- Try out a new podcast
- Learn how to knit, do the moonwalk or juggle
- Start a blog and start daily documenting
- Go for a long drive or hike/walk somewhere isolated in nature
- Play indoor soccer/basketball/ping-pong/etc.
- Spend a day naked (a really fun way to fall back in love with your skin, bonus points if you feel prompted to take some spicy pics in your spare time.. you ain't got to send them to take them/appreciate them)
-- or if you're isolating with your SO...*ok google, play Sexual Healing by Marvin Gaye*
- Do some online networking (or online shopping... but consciously -- perhaps some materials for those DIY's?)
- Try going spend-free for a week
- Call up a family member you haven't talked to in a while
- Catch up on sleep
- Look into your family tree/roots
- Reminisce on childhood photos, videos and memories
- Write letters to your future children
- Plan next years vacation
- Invent your own card game or build your own board game
- Start a new challenge (makeup free, plant based eating, no coffee, morning meditations, at home-workouts, start a swear jar, etc.)
- Make a game-plan to change your life (things to do, goals to set, ideas to activate)
- Or if you like your life, just give your soul something it's asking for (sit quietly and just see what you feel most compelled to do or yearning for, then get to it)
Alright, let's see how many of these we can knock off in these next few weekly vlogs.
Got any ideas to add to the list?
Sending all of you lots of love and light during this weird time. Maybe the world needed to slow us down and take a break to reflect.
To think about the things that matter most, appreciate our health and our loved ones, enjoy our own company and prepare ourselves for our next season. When the sun comes back up and we all exit our comfort caves, perhaps we might find the world a bit of a better place.
I'll be working on some extra content in the meantime so you know whether you're alone through this or not, you've got this Koze corner to keep you company digitally.
Until then, stay healthy and light!
We're all in this together... literally ✨