Oh, how the world has changed.
Most of the things we usually did, we no longer do them due to the current situation but this is not the time to despair and be wary but to embrace the change and thrive in it.
If history has taught us anything, it is that it is always repeated which is a good thing in my books. Why? Because we can look through history and pick the lessons we need and learn from them. For example, we’ve learnt from the deadliest pandemics to hit the world that in order to stop the spread of any pandemic, we must all self-isolate as well as quarantine the sick.
Self-isolating can be a daunting task especially when one thinks of doing it for a long period of time but fear not, I have come up with 11 things you can get yourself busy with while in self-isolation.
STICK TO YOUR REGULAR MORNING ROUTINES
During this period, It’s so easy to let your normal routines go to nought but I believe you should actually stick to them. This helps to give you a sense of normalcy. If you usually wake up at 6 am and take a shower to get ready for work, do the same even if work is just a few steps away.
There is a reason why meditation is raved about, it’s a practice that helps you get a healthy sense of perspective. You get a better understanding of your thoughts and feelings and learn to observe them without judgement.
Try meditating every morning before you start your day, take at most 10 minutes to sit your thoughts. I use my meditation time to pray and be thankful for the situation I’m in and ask for strength to take on the day.
Yes, I know some of us aren’t fitness buffs and don’t like exercising but do you know that exercising for just 20 minutes a day keeps you feeling pumped? And also helps to keep the fat at bay. Pick a time convenient for you. I love exercising before my evening shower because it helps me sleep better at night. You don’t need to go full-on Shaun T insanity workout (but you can if you want to), you could do a dance track and there are loads of work out videos out there.
If you have a bath in the house take time off to just soak in your bath for at least 20 minutes to relax. It helps to calm you down. These 20 minutes should be away from your phone, you don’t need to spend this time scrolling through social media, emails or the news. Just close your eyes and enjoy the moment. If you can get your hands on some good soothing bath gels, please go for it, you’ll thank me later.
READ A BOOK
This is the time to grab those books you’ve been wanting to read. Spend your nights with your nose in a book.
My faves at the moment are
- Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
- Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper
- Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo
- What it means when a man falls from the Sky by Lesley Nneka Amirah
LEARN A NEW SKILL
If you’ve ever been looking for the right time to learn a new skill, now is it. There’s never been a better time to do so. There are so many online courses out there suited to whatever it is you want to.
If you are into the Arts, Masterclass has different courses taught by some of the world’s greatest. If you are into the sciences, you have Udemy and LinkedIn learning. You can also check out YouTube for amazing tutorials that span many topics.
MAKE A BUCKET LIST
I tell you this is such a humbling time. There have been many “I should have”, “I could have” and “I would have” passing through my mind so I have decided to make a bucket list of all the things I want to do and I think you should as well.
Write down all the things you’ve dreamt of doing and when this is over, work towards achieving them. Write everything down, don’t think anything is too crazy or too shallow, and when we are out of here, go, do all of them and tick them off your list.
WRITE LETTERS TO YOURSELF
This might sound weird, but right now, it would have been hilarious or humbling to read what I had to say when I was sixteen. With that in mind, I have decided to write letters to myself during this period, detailing my day and expressing my feelings. In a few years, when I forget this time we are in, I can go back and read my letters and thank God for all that he’s done for the world.
DECLUTTER AND CURATE
Now is also a great time to go through your stuff and declutter your space. Get rid of things you haven’t used in ages and make note of the ones you are using and why you love them. This will help act as a guide when you are buying new things as well as curb excessive spending. For a while now, I have been wanting to declutter my wardrobe and now is the perfect time for me to do so. I am now on the journey of buying things I only need.
CALL A FRIEND
Call your friend babe, we are in an age where this can be done seamlessly. Call that babe or guy you know will give you some inspiring words or will just make you smile for the littlest things.
START A THING
Have you been dreaming of starting something new? Start it now. You have time on your hands, you don’t have any social obligations to fulfil, you don’t need that extra hour to get ready for work, so why don’t you use this extra time to invest in that thing you’ve always wanted to do or learn. Go get it now.