Self-Isolation Pt. 1

I’ve been self-isolating for a week now, since we were given the option from work to come in or stay home (paid, which is nice). As I was done with customers coming in and coughing on all of us, and readily willing to take the advice of doctors and researchers, self-isolation is where I’m at. Luckily, I’ve been feeling pretty good physically, but it’s time like this where I know I’m not the only one who is feeling stressed and a bit anxious. I will probably be doing a few blog posts on self-isolation but I figure I’d start with how to spend your time wisely.

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First off, for anyone who can work from home or has full-time school (albeit online), you are lucky because that will at least eat up the majority of your Monday to Fridays. My school program is online and because it’s a masters, I tend to need to spend 2-3 hours a day on it (some days a bit more depending on what is due that week). I find this helpful for getting through it. I’ve also signed up for a number of volunteer shifts, each 2 hours in length. I volunteer at Kids Help Phone as a Crisis Text Responder. This means I can do it all online from the comfort of my house. That being said, I know that everyone may not have these options.

IMG_6112Keeping busy.

I strongly suggest setting up a routine. Same or similar wake up time each day (if you were previously working, maybe the time you’d normally get up). I get up between 7 and 7:30 each morning, have a shower, and make coffee/breakfast. At some point during the day I go for a walk. Since Canada isn’t on lockdown, it’s a great way to get exercise and fresh air while social distancing – if you choose a day of time and/or place to walk that is not busy! I also do a few exercise routines in doors that work my muscles groups. My goal is to have rocking abs by the end of this. Exercise is one way to keep busy but won’t take up all of your day, and you’ll want to rotate your muscle groups, maybe throw in some yoga (Youtube is a great source for this). What else can you do?

E72BF251-F9C0-484F-A8EE-08D38AAAB7FBGot out my sax for the first time in a while.

Meditate. Guided meditations that are 10-20 minutes long are fantastic, especially if you’re feeling stressed or anxious. Other types of self-care are also great – bubble baths, DIY manis and pedis, whatever you enjoy. If you play an instrument, now is the time to get a lot of practicing in, maybe learn a few new songs. If you like to draw, paint or just do arts and crafts, that is a great way to spend your time. READING! One of my faves. If you don’t have a ton of books, just read 2 chapters a day even (though bookstores are still shipping and libraries have ebooks you can rent). Cook and clean. Yes, household chores can be mundane but you can really enhance those cooking skills now, and I’ve reorganized parts of my house I never have time to! Learn a new language. There’s lots of content online as well as apps that are great. Video chat with friends and family. I video chat with my parents every day, and with at least one friend every day (I will definitely be doing a future post on this).

IMG_6111Find Yoga and Guided Meditations on Youtube!

The point is, we can keep ourselves busy if we try. And this is coming from someone who is single, lives alone (with just my pup, as my roommate is staying with her family). Limiting time on Netflix and video games is ultimately healthier, though spending a bit of time on these activities is totally fine. I don’t have kids, but I imagine that keeping them busy is also time consuming but probably great to spend more quality time with them.

IMG_6116Image from Simon’s Cat (Instagram)

Remember, if we follow the recommendations on self-isolating and social distancing, we will get through this sooner. Take care everyone!