10 Things To Do To Pass The Time During Self-Isolation

In troubling times one must strive to stay physically and mentally healthy in a productive mater, and so this list tries to help with just that.

Self-isolation is not necessarily fun even if you consider yourself a hardcore introvert. It can be very frustrating to stay at home all day, but many people accept it for the protection of themselves and others. More and more restrictions are being put into place as the quarantining of everyone becomes vital in stopping the spread and destruction of the Covid-19 disease. There are many limits when one has to stay home for a very long period of time, but amidst these new limitations, there is more time to do old and new activities. In troubling times one must strive to stay physically and mentally healthy in a productive mater, and so this list tries to help with just that.

10. Playing Games

#10 Playing Games

Play board or card games with anyone you may live with. If you get bored with them, find creative ways to spice up the games with new rules or create new games altogether. There is also an endless amount of role-playing games to play either in person or online like on the website It boosts creativity and has endless replayability as you can roleplay and create stories in whole new worlds all within your seat. There are also video games done in person and online with games like VR Chat being a great online socializing platform even if you don’t have virtual reality gear.

9. Study and Enjoy Music, TV shows, and Movies

Music has a healing effect during times of stress. Image credit: Johannes Plenio from Pixabay

If you enjoy listening to music and watching shows and movies then there is more time to enjoy these forms of media. But it also leaves more time to dig deeper into analyzing them which deepens your respect and enjoyment from them. This also comes handy if want to create your own music, short film, video, animation, and more. You can pick up practicing a musical instrument or camera at home if you have them, and there are some great cheap or free music creation and video editing software on the internet to try out too.

8. Learn a New Language

Learning a new language is a great way to spend time during the lockdown. Image credit: Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Learning a new language takes time and dedication and now it becomes a lot easier to slide into the habit of learning it with all the extra free time. You won’t necessarily learn a new language within a few days, but if you develop a strong habit of practicing it constantly then the practice will stick to you stronger during and once your self-isolation is over. If you are already learning a new language then there is plenty of time to practice even more.

7. Clean and Organize

Spend time cleaning home and enjoy the clean space afterwards. Image credit: Gustavo Fring from Pexels

It might sound boring to many people, but it can be very satisfying to have a clean and organized house, apartment, or even a room; especially if you held it on the back burner for a while. After all, in self-isolation, you will see the same walls much more often than ever before and a newly organized and remodeled living space can breathe new life into something you might be so used to before. 

6. Arts and Crafts

Practicing your talent and creating new art and craft can be very satisfying. Image credit: Bridgesward from Pixabay

Picking up a cheap art media allows you to get your creative juices flowing and to hone in new and old ways to express yourself. You don’t need to have a lot of fancy or expensive art supplies to start drawing for example. A simple pen, pencil, any paper, and your imagination will do and it doesn’t have to be perfect either. For most people, it’s a great hobby to relax, and as for skilled veterans, there is plenty more time to develop their craft.

5. Talking to People you may Live with and Socializing on the Phone and Internet

Catching up with family can be really rewarding.

It does not matter how much you socialize, it is very clear that everyone needs it in varying degrees as it keeps our mental health in good shape. Of course, it is difficult to do so now than ever, but there are solutions to it. Talk more to the people you live with and try to settle any old scores with them since they will be the majority of your face to face interaction. Bickering over anything is not helpful in serious times as there is a much bigger problem looming over all of us. And of course, there are talking to people through messaging and voice call either on the phone or through the internet to reach out to loved ones without the need for physical interaction.

4. Read

One of the oldest forms of entertainment - books are great companions during leisurely time. Image credit: Public Co from Pixabay

In today’s internet age, it can be very difficult to have one’s attention hold on for very long with the massive amount of information flooding every bit of our internet lives through advertisements, social media, news, and more. But now there is a chance to reclaim that long and deep attention span that many of us have lost over time by trying to reading more. Curling up with a great fiction or non-fiction book can be a great way to learn more about the world in a format that our society gave less importance to with the rise of the internet.

3. Write

You do not need to be an experienced writer to write. Maybe this is time to discover the hidden writer in you. You never know. Image credit: Expresswriters from Pixabay

Writing is a very open-ended hobby and practice that can be very liberating to even those who don’t usually write that much at all. Journaling is a great way for many to vent one’s problems and make solutions clearer since it helps to slow down your thought process. If you are feeling creative, poems and novels can do the same but with the added effect of a story and literary devices.

2. Create Plans and Routines/Organize your life

Plan your life and decide your future strategies and goals during this time. Image credit: Pexels from Pixabay

Almost everyone in their lives will feel greatly overburdened with something sooner or later. While self-isolation can cause many more problems like not going to work and a huge lack of human interaction, it does give us plenty of time to think. Now is the time to think and plan productively on how to achieve your goals in life in the long term while the short term day to day life slows down greatly to many people. You can plan a new exercise routine, strengthen your mental health, become more financially stable, develop your skills, and so much more. Setting up any routine will help to fill up your time and help to keep you mentally healthy.

1. Learn New Things

Learning to play a new musical instrument is a great way to spend your time in a fruitful manner. Image credit: Free-Photos from Pixabay

You learn something new every day and with a rapidly changing world, there is plenty to learn about. If you are reading this article, then you clearly understand the power and vast quantities of knowledge on the internet, and that’s no surprise. But many quality learning services on the internet are becoming more available. For example, many learning platforms like news articles or history academic sources are now being very cheap or even free to obtain. Perfect for students, workers, and anyone with the thirst for knowledge.

About the Author

Christopher is a history university student with a huge passion for researching, writing, and learning. Chris is always active on new hobby projects like filmmaking as he tries to always improve himself and his work. 


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