Tw: Corona virus, self-isolation. This is a UK and London focused post.
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Before we begin, fear not. This post is not intended for scare mongering. I’ve been seeing lists of ‘things you can do during quarantine/self-isolation’ as a means of getting through the weird Corona Virus times we’re infected by. From the few lists I took a look at, a lot of the advice is the same. I think this shows that the advice is worth listening to, and so I’ll repeat a few of those, but I also wanted to offer some more tangible(?) things! If you want a chill (fitting) song to listen to as you read, take a listen to Homebody by PH1.
^TLDR: I’ve been seeing lists of how to manage self isolation due to the virus, and whilst they are super helpful, they’re also quite repetitive and abstract so I wanted to add on some tangible things to the mix!⚡️
Let’s begin with a basic overview of how you might want to be spending time! Following the general advice I’m about to share, I will also list some more helpful resources below. Hopefully altogether you will have something quite comprehensive to follow and help you get through isolation time.
Please practice social distancing!🙏 Listen to the advice of your government. Limit to your social media usage especially if you think it is harmful to mental Health. Try and do some exercise indoors. Take this as an opportunity to deep clean your house or to just de-clutter your space. Be mindful of your news intake and cautious of the validity of sources. Spend time focusing on yourself and understanding what your hobbies are. If you are religious, then this is a good time to pray and connect to your spiritual side. Be kind to yourself and patient to those around you and to the situation.
When the isolation period started, I saw a lot going around the Internet where people were urging others to use this time for productivity. Saying this could be the time that ‘you finally complete orders tasks that you’d been meaning to tend to’, etc. I agree that it would be worthwhile to use this time to be productive; however, I think we’ve been given such a great opportunity to recharge that we don’t need to be productive, all the time at least. So yes, my advice includes doing things that are practical and productive, however I’m also including self-care tips under productivity because I think its necessary. I think our focus shouldn’t always be fixated on trying to get things done as it harbours an unhealthy mindset that everything we do needs to have a specific outcome and amazing result. Sometimes we can just exist. Do things for the sake of it. Chill out, you know?~ So please consider all of the below a giant heap of some of the different forms of productivity🙏
- Try to stick to a routine, i.e. sleeping and waking up at a set time and not sleeping in.
- If you find it helpful, get out of your sleepwear and get dressed to spend your day at home/online meetings and classes.
- Reflect on how your year has been going so far and if there have been any changes in your personal growth since last year. Assess how your New Year’s resolution has been going if you made one and don’t be harsh on yourself if you’re still working towards it.
- Allow yourself to feel anxious if that’s how you feel about the situation.
- Cassey Ho wrote a short post on her blog about ‘How to Glow Up During Self Isolation’, basically a self care post.
- I know I’ve mentioned Rituals before in a less positive light, but they have a calming section of their website you might enjoy browsing!
- If you are working from home/attending classes, try to arrange a calming workspace for yourself.
- Set yourself a daily goal.
- Talk to someone and reach out for help if the situation is having an adverse effect on your mental health.
- I’ve been exercising a lot lately and I came across a YouTube channel the other day that posts short exercise routines to popular songs.
- Chris Hemsworth has released a free 6-week trial for his online fitness programme.
- Blogilates (a brand by aforementioned Cassey Ho) is a great website and YouTube channelthat offers fun workout routines for a range of fitness levels. There are also free workout calendars and other fitness related thingson the website.
- Advice from HSBC bank
- Advice from Monzo bank
- Money Advice Service
- Theres a Coronavirus Small Business Helpline, but the line seems to always be busy. Try your luck if you wish at: 0300 456 3565.
- You can claim a refund on your TFL (Transport for London) season tickets! I’ve gone and found the link for you, just check if it applies to the ticket you hold.
Helping the Community:
- If you wants to volunteer in some capacity to aid the NHS at the moment, you can register with Goodsam. All you’ll need is an in date DBS certificate
- This isn’t necessarily for the community, but I found a great site where you can bulk order fruit (which you could choose to distribute afterwards) from restertaunts that are unable to use them.
- The ‘Nextdoor’ website/APP that allows you to connect with your (mostly immediate) community. i.e. By writing posts to share information with people in your neighbourhood.
- Look out for your neighbours. If there are elderly folk in your neighbourhood, try to reach out and offer your assistance (whilst maintaining a physical distance).
- Donate to local food banks if you are able to.
- Researchers are trying to better understand the virus and you can help them if you wish to by providing daily health updates on this app.
- My borough is recruiting volunteers to transport food and talk to lonely people who are isolating over the phone, you can find out if your area is running a similar initiative.
Some ways to pass time:
- Try out some of thefree online classes offered by Harvard University.
- If the first point wasn’t enough, here’s 450 Ivy League courses you can take online for free.
- Watch YouTube videos! It’s free (like 90% of it) and there’s a so many genres of videos. Here’s a video I posted recently 👀 你订阅了么？
- Read a book!
- An online page called the Corona Culture Festival 2020 has created a Google Doc has collated a collaborative list of things to do/read/watch etc.
- Of course you need to be especially smart with your food resources at the moment, but if you can then consider trying out some new recipes. It’s been really satisfying to see some people post step by step cooking photos on their Instagram stories (…and then never actually following them😅🤷♀️). I’m thinking of baking a cake for my birthday next week!🎂🥳
- Learn a new skill, or practice an old one. There’s a ton of resources out there on the Internet! You could try learning sign language for example.
- I’ve been enjoying the Tonight Show Home Edition videos from time to time. They’re kind of endearing and I love for the dad jokes lol.
- Organise your wardrobe/phone gallery/internet tabs/laptop desktop/email inbox etc.
- Open your window!~
- Bond with your family (if you’re isolating with them or through phone calls).
- Go through the videos/posts you ‘saved for later’ (e.g. on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook).
My latest YouTube video is a vlog as I go on a short trip to the Pharmacy to pick up my mum’s medication.I did this to be part of digital history👀🥳Take a look if you want to pass more time or if you want to see how things are in the UK right now!~
Have you ever wondered what a random person in the world may be doing? Have you ever stopped to think that someone out there is going about their day at the same time as you but neither of you have a clue of each others existence? As I typed that out it seemed like some old philosopher probably did think about it and wrote about it in a book somewhere, but I have thought about these things before. I just think its so cool that so much of the world is basically doing the same thing right now, even if it isn’t under the best circumstances. Even though everyone’s doing different things, a lot of us are connected right now, so many people in the world are literally stuck at home at the same time as you and me!! Separately we are still united in our isolation. Isn’t it crazy.
The chances are that if you’re reading this you’re in the privilege position of having at least the basic amenities of 21st-century life. You can quite literally kick your feet up and relax. And there’s nothing wrong with that. But if you do think there is something wrong with that, well it’s not completely your fault. We are the product of a capitalist society of which the metric system￼￼ is based almost entirely on our outward utility￼. Our worth is calculated by our productivity. For our whole lives we have been told to produce, to work, to exert our energies into building and maintaining the market. It has not been ingrained in our nature to rest. So now that we have this opportunity, of course some more privileged than others￼, I hope you’ll take some time to rest￼. Another word for this of course is self-care. Self-care may be a keyword you’ve seen spring around the Internet a lot these days, but what does that actually entail? You probably figured it out through the list I wrote above, but in short, it involves you looking after your mental and physical well-being in whatever shape or form that may be productive to you. For example, for some self-care may be having a bath, reading a book, singing, meditating, playing a game you’ve been waiting to play. It can look like many things￼, so I hope you take this precious opportunity to explore it￼.
I didnt want this to be a downer of a post but I am thinking of those who are anxious over this situation. Students are facing all kinds of uncertainties and many people are facing intricate problems. Reach out to people lend a hand where you can. Try to spare a thought for those who may be suffering without help because of this situation. Homeless people, those with low incomes, people with small businesses, freelancers, victims of abuse, young parents, people who are lonely. There are places that you can donate money and food to those who may benefit, research what’s available in your area. There are also Facebook/WhatsApp support groups whereby you can plan to help people in your local neighbourhood. Search for ‘Covid-19 Mutual Support Group’ on Facebook and join a group based on your location.
Btw the title was inspired by an old song I like, you can listen to it here 👀 Also it looks like my birthday will also be during isolation (1st April). I didn’t have much in mind for celebrating this year but I can’t say I’m pleased by this turn of events. I’m now thinking of filming a new birthday themed cooking video instead, so subscribe to my YouTube channel if you want to see that mess when it comes out😂 I did capture cute moments from my birthday last year if you want to see that~
All in all I’d like to say that I believe this uneasy moment we’re going through will pass. People are finding this difficult for different reasons; some of us may have compromised immune systems or worry for loved ones who are suffering from the virus, others may be feeling anxious by the news or are finding that this situation is triggering their mental health issues. In this moment (similar to what I said earlier about the fact that so much of the world is isolating at the same time) I’m not too anxious over the current situation, I’d say its actually been improving my mental health slightly but I won’t go into the reasoning. I recognise that I’m in a privileged position to be able to say that I’m doing somewhat okay, but I hope you’ll be okay too. This will be over soon and I look forward to seeing you on the other side~ 💜
If you try to share tips to help ease self-isolation, good luck 世界。
此致敬礼，欣妍 – From Nabeela. ❤