While we are all going through this surreal time, we need to keep busy and entertained. This will make time fly by quicker and will keep our mood high.
Keep on reading for my top ten 10 ways to keep busy during isolation.
We have we may never have this amount of free time again, bring out your inner child and take on some creative activities. This could be colouring, tie-dying your clothes, painting – you could be the next Picasso!
One of my favourite ways to be creative is to create vision boards, they can be whatever you want them to be. For example, you could make one for how you want your life to be like post covid-19. To have all the things you love and want to look at will be a positive incentive for you to see every day.
Organise Your Home
They say a tidy home gives you a tidy mind, so get organising those rooms that you never have time for.
My top tips for organising are to store things of the same category in separate baskets or containers, this makes them easier to access and will allow you to find what you need quicker. Labelling will also make items easier to identify particularly if a box is out of your reach.
Re-Decorate A Room
While you are not able to leave your home, this is the perfect opportunity to embrace your inner decorator. Most of have an odd pot of paint in our shed, giving a room a fresh coat of paint can make it feel like a whole new room – white is a particular favorite of mine as I feel it makes the room feel bigger and brighter.
If you do not have access to paint and the thought of painting a room feels overwhelming, you could re-decorate your room on a smaller scale but still see a difference. For example, swapping the cushions from the living room to the ones in your room.
While we are living through this unknown time, our minds are likely to be full of thoughts about what will happen next, at least for some duration of the day. So, including mindfulness activities into our day will help us to forget our worries for a little while.
Mindful breathing is something that even the busiest of us can make time for, a simple 4-second count breath in and 4-second breath out can instantly make you feel calmer and in control of your breathing.
Another favourite of mine is journaling, use it daily to record your thoughts, feelings and what you have been up to – you will feel more a sense of achievement of what you have done when you reflect on your day. I also think this journal will be interesting to look back on, as we are living through a unique time.
Deep Clean Your Home
In a time when hygiene is of such importance, this task will be very much appreciated. Tackle all the high-traffic areas like the kitchen and bathroom.
- Scrub away in your bathroom with a Susi’s Scrubber bathroom scrubber. Not only will it remove germs but you can also use it to tackle tough grime and watermarks in your bathtub and shower.
- Keep your kitchen surfaces sparkling clean by scrubbing them daily with the hygienic kitchen scrubber.
Cooking and Baking
This is a great way to spend your time in lockdown. You can learn to cook new meals, and after doing it in lockdown will allow you to bring into your daily busy life.
Cooking your meals from scratch will also take longer than your average lunch, which is a great time killer that you will also benefit from. You can make your meals tasty and nutritious by using natural ingredients and whole foods. When it comes to baking you can treat yourself and indulge.
Spend Time in Nature
If you are lucky enough to have outdoor space in your home, make sure you utilize this. Spending time outside is great for the mind, and something we can all appreciate during this time.
We want to prioritize staying at home as much as possible, so why not start growing your own fruit and veg in your garden. Not only will you have access to unlimited produce, but you will also know it is free from chemicals and have a sense of achievement from growing them yourself.
Everyone has their way of coping with situations, and it is fair enough if you just want to relax but I would urge you to take on a form of exercise at least once a week. It will not only be good for keeping you fit, but it will also be beneficial for your brain. This is because when you exercise it releases endorphins, which makes us feel happier.
If you do aerobic exercise like running this will increase your heart rate and send more oxygen to your brain. So, whatever you chose to do whether it is a long walk, yoga or follow a 10-minute exercise video – it is guaranteed to make you feel better.
Clean Out Your Closet
I feel this is one of those tasks that we always claim to ‘not have time for’. But now we have all the time in the world – so there are no excuses. To effectively clear out your closest start by taking everything out, that way you can see everything clearly.
When going through the clothes ask yourself if you have worn it in the last six months and if you think you’ll wear it in the next six months – if the answer is no, put it in the throwaway pile.
It is fair to say we all want to de-stress during this time, so ensure you make time for you. I like to do this by creating a spa-like evening for myself. I like to run myself a hot bath, light some candles (usually in lavender or chamomile scents – for the relaxing properties), put on calming music – I usually type in ‘spa playlist’ on a music streaming app.
Once I’ve set the tone I’ll add a luxury bath product to the bath and hop in, I will either close my eyes and get lost in the atmosphere or if I’m struggling to switch off I will get lost in a good book.
As the water begins to become tepid, I take the attention to my skin. To do this I use my Susi’s Scrubber body scrubber alongside a body wash and scrub my entire body, this leaves my skin feeling soft, renewed and glowing. It makes me feel like I have been to the spa and had an exfoliation treatment, I finish my me-time by slathering on a moisturizer.
I know I will see the full benefits from it after exfoliating with the scrubber as it opens and clears my pores to allow my products to penetrate deeper and work more effectively.
I hope my ideas help you to fill your time during isolation!