Isolating due to Covid? — Here are 10 things to do & how to cope.

Due to Covid-19, the new variants such as Omicron and having to isolate, people’s mental health have steadily been declining. Those who have family and company may be less inclined to feel lonely, however, for students or people living alone that are stuck in their student housing or flats, this is a different issue. Being away from family, friends and loved ones have been detrimental to people who are alone and in isolation.

Here are 10 ideas on things to do, some productive and some just for fun!

  • Exercise at home — We all know that exercise is good for our physical and mental health and one can’t deny the effects that this activity has. If you can’t go out due to isolation to walk then put on your yoga playlist and do some low-impact exercise, as much as you can with Covid.
  • Take an online course & learn a new skill — With platforms such as Coursera, FutureLearn, Udemy, LinkedIn Learning and so many other websites to choose from, there is no reason to wonder what taking a course in photoshop or a masterclass in cooking would be like. Just take a few moments to
  • Re-watch a TV show or a film series — It is always fun to lose yourself in a TV show you know and love or start a new one and learn all about the quirks and habits of the characters on screen.
  • Finish a book, or two! — It is always nice to go back to a book you read a long time ago and see how your perspective has changed, or start a new one without knowing anything. Especially with e-readers being so easy to access, it is easy to get that book you’ve been meaning to pick up, in seconds, from a Kindle store. Or, better yet, download e-books from your local library!
  • Listen to an audiobook — Audible is your best friend when it comes to beautiful audiobooks narrated by amazing voice actors. Pro tip: You can also check out your library for ebooks online, there are so many to choose from!
  • Arts & Crafts — Due to isolation, you might not want to cook, understandable, as you would probably have lost your sense of smell and taste. However, why not do something fun, like arts and crafts?! You don’t even have to
  • Write an article — If you have a topic you feel passionate about or something you want to share, then it may be a nice activity to get your creativity flowing.
  • Emails, emails, emails! — Read those emails you have been meaning to get to. You know you have to, so just take a half-hour to unsubscribe from that spam email and clear out your inbox.
  • Call a friend and catch up — There must be a friend you’ve been meaning to catch up with but have been re-scheduling and re-scheduling, so, make the effort now to catch up with them, a quick text or a phone call will reconnect you.
  • Journal — Take up journaling. Sometimes getting your thoughts out on paper really does help. Write, paint, type, whichever way works best for you.

Here are some mental health charities to take note of, as they might help you or someone you know:

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I am a final year University of Reading undergraduate student studying a BA in English Literature. Editor. Aspiring-journo.

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I am a final year University of Reading undergraduate student studying a BA in English Literature. Editor. Aspiring-journo.

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