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Self-isolating. Activities for Adults

More and more people are asked to stay at home, so I came up with a new post: Self-isolating. Activities for Adults. There are plenty of posts and advice regarding what you can do with children, but not so many when it comes to adults. For the last week I’ve been at home, mainly because I have a cold. I’m still avoiding going out of the house.

To be happy we need the reach a balance between pleasure and purpose. While staying at home and watching TV shows, movies, and series all day long might sound great, in fact we would be bored and restless in a few days. We all need variety to be really happy. I start this post by talking about the things we should avoid and I will continue with things we can do for fun. There are lots of lists of movies to see and books to read, as I recently shared My TBR Pile (from 5th March to today I finished 4 books and I’m currently reading 4 more). I also shared a review for a fun game, The Wexell Escape Room.

Self-isolating. Activities for Adults – What to Avoid

Social media
I saw yesterday on twitter someone saying that the government should do something about people’s panic buying. Oh dear, that surely brings the idea of a nanny-state to a whole new level. Personally, I think the government has better things to do during a pandemic than legislate on how many rolls of toiled paper should we be allowed to buy.

Of course, social media can be great too, but you can’t be sure what you are going to see; it can be something that makes your eyes roll, like I did with the comment above. But, at the same time, it can increase anxiety, without even realizing you are constantly seeing negative posts. Limiting how much time you spend on social media means you can do something else, more fun and/or productive, which will bring you more happiness while doing the activity and also after that.

Watching too much TV
You need to keep on track with what happens in the world at the moment and the latest guidelines issued by the government. Just don’t fall into the trap of watching the news for hours, as it will surely impact your mental health.

If you are in your 30s, without any underlying health conditions, there are many more things more detrimental to your health and long term well-being than COVID-19, like pollution and climate change. Self-isolating if you have symptoms is important because we might be able to prevent spreading the disease and protecting the vulnerable people in our society. But if you are not constantly checking the news, you might put things into perspective, as you are able to distance yourself a bit.

Self-isolating. Activities for Adults – Try Something New

We all know about exercising, so try to keep fit and do something if you can. When you have a cold or flu is not easy to workout, so why not do a bit of dancing instead.

Self-isolating. Activities for Adults. colouring book

A colouring book is something so simple that can be fun and relaxing. You can put a bit of music and spend half an hour doing this. There are plenty of designs which you can download for free and try a couple to see if you are into this kind of activity.
Alternatively, you can try your hand at drawing. There are plenty of tutorials online to guide you. As a model, you can use anything you have at home, so that should be an easy and fun thing to do too.

Self-isolating. Activities for Adults. cooking and baking

Of course cooking and baking is not something new, but trying on new recipe can be. It’s been a while since I looked over my cookbooks. Do that, try something new, maybe using new ingredients. Again, you can put on a bit of music and have fun.

You can also try to decorate biscuits with complicated designs using icing. There are loads of ideas and tutorials on youtube if you need a few tips. You can also make decorations for Easter and leave the fondant in a cupboard to harden. Maybe you remember my sheep and bunny.

Self-isolating. Activities for Adults. make-up

This might sound like an activity for women, but is not. Men too can have fun with makeup, maybe trying something new for Halloween. It can be a craft-type of project or it can be the perfect time to perfect smoky eyes.
You can always try something like this:

 

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It is a bit complicated, but you get my point. Leigh was a contestant at the TV show GLOW UP on BBC. I loved his style. He didn’t win, but I wished he had. Also, if you are curious, have a look at an episode or two, you might discover a new fun show to watch. I have to admit I’ve started applying more makeup after watching the show.

Self-isolating. Activities for Adults. self-care

Finally, self care. I picked the face masks I’m currently using, but I could have added body butters in the picture too. Take a bit of time off and apply a face mask, it will make you feel much better. Now it’s time to add a few more steps into your daily routine. You don’t have to commute to work, so spend that extra time taking care of yourself. Who knows, maybe after this is over you’ll get used to a few changes and you are going to keep them.

What do you plan to do if you are going to be self-isolating?

9 Comment

  1. Yes, they are good ideas! I could learn how to do liquid eyeliner on my top lids! I am hopeless at Makeup!
    I’m not sure what I’ve actually done apart from writing blog posts for school and a bit of reading! I’ve got lots of pieces to learn on my flute and I could compose some music! Still got a lot of training programmes to do for work!

  2. Hi Anca,

    I’m glad you’re doing well. Nice blog. Yes, social media can be negative. I’m participating less these days. I’m an introvert by nature so I enjoy being at home. My husband works from home now and he loves it. The cat gets a lot of attention all day long, she’s very needy, ha ha.

    I’m into knitting, cooking, spring cleaning and organizing. I called on the phone most of my friends and relatives around the world, all of them are OK. I’m also eating less and exercising more. I’m not so hungry and I love to stretch in order to relax. It helps me. My husband is into working out too. And into ham radio, so he’s doing great.

    All the best, take care of yourself and pet your dog from me please. Stay calm, stay safe, stay home!(Meli)

  3. I love every single thing about this post,Anca! I’m self-isolating as much for high risk category as anything. I am planning on doing some sorting of things for goodwill (all the clothes I used to wear to work and no longer wear), along with whatever else I might find to go; continue working on my book (in the proofing and fact/date-checking stage); paint a little and prep some things for November’s sale; read some of those great books I brought back from Canada and if the weather turns nice, work in the yard with a bit of clean-up. Now, all I have to do to do this is stay healthy!

    1. That is such a good idea,I will sort out some clothes and books for the charity shop too. Good luck with your book. xx

  4. I think you’ve made some great points here (social media can quickly become toxic!) and given some good suggestions. I can always keep myself entertained between reading, games on my phone (I have three I regularly play), and jigsaws. You’ve reminded me that I have a nice selection of coloring books that I can also pull out and use. Adult dot-to-dot, as well. Now if I could just convince myself to do some Spring cleaning… 🙄 This is one of those times I’m thankful I live in a rural area and can still get out and walk in nature.
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    1. I thought of Spring cleaning, but decided against mentioning it, mainly because it’s a chore, not something I enjoy doing. 🙂

  5. I agree with you – we should definitely leave social media aside for a time, because these days it gets a bit crazy and not super helpful! Having a colouring book is great during these times, it is super relaxing. I love colouring in the mornings during breakfast, instead of looking at my phone!
    Stay safe and healthy Anca!

    Julia x
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