These top tips are based upon my unfortunate experience of having to isolate for 14 days, due to my housemates testing positive for the dreaded COVID-19 (don’t worry, all fine now!). At first having to isolate seemed daunting and tragic, especially considering it was Fresher’s Week. Overall I tried to make the best out of a bad situation and took the valued opportunity to get on top of things before University started.
Tip 1: The most important thing I would stress is to arrange an online delivery ASAP, as slots can be limited. Make sure you also buy some treats to indulge in if times get tough and you need a pick-me-up.
Tip 2: Pick your Netflix series to binge-watch. Being told to isolate is basically an order to watch Netflix. I personally chose to re-watch an old favourite of mine – Gossip Girl, which kept me much entertained and filled lots of time. Try Stranger Things, the Haunting of Bly Manor, American Horror Story, Umbrella Academy or Black Mirror if you haven’t already.
Tip 3: Call your friends and family regularly. Isolation can be tough, so it is great respite to check in with friends and family. It is also good to have an insight into the outside world and to stay connected with reality! The university’s nightline is also up and running if you want a chat.
Tip 4: Go back to those lockdown home workouts, but not the bad haircuts! Sitting inside all day can make you go a bit stir crazy, but exercise is a great way to unwind, destress and release some good feeling endorphins. Fitness Blender, HASFit and of course Joe Wicks all have great workout videos on YouTube.
Tip 5: Use the endless time to get on top of things. Being told to isolate is a splendid opportunity to get on top of University work or admin. Do that assignment you have been putting off or apply to that job you were supposed to apply for last week.
Tip 6: Make the best playlist ever. One of the things I did in my isolation was make the best playlist, which I listened to throughout isolation to keep spirits high.
Tip 7: Read! Take the opportunity to read that book you have always wanted to or educate yourself on world issues. During my isolation I read Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman, which I highly recommend.
Tip 8: Host a virtual games, film or TV night! I know zoom quizzes were overdone in lockdown, but switch it up with a virtual games, film or TV night with your friends or family over Zoom or Teams!
Tip 9: Start lockdown baking again or cook a really detailed meal. Enough of the banana bread – try to bake something new or cook a three course feast; you have the time!
Tip 10: Try learning something new! Isolation is a great opportunity to branch out, such as learning a new language or completing an online course in anything you are interested in. DuoLingo and Future Learn are great resources for languages and online courses.