• Kayla Mastroianni

Staying sane in isolation

Updated: Jun 1, 2020

As we self-isolate during the COVID-19 crisis, we can begin to feel closed in, restless and bored. Partner this with being stuck with family or a partner and we can begin to feel like we are going crazy.

We are not! So here are some ways you can self-isolate and still have fun.


People often associate exercise with pain or something they’d rather not do.

In isolation, it can be the only thing to break up the day.

Finding a fun workout on YouTube or Instagram to follow along, or video calling a friend and doing a work out together can be a fun and unique way to pass the time.

It's also great for your mental health.

Trying online dance, yoga or boot camp classes can also be a great way to connect with new people and still keep active in the comfort of your own home.

Woman exercising in Isolation


If exercise is not your style, there are a wealth of games to be played - both in your back cupboard or online.

Finding a board game, card game or even a jigsaw puzzle can be great ways to pass the time and still use your brain.

Some games you can play solo include Solitaire, Sudoku, Crosswords or Online Games.

Family playing game in Isolation


After you’ve tired your brain out from playing all those card games, you can take a moment for yourself to watch your favourite show.

There are a number of streaming services including Netflix, Stan and Disney Plus to watch whatever your heart desires.

If you're not in the mood to watch anything solo you can download Netflix Party.

This is an internet extension that lets you watch shows with your friends in real-time!

You can now share the experience of watching that new episode of Riverdale together.

If you don’t have the means to download this extension, you can always call your friends and time your viewing so that you see who killed who at the same time.


Starting a new project can also be a fun way to pass the time and give you something to look forward to each day.

A new painting, drawing or photo collage can help you set and achieve daily goals to improve your mood and boost your feelings of productivity.

This can also be a great time to start or finally finish that home improvement project you’ve been planning for months, clear out your wardrobe or post all those trinkets in your spare room on eBay.

Project during Isolation


Finally, taking time for yourself is super important whilst in lockdown with your family or partner.

Making sure you have your own space and time throughout the day to reflect is vital for avoiding cabin fever.

Try following a short meditation on YouTube or practising deep breathing relaxation.

These techniques can help keep your peace of mind in these crazy times.

In short, do what keeps you sane and happy, but please DO NOT CUT YOUR OWN HAIR.

If you would like further information on how these activities can keep you sane, have a read of our 'Staying Sane in Isolation' Module below.

Staying Sane in Isolation
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