It can be hard to go from having so much freedom to have to be inside all the time.
We've put together a list of things that you could try to keep you busy.
1. Learn a new language
No fancy expensive classes necessary - download an app like Duolingo, pick a language and you're all set.
Meditation is great for increasing mindfulness and reducing anxiety. There are some great guided meditation videos on YouTube.
There are lots of recipes that you can try your hand at with ingredients that you likely already have in your kitchen cupboard! The Fork In The Road team will be sharing a few over on their Facebook page - check it out. This is also a great activity if you're at home with children - might get messy but you can be sure it'll wear them out...
We all have drawers and cupboards in need of attention, and there's never been a better time to do it! Organising is a good way to occupy the brain and you'll have the element of satisfaction afterwards.
Listening to your favourite music releases dopamine, a neurotransmitter that leads to increased feelings of happiness excitement and joy. Take some time out to listen to some of your favourite songs, or try something completely new that you've never listened to before!
6. Video Call
Social isolation means we're apart physically, but that doesn't mean we have to be cut off from our community. Whether you're tuning in to a group from our virtual timetable or Facetiming friends and family - stay connected.
7. Exercise Your Mind
If quizzes are your idea of great entertainment, check out sporcle.com. From testing your knowledge on your favourite tv shows to geography and history, there's a quiz for everyone! If you prefer to challenge yourself against a team, we'd love to welcome you to our Games/Quiz virtual community groups.
It's also important to keep your body moving, especially if you're used to more exercise than you can do in one trip out of the house a day. Yoga is a great way to get your blood pumping and stretch your stiff joints - there are loads of guided yoga tutorials on YouTube.
9. Write a Blog
“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” ― Dr. Seuss
We love this quote, and it means that you probably have a story to tell that could inspire someone else. If you'd like to try your hand at writing a blog, Wordpress is a great place to start. We're also always looking to share stories of recovery here on RecoveryTalk, to help others to begin/continue their own journies, so if you think you'd like to share one just email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Self-care means something different to everyone - for some, it is writing down what they're grateful for each day and then taking a long bath, and for some, it involves meditation and mindfulness. Whatever it means to you, focusing on yourself and your mental and physical health has never been more important.
For more tips on how to keep yourself busy during isolation, follow us on social media as we share them most days.
Attending our virtual community groups can help you stay connected, view the timetable here.