Staying Busy (And Sane) During Self-Isolation

Updated: May 11

During this time of uncertainty, most have been asked to stay at home and self-isolate. There are many guides to keep your children busy during quarantine, keeping your relationship healthy, etc. But, what about the single ladies without children or other people living alone?

Self-isolation can be disastrous to your mental health. Take it from someone who knows. As someone who’s suffered depression, I can tell you that completely isolating yourself and having not a whole lot to do can drive you stir-crazy rather quickly!

From my own experiences, I have applied them to my life during this quarantine. I live alone, with my animals, but I keep busy and find myself thriving during this uncertain time of self-isolation. The key is to stay productive, take care of yourself, and to find other channels of communication and to focus on self-care.

Today, I’m going to show you how to do all of that to keep busy and stay sane during self-isolation. Read on and stay well, my friends!

Staying Productive

If you have the option to work from home, that’s the best way to stay productive, and also to stabilize your income during self-isolation, which is an issue I know that a lot of you are facing right now. However, not everyone has this option.

Don’t worry, there are still some ways that you can utilize this time to yourself, while still making some money. This is a great way to keep the economy afloat while everything seems to be shutting down or going remote.

Getting Crafty:

If you’re crafty or creatively gifted, you can stay productive and make money while making crafts, home decor, and other gifts to sell online. You could make anything like

  • Soaps, face masks

  • Potpourri

  • Baked goods

  • Homemade jewelry

  • Home Decor

  • Knitted or Crochet Items

You can make anything you want to sell online via Etsy or any online marketplace or even on Social Media! Just be sure that you’re being completely sanitary while making these, and that you’re shipping methods are also sanitary.

Spring Cleaning:

Another great way to stay productive, while making a few bucks is to do a full spring cleaning on your living space. Trust me, after all the time you’re spending within this space, you’re probably going to get sick of your surroundings.

That being said, I don’t want you to get rid of all your belongings and try to remodel. Now is definitely not the time for that, unless it’s been something you’ve planned and had the budget for, that’s an exception.

I’m simply recommending a spring cleaning. After all, we have the time and the nicer weather now, to be able to do that. Freshen up your space by:

  • Rearranging your furniture for a “new view”

  • Touch up your walls with some leftover paint

  • Dusting every cobweb and corner

  • Cleaning every crack and crevice

  • Declutter your home of anything you don’t want anymore and sell online

  • Declutter your wardrobe and sell on Poshmark (they make everything super easy)

As you can see, you can still earn some cash, while cleaning, and you don’t even have to leave the house! Porch picks up and mailing makes it totally contactless, making social distancing easier than you think.

Self Care & Personal Growth

This is a big one. While we’re self-isolating, we can use this time to take care of ourselves, as well as better ourselves. Through self-care and personal growth, you can become a better version of yourself But, as I said in my Series For Managing Depression Naturally Part Two: Self Care, self-care doesn’t have to involve spending any kind of money. You can also give yourself some TLC by:

  • An At-Home Spa Day:

  • All-Natural Face Masks using ingredients you probably have in your kitchen

  • A nice, bubble bath with some relaxing music

  • A soothing foot soak

  • A DIY Mani-Pedi

  • Giving Yourself a Relaxing At-Home Retreat:

  • Doing a restorative yoga session

  • Practicing Mindfulness

  • Meditation sessions

  • Mindful writing coloring books for adults

  • Reading in a cozy, comfortable place

  • Journaling For:

  • Personal Growth

  • Self Discovery

  • Self Reflection

  • Mindfulness

Why not focus on yourself? You have the time and it can be so beneficial to yourself, your mental health, and your life! With all these great ideas, you might want to share them with your friends and family, but you can’t exactly just hop in the car and go over to tell them during this time of self-isolation. So, what do you do?

Staying in Touch with Others

You can still stay in touch with your loved ones and communicate during self-isolation. Luckily, we live in a technically advanced age where we can keep in touch and even still see each other through technology. While this section is short, it’s to the point.

Here are some ideas to communicate and stay in touch with your friends and family:

  • Girls Night via Skype, FaceTime or other apps

  • Social media messaging, sending funny photos, etc

  • Call them and have a nice talk over the phone

It’s not that hard to socially distance yourself, while still communicating with others. Give it a try! Tell all your family and friends about the new ideas you have to keep yourself busy during isolation! Maybe you can pick a hobby-buddy and do it over live chat or webcam.

There's just one more thing I'm going to ask you to do. GET OUTSIDE! Self Isolation doesn't mean you have to keep yourself cooped up in your home. Go for a walk, spend some time in your backyard, just get outside while keeping yourself at a reasonable distance (7 ft) from other people.

As you can see, there’s no reason to worry about keeping yourself busy or sane during self-isolation. Even if you live alone, you can still stay in touch with others, be productive, and stay sane during what may seem like an eternity of solitude.

Don’t forget to like and share so we can all encourage other single ladies to Keep Busy and Stay Well During Self Isolation!

Until Next Time, loves! xoxo

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