Tips to Keep Your Mind and Body Active During Self Isolation

This week has been intense, chaotic and down right scary. As the Australian Government begins to enforce mass shutdowns of workplaces and limit social gatherings, Australians will be spending more and more time at home.

Self isolation at home is the best way to slow down the spread of COVID-19, but what do you do to keep your mind and body healthy? Here are some of the things I will be doing to keep myself active during self isolation. 

1. Read a book.

Reading has always been a passion of mine but while I was in college and Uni, I didn’t have the time or the brain power to concentrate on a book. Reading is relaxing, fun and educational, making it a perfect way to pass the time without feeling guilty.

Not sure where to start? For poetry lovers or those with super short attention spans, try reading Dirty, Pretty Things by Michael Faudet.  Faudet explores the themes of love, loss and sex through his poems, painting beautiful pictures. The Secret History by Donna Tartt is a novel that explores the ideas of morality, mortality and betrayal in a dark academia setting. It’s perfect for those who love the classics. Speaking Out by Tara Moss is a personal favourite of mine. It’s a hand book for women to help them navigate the world and speak out confidently and loudly. Full of startling facts, this book is insightful and useful, it makes the reader think.

2. Learn something new.

While University might be over for me, that doesn’t mean I have to stop learning. Did you know Yale does free online courses? I didn’t until the the amazing shared it on her Instagram. 

I’m watching free into to psychology lectures at least once a week to expand my knowledge without the stress of assessment. There’s lots of free classes to choose from, so why not try as many as you can? I’m also about to start @the_womens_collective How to Instagram course to help me improve my Instagram game! Georgie has lots of courses to choose from, so if Instagram is something you’d love to learn about, have a look at her page. 

3. Play with makeup. 

If you’re like me, you have a lot of makeup and almost no time to play with it. Well, now’s the time to try out new looks, watch tutorials and learn how to create the perfect halo eye. I’m going to be trying out looks with the Morphe Icy Fantasy Artistry Palette  and finally teaching myself how to do winged liquid eyeliner. The best part is it doesn’t matter if it doesn’t turn out perfectly and it will boost your confidence even if you’re still wearing pj’s at 3pm. 

4.  Start that project.

You know the one I’m talking about. The one that you’ve had in the back of your head for months but just haven’t had enough home time to start. Maybe it’s building a website, writing a book or learning a new language. For me, I’m finally going to try to learn the guitar. 

5. Exercise.

The gyms may be closed but that doesn’t mean you have to stop exercising. Going for walks around the block will get the blood pumping and give you a much needed dose of Vitamin D. Online classes are also available. Canberra studios like@lucasstudiocanberra are offering online classes to keep you moving. It costs less than your old gym membership, can all be done from the comfort of your lounge room and helps out a small business. YouTubers like Shani Grimmond are also sharing their at home workouts for followers but I recommend checking out MadFit on YouTube for intense workouts that will get you sweating. 

Remember: do the things that make you happy and take care of your mental health. 

I hope these tips give you some inspo during this chaotic time! What will you be doing to keep yourself happy and healthy? 

Love, Erin Xx

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