Self isolation? How to stay busy when at home

Self isolation may not be the most fun activity you could be doing right now. However, it is important that we do self isolate at times like this. We want to help you during this period so keep on reading if you or a loved one is currently self isolating.

Either you, a friend or a relative may find yourself in this situation over the coming weeks. First and foremost it is important that we try to remain positive. Easier said than done right? But there are things we can do when stuck at home to help relieve the boredom.

Rainy and cold so stuck indoors?

Call a friend

Now more than ever is a great time to pick up the phone and call a friend or relative. We may not be able to visit them, but we can still chat. Maybe even a video call so you can have some visual interaction too! If you are not sure how, do you have a family member who could get you set up on something like Skype.

Keeping in contact with people during self isolation is so important. They may also be self isolating so you could take it in turns to make daily calls to each other.

Read a book or do a jigsaw

There must be a book you have been meaning to get around to reading but still haven’t. Grab a cup of tea and get cosy in your favourite spot and have a good read. Reading is so good for the mind and can help relax you during uncertain times. In the same way, jigsaws are a great way to pass the time and keep the mind active.

Learn something new

Is there something you have always wanted to learn about or learn how to do? Have you just never got around to it? Now is your time! Whatever it might be you could use this to learn a new skill or a new topic. If you have access to the internet then you have a world of knowledge at your fingertips.

Watch a film

It is good to stay informed by watching the news. However, this can become quite repetitive. Why not escape in a good old film. Maybe one you haven’t watched for a long time but know is a classic. Perhaps you can find one on the TV that you haven’t yet seen and your family have been raving about.

Is that the sunshine I see?

The weather is beginning to improve at last. As it does, why not get out in your garden. We are being advised to keep a safe distance from others but your own garden is the perfect spot to top up on your vitamin D.

And relax

If it is warm enough, why not take a seat outside and take an afternoon snooze.


Maybe you are normally clocking up a few steps when you are out and about. Well why not take some gentle walks around your garden. You can see what plants are coming in to season and get those steps in at the same time.

Grow your own

Maybe you have some old pots and seeds lying around? Why not plant some fruit, veg or herbs. Tend to them daily to grow your own produce. Think how satisfying and rewarding this would feel! Plus home grown always taste a lot better and costs a lot less!

Have a chat

As long as you are keeping a safe distance, you could have a chat over the fence with your neighbour. They may well be in the same position as you!


Again if you are used to getting a bit of exercise each day through walking, this time can be frustrating. Or maybe you have a dog who is eager to get out and about. There is nothing stopping you taking your dog for its normal stroll or taking a walk out yourself. Just make sure you don’t go to any crowded places and keep your distance from fellow walkers.

Don’t forget if you are getting out in your garden to always wear your personal alarm.  This will ensure you can get in touch with us if you need to.

Remember that you won’t be self isolating forever and the more positive we can stay during these times, the better for everyone.