What students can do during self-isolation
Words by Taylor Fernandez
Many students are now experiencing self-isolation. Whilst acknowledging that not everyone has the privilege of studying or working at home, it is very important for those who do to stay home and assist in flattening the curve. Amidst the anxiety and panic, you may feel a little lost and overwhelmed in what you are able to do whilst self-isolating. To prioritise your physical and mental health, here are some things that you can do at home to stay happy and preoccupied.
With the recent transition to online classes, you may feel a little disrupted from your typical university routine. However, instead of sabotaging your duties as a student, this time at home could be used to increase your productivity with your uni work. Now that my classes will be held from my desk, my one hour daily commute has been replaced with simply getting out of bed. So as difficult as it may seem, use these extra hours to focus on your study. Make things more fun by having your cat ‘accidentally’ run over your keyboard during your Zoom tutorial. Continue to work on assignments, study for tests, and (finally) do your required reading. It might double as a good distraction too.
Talk to friends and family
Self-isolation can leave you feeling distant from your family, your friends, your partner, or your mate’s dog. That is why it is very important for you to regularly check in on your loved ones. FaceTime your grandparents to see if they are doing okay and brighten their day! Install the Netflix Party extension on your computer so you can watch your favourite movies with your pals (and chat to them at the same time too)! Make a sexy collaborative playlist on Spotify that you and your partner can listen to together! Or simply just message your friends on Facebook and send them a meme. This lonely sensation can be curbed slightly by making sure that we are all feeling less alone.
Make time for hobbies
As students, it may seem like your workload takes precedence over the activities that you love. Use the time at home to partake in the hobbies that you usually tell yourself that you do not have time for. This could be writing, drawing, painting, creating music, or baking. Spend time playing your newly purchased game of Animal Crossing or Doom. Do not feel guilty about binge-watching your favourite show or admiring all of Studio Ghibli’s films.
Participate in online club activities
University club events have had to be cancelled due to the circumstances. Luckily, many of the clubs are still putting on online events! These include Adelaide University Entrepreneur Club’s online webinars (Design Thinking for Entrepreneurs on the 25th of Match), Adelaide Business Students’ Society’s Business at Bedtime (regular online business-related content shared on their Facebook page), Adelaide University Drawing Club’s weekly online sessions (at 2–6pm on Thursdays), and Minecraft Club’s online social game nights (held over Discord). Lots of clubs are currently in preparation for holding online events, so keep updated.
Read a book
Immersing yourself in a novel can be a meditative practice. Distancing myself from bookstores is forcing me to read the dozens of recently bought books that have accumulated in my room. If you are in this same situation, maybe it is time to read those huge books that you have been putting off reading. For those who are not avid readers: it could be the time to start. To avoid going to public libraries, see if your family or housemates have books that you can borrow. Alternatively, read a book from your phone. Remember: classic literary texts are often offered as free eBooks!
Clean your room or living space
Hear me out. Cleaning probably is not your chosen way to pass the time, but now could be the perfect opportunity to embrace your inner Marie Kondo. In fact, by giving your desk a quick wipe or reorganising your drawers, you may find yourself in a more productive headspace to get your work or study done.
Prioritise your health
Most importantly, prioritise both your physical and mental health! During this time, try to eat healthy or exercise at home. There are many online workouts that you can do for free on YouTube! Also, check out online counselling services or even meditation as ways to ensure you are feeling okay mentally. Keep doing things at home that will make you happy, talk online to friends and family regularly, and make sure you are following sanitary procedures to keep safe and healthy.