How to Stay to Sane During Social Isolation

How to Stay to Sane During Social Isolation

Let’s be honest, this year has thrown just about every curveball imaginable at the human race. It kind of feels like the world is sending a modern version of the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs, but hey, you’re here reading this so life cannot be all that bad. If there’s one thing we can count on with this pandemic is that time isn’t stopping around us, so why not make use of it!? If you’re like me and have been looking for anything and everything to do but your university work, then you’re in the right place. Even though we are almost at the end, it’s still important to keep strong and maintain social distancing while abiding by all the rules!

Here’s just a few ideas on how to spice up your well-developed iso-routine and keep your sanity somewhat intact:

Learn a new skill

Whether it be a new skill or completing a DIY project, it is the perfect opportunity to utilise your spare time and challenge your mind to something new. There are many things to keep your mind busy and occupied during the current Covid-19 pandemic. These include: 

  • Learn to knit – Socks for Suicide and other charities always appreciate donations from new knitters
  • Learn to code online
  • Learn a new language

Spice up FB/Zoom/Skype calls

By the end of your 3rd of 4th call of the week, you may find yourself becoming bored of the norm. Finding ways to keep calls with friends and family exciting can help cure boredom. A few ways of doing this could be:

  • Having poker/online games nights e.g. Cards Against Humanity
  • Themed dinner parties / cook a meal together through video chat 
  • Create crosswords for others to complete whilst on call

Start a blog

Feeling creative? Stuck with all these end-of-the-world thoughts? Feel like busting a rhyme? Starting a blog or even journaling can be a great release of your creative energies. You may find that getting all of your isolation frustrations down in writing relieves pressure. 

Complete an online course

During this pandemic many companies and institutions are offering courses free-of-charge or at a reduced rate online. This is a perfect opportunity to upskill yourself or to add accomplishments to your LinkedIn profile and CV. By doing one of these courses you are showing future employers your adaptability to new conditions and desire to learn despite interruptions. Here are few courses being offered online currently:

  • Common Purpose: Commonwealth100 Open Source Leadership Programme
  • InsideSherpa – KPMG Virtual Analytics Internship
  • TAFE Fee-Free Online Short Programs E.g. Computer Skills, Administration


This is one of my personal favourites as it ends with a delicious treat. Flour and sugar might be a scarce resource but there are many recipes that do not require either of these ingredients. Why not try your hand at baking something new for those around you and yourself? Here are some ideas to start you off:

  • Brownies
  • Banana bread 
  • Scones

Get stuck into uni work

Whilst this may seem like the obvious, if you’re anything like me university work is the last thing you want to be doing right now. However, it is still essential an needs to be done at one point or another. Take things slow and do it step-by-step:

  • Create a schedule 
  • Record all assignment due dates into a diary/document
  • Incrementally progress through assignments/readings/homework 
  • Don’t leave it until the last minute

Good luck, stay sane and remember that this period will all just be a distant memory one day! 

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