101 Things To Do While Self Isolating

It’s been two weeks since I entered self isolation and it’s been a wild time. I feel like I’m still waiting for that pin to drop because so far I’ve been, dare I say it, okay? This socially anxious introvert has been thriving, living in this perpetual creative high. Trust me – I’m just as shocked as you.

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That being said, self isolation is not for everyone and I know a lot of people who aren’t coping with this new era of social distancing. Which brings me to today’s feature post: a nifty list of social-distance-approved activities to keep you busy and sane during this unprecedented time.

Let’s get into it…

1. Binge Virgin River on Netflix (it’s wholesome and cozy with feisty characters)

2. Re-organize your bookshelf (you can always find inspiration on Pinterest or Instagram)

3. Build some vibing mood playlists

4. And while you’re at it, dance around your kitchen with a glass of wine to This Is How We Do It (trust me, it always works)

5. Re-read Harry Potter (again)

6. Then marathon the Harry Potter films (because at least we’re not trying to survive in the second wizarding war)

7. Challenge your siblings to a heated game of Cards Against Humanity

8. Or, why don’t you actually finish a game of monopoly?

9. Clean and condition your make-up brushes (Lord knows the last time they were actually cleaned)

10. Treat yourself to a relaxing bubble bath with candles and wine because why not?

11. Bust out that stockpile of sheet masks and treat yourself to some TLC

12. And then, while you’re playing spa, give yourself a manicure with a matching pedicure

13. Wake up early and watch the sunrise

14. Get creative and start a bullet journal for mindfulness

15. Learn the choreography to Wuthering Heights (because it’s weird and wonderful and Kate Bush was ahead of her time)

16. Read a classic and write a constructive review (I’ll always recommend Jane Eyre, Lolita or the Great Gatsby)

17. Marie Condo the heck out of your house

18. Learn how to french braid and rock that Elsa look

19. Soak up that Vitamin D and garden (planting some flowers will brighten up you house)

20. Go camping in the luxury of your own backyard (because you don’t need to go away to appreciate the great outdoors)

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21. Bust out your mum’s cook books and cook a lovely dinner

22. While you’re cooking, why not host a social distance approved dinner party for your house mates? (dress the table with your best crockery – the ones on that top shelf)

23. Also, you’re going to need desert so why not try your hand at baking?

24. Spend a Saturday morning watching cartoons on Disney+ (ah, the nostalgia)

25. Actually, why not watch ALL the Disney classics?

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26. Have a melt down (you’re bored, lonely and you miss your friends)

27. Once you’re done, exercise to get up those endorphins (your body is a temple and all that)

28. Or, how about learning some easy yoga poses?

29. Re-read Twilight

30. Marathon the Twilight saga (because it’s the Twilight renaissance baby and those movies are the best kind of trash)

[Also: the most ICONIC scene in cinematic history]

31. Re-enact your favorite vines because what else would you do with your life?

32. Or, take this chance to solidify your viral career by filming a Coronavirus parody of your favorite songs. [see; Hello (from the inside) or My Corona]

33. Dance around your house to Break My Stride (because ain’t nothing gonna break-a your stride)

34. And while you’re feeling empowered, delete all the toxic people from your phone

35. Re-watch High School Musical (Because we’re all in this together. Also: Zac Efron)

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36. Download a stargazing app and chart those constellations

37. Call up your grandma for a chat

38. Try your hand at an adult coloring book

39. Practice gratitude

40. Watch Titanic (It’s actually a cinematic masterpiece. Also: Leonardo DiCaprio anyone???)

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41. Binge Stranger Things on Netflix (for those sick 80’s vibes and an iconic soundtrack)

42. And while you’re at it, why not play some quarantine D & D

43. Go for a walk

44. Dabble in photography

45. Brew yourself a pot of tea and chill out with a good book

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46. Have a slumber party via Houseparty

47. Listen to a podcast

48. Or take a Masterclass from the comfort of your home (you might even discover a new passion)

49. Free your inner child and build some Lego

50. Watch Labyrinth (and realize that David Bowie is actually sexy AF)

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51. Re-read Throne of Glass

52. Then re-read A Court of Thorns and Roses (because chapters 54 and 55 are exactly the type of content you need in your life)

53. Clean up your emails and unsubscribe from junk mail

54. Perform a one-woman-show to a Broadway cast album

55. Watch the Phantom of the Opera (and realize that you clearly have a type)

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56. Then watch Love Never Dies (because a Phantom marathon is always the way to go)

57. Work on your posture (no one wants to be Quasimodo IRL)

58. Get with the program and learn a Tik Tok dance

59. Play lip-sync for your life

60. Or, bust out your inner Kristoff, grab your hairbrush and karaoke

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61. Sort through your old photos and build a Lana Jean approved scrapbook

62. Find your inner zen and meditate

63. Make like Bob Ross and paint yourself a happy little picture (bonus points if you rock an afro)

64. Build a pillow fort (like the full-fledged adult you are)

65. Enjoy those lazy mornings while you have them and treat yourself to a sleep in

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66. Do a puzzle (because self isolation isn’t torture enough)

67. Waste your time spiraling down the YouTube hole

68. Actually be productive and clean out your wardrobe (yes – even those junk draws)

69. In fact, why not donate those dust collectors to charity?

70. Learn the choreography to Thriller (just don’t half-ass it like Mark Ruffalo. I guess he tried?)

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71. Break out the Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals and re-watch the Sound of Music (because Captain Von Trapp was a MAN)

72. Broaden those literary horizons and read a non-fiction book (I’d recommend Julie Andrew’s memoir Home Work)

73. Throw out your expired makeup (yeesh!)

74. Go grocery shopping

75. Re-watch the Wizard of Oz (because there’s no place like home)

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76. Make a photo album of your last holiday (and try not to be too depressed that you’re stuck inside)

77. Send a letter and make someone’s day

78. Finally start that book you’ve always wanted to write

79. Panic because you’re out of toilet paper

80. Watch Simpsons re-runs on Disney+ (they have thirty seasons baby!)

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81. Knit yourself a Mrs Weasly approved scarf for the colder months

82. Stalk your favorite celebrities on Instagram

83. Start a blog

84. Snuggle up by the fire pit and roast some marshmallows

85. Watch Australia (and feel patriotic AF as you lust after a ruff-and-rugged Hugh Jackman)

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[Never been more prouder of my country]

86. Piss off your pets by smothering them with affection

87. Prepare some tea sandwiches and have a relaxing picnic in your backyard (you can pack a book to enjoy or just cloud gaze)

88. Cook breakfast for dinner (because why not?)

89. Waste your life watching a compilation of viral videos

90. Vibe out to the stripped back, raw emotion of Lana Del Rey (the perfect soundtrack to the Apocalypse)

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91. Scroll through Pinterest and start some mood boards

92. Traipse across a satire fantasy world with the Discworld books by the late Sir Terry Pratchett

93. Booby trap your house

94. Read Little Women (because it’s empowering, wholesome and cozy)

95. Watch the original Superman movies (because they’re campy AF and Christopher Reeve is seriously swoon-worthy)

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96. Attempt to make a caramel frappuccino (Starbucks withdrawal is real, okay?)

97. Make a post-isolation bucket list

98. Wash your sheets (and duvet because let’s face it – that thing’s never been washed)

99. Watch a documentary (you’ll feel all kinds of worldly and intellectual)

100. Shave your legs

101. And finally, prepare yourself to re-enter society (because let’s face it – self isolation won’t last forever)

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While this post is intended to be lighthearted, I just want to take this moment to remind everyone that is is a stressful and unsettling time. It’s okay to feel overwhelmed or anxious. Also, with self isolating, please don’t forget to look after your mental health. Mental heath is just as important as your physical health. Keep smiling, stay positive and as always, if you need a friend, I’m always here.

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18 thoughts on “101 Things To Do While Self Isolating

  1. I’m definitely enjoying the lazy mornings. I’m not one to sleep in, but the colder it gets, the harder it is to get out of bed! And I’m loving that I don’t have to feel guilty about it 😭

    Also there’s an amazing cooking channel on youtube called Bon Appetit and i’ve just been binge watching ALL the videos.

    Love this list Alex! Hope you’re having a good week so far. xx

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    • That’s so true! I’m more of an early riser but the colder months make me just that little bit lazier! I’m looking at it as the perfect opportunity to get my sleeping schedule back on track. πŸ˜‰

      I can’t say I’ve comer across Bon Appetit but it sounds so good! I’ll be sure to check it out. I’ve been finding it a struggle to get creative in the kitchen – it could be the spark I need!

      Thank you so much for reading, I had a little too much fun with this one! I hope you had a lovely Easter (if you celebrate) and got lots of chocolate! ❀ x

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  2. This post is amazing 😍🀣!! I think I’ve done a fair amount of these things (trying to bullet journal LOL, waking up early to see the sunrise, making corona song parodies HAHA), but you’ve given me a lot more ideas! Stay safe, Alexandra πŸ§›πŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ’•!

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    • That’s so good to hear! You have to keep me posted on what you get up to. ❀

      I've always wanted to start a bullet journal but they have always intimidated me. I'm such a perfectionist so I'd never be 100% happy with mine! That and the fact that I'm hopeless at lettering! πŸ˜‚

      Stay safe and I hope your April is epic (because even though we're at home we can still have fun!) 🌸<3🌸

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  3. This is such an amazing post, Alexandra!
    I am definitely gonna try so many of these – sheet masks are coming up first, and then maybe engage in the Twilight renaissance at the same time…. maybe.
    – Emma πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you so much, Emma! I’m not going to lie – I had so much fun writing this post. Maybe the most fun I’ve had writing a post. Ever. πŸ˜‰

      I’ll be 100% joining you with those sheet masks (because sheet masks are life) and YAS GIRL COME TO THE DARK SIDE! You know you want to… #teamedwardforlive #noshame πŸ˜‚

      Stay safe ❀

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  4. Um – #9 got me bc I’ve been MEANING to clean my brushes for a million years (I’M KIDDING, IT’S ONLY BEEN 2 MONTHS I SWEAR.) How long have I been in isolation? 2.5 weeks. Have I done it yet? πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    HAHAHA THE TWILIGHT BASEBALL SCENE, OH MY GOD πŸ˜‚Um, how did you know I was planning on re-watching HSM?! As IF I needed another excuse hahaha πŸ˜›

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this post & ofc, A+ GIF game 😍 (That Hugh Jackman one, tho πŸ˜‰)

    πŸ’› Your saltmate

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    • I graciously accept that A+ – “I’d like to thank the academy and GIPHY for making this all possible” πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Can you tell that I had WAY too much fun writing this post??? I spent hours searching for the perfect GIFs. And no, I regret nothing!

      And yes – that Hugh Jackman GIF gives me LIFE. #marrymehugh 😍

      And fun fact: HSM made it onto the list because my brother has been begging me to watch them and he got that freaking baseball song [“hey, batter, batter, Hey batter, batter swing] stuck in my head.

      Thank you so much for reading [and making me laugh!] ❀ your forever saltmate

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      • HAHAHAHA YES!!!! Honestly, there’s nothing quite like a GIF-laden post to brighten up my day 😍

        Hugh is honestly a national treasure & I will fight anyone who disagrees! I can’t believe I’ve never mentioned this, but one of my boyfriend’s clients has a sibling who is one of Hugh’s neighbours! Apparently they’re super close friends & have dinner together all the time 😱 What a DREAM, right?!?

        HAHAHAHA oh my goodness, did you do it?! My sister & I are currently doing a Marvel re-watch but you can bet HSM will be next on my list!

        Um, thank YOU for making this post!!! 😍

        πŸ’› forever, your saltmate

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        • Agreed! GIFs give me LIFE.πŸ˜‚

          That is actually so dang cool though – LIKE IMAGINE BEING HUGH FREAKING JACKMAN’S NEIGHBOUR! I would be ringing that doorbell 24/7 with no shame. Seriously a DREAM!

          So far I haven’t got around to watching HSM. Yet. But it’s definitely coming – another binge is 100% in the cards. I got distracted by Twilight [as you do]. I started re-reading the books which led into bingeing the movies. Say what you want but they are actually ICONIC. I’m doing Eclipse tonight with wine and pasta #livingmybestlife. πŸ˜‰

          ❀ your saltmate

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  5. This list is amazing! And I’m glad you are doing good πŸ˜€ I am too haha, I’m surprised I’m doing good, but also I don’t want to look too closely into it 🀣🀣Also I haven’t seen Australia in forever but I do love me some Hugh Jackman so I think its time for a rewatch!!

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    • Thank you so much Brittany! I’m so glad to hear that you’re also living your best life in isolation. #introvertsriseup. Can you tell that Australia is like my favorite movie ever? [besides Titanic]. I mean, Hugh Jackman is at his swoony-est in Australia. That beard! That accent! That sexy cowboy vibe! DECEASED. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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  6. Ooh this is a great list!! I’ve been wanting to watch virgin river for a bit now and hope to start getting into a new show… lately I feel like I haven’t been able to get into ANYTHING on Netflix 😭😭 fab list girl!!

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    • I’ve been feeling the same – I feel like since Disney+ came out, Netflix has dwindled. That being said, I just started Outer Banks this morning and the pilot was very intriguing! It’s got this kind of Goonies vibe with a sunken ship and a lost treasure. Just with more teen agnst! Thank you for your lovely comment (as always!) ❀

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  7. I am definitely taking advantage of this whole sleeping in thing (though also not going to be at a reasonable time). I swear once this is over, having to revert back to waking up at 5am is gonna hit me like a ton of breaks. This list definitely gives me so many options of things to do and maybe just maybe, I will finally start that book. And finally wash my makeup brushes

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