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Going Solo

 
Everyone needs a bit of me time every once in a while, but what can you do to entertain yourself during longer periods of isolation? Home alone? No problem! Everyone needs a bit of me time every once in a while, but what can you do to entertain yourself during longer periods of isolation?
  • Stick to your routine. Try to follow your regular work-life pattern as much as possible from waking to finishing work. If you usually have a long commute to the office, use that time to read or play puzzles such as Sudoku, crosswords or use brain training apps.
  • Learn a new language. Online teaching has made languages more accessible than ever, with interactive apps such as Babbel and Duolingo breaking subjects down into easily digestible chunks. Learning languages helps to sharpen the mind, aids multi-tasking and improves memory.
  • Declutter! If you find yourself hitting a wall when working from home, take a bit of time to tackle something that needs organising; a desk drawer, shoe rack, kitchen cupboard. Ditch anything that needs to go, and refill in a methodical way. You’ll achieve a sense of accomplishment and calm, helping you to get back into your normal flow.
  • Strengthen connections. Although face to face contact may be off the cards, video calls with friends and colleagues helps to maintain a feeling of togetherness in a much more powerful way than a phone call or email. Watch the same TV show as a friend or have an online dinner date to help beat lonely moments.
  • Make ‘me time’. Embrace the quiet and zone out for an hour a day with some meditation or yoga, if these are new to you, try Namatata or Downdog apps which break activities down into easy to practice exercises. Mindfulness is a great tool to clear your head and focus on specific things, try incorporating this into a walk, run or even while preparing your evening meal.
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