Due to the recent spread of Coronavirus perhaps you find yourself spending a lot of time alone in self-isolation or maybe you have chosen to self-distance yourself by working remotely.
You may find yourself having to self-isolate after the Federal Government has called for people to self-isolate at home if they have just returned from overseas or have been in contact with someone who has been confirmed with coronavirus or COVID-19.
What is self-isolation?
Self-isolating means staying at home and not leaving it, other than for exercise. Don’t go to work, school or public areas during this time.
If possible, you should not go out even to buy food or other essentials. If you are unable to get supplies delivered, you should do what you can to limit social contact when you do leave the house.
Do you struggle with how to spend that time in self-isolation? Although you have plenty of things you’d like to accomplish, getting focused and staying that way seems to be a challenge when you’re alone.
Are you wasting precious, solitary hours that you could be spending more productively?
Consider these benefits of spending time alone in self-isolation:
- Do whatever you want. Being alone means you’re completely in charge of your decisions. How often does that happen?
You get to select what you want to do each hour that you’re without company.
Think of it as being rich with time.
- Need to clean the garage? Want to learn how to speak Spanish or German? Never finished that sewing or wood-carving project?
- Having alone time means you can accomplish all those things you’ve been putting off.
- Set a goal and achieve it. Now, that you have no distractions, take some time and set one or two goals. Write them down. List the steps you’ll need to follow to achieve each goal and check off each step as they’re completed.
You have the power and time to make even your wildest dreams come true.
- Take up a hobby you’ve been considering. Maybe you’ve had a secret desire to participate in a certain pastime that appeals to you. What’s stopping you? At least, make a call of inquiry about getting involved or observe people engaging in the activity.
- Read more. Reading will broaden your horizons and make you a more interesting person. Read what you already love or try a new genre.
If reading has been less than appealing in the past, go to the library (check library is open first as many are currently closed due to coronavirus) and pick out a book on a subject that interests you. Select a classic novel, a biography of a celebrity who piques your interest, or a how-to book.
- If you’re alone a lot, then you have plenty of time to get in the best shape of your life. Design your own exercise plan or download a fitness app onto your phone. Include a schedule for when you’ll exercise and the type of exercise you’ll do. Then follow through. You can even change it up to keep it interesting.
- You can be proactive and overcome any physical fitness or health issues you may have.
- Can you imagine becoming the healthy, vibrant person you’ve yearned to be? It’s definitely within your reach.
- Start some soul-searching. What do you want out of life? When you’ve thought about the life you want to live, you’ll be more likely to obtain it.
Spend some time considering what’s important to you and what you hope to accomplish in your lifetime.
Having extra alone-time means you can create the very life you desire.
- Become really good at something. Nothing makes us feel better than to know that we can do at least one thing really well.
Maybe for you, it’s playing the guitar, doing yoga, or writing a children’s book. Whatever it is, spend some of your solitary time practicing to become the best you can be at something. It’ll be a great confidence-builder.
Alone time is more than it’s cracked up to be. When you’re alone, you have an abundance of time to spend in ways that bring you the opportunity to learn, achieve, and enjoy your life. Relish the time you spend alone in self-isolation. It gives you the power to do anything you want. Your time is now!
And remember if you know any elderly people that are in self-isolation please ensure that you check in on them regularly by phone or text message. If you’re caring for someone and are worried what will happen if you are unable to visit make sure you have a contingency plan in place.