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Activity Ideas During Self-Isolation

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The latest Covid virus, Omicron, has hit the population much harder this round. Scores of people have contracted the virus and are under quarantine. If you are one of the many affected, and are wondering what to do during your isolation period, here are some fun activities you can try (if you are not working from home and feel well enough).

1. Exercise

Being confined reduces our daily activity needs, hence it is important to maintain our physical health. If you have small exercise equipment such as dumbbells and resistance bands, do bring those along to your quarantine facility.

Yoga has shown good stress management and improved mental health. Some popular yoga gurus on Youtube are Adriene Mishler and Arianna Elizabeth. Workouts range from 5 minutes to an hour.

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2. Reading

If you have not been reading much, now is a good time to catch up. Reading has many benefits; it expands vocabulary, improves brain function, boosts mood and even aids with sleep. For Singaporeans, a good place to borrow books from is the NLB app. The app allows you to loan ebooks, e-magazines and audiobooks for free.

For those who still need to work despite being isolated, but wish to spend some time on reading, a recommended reading platform is Blinkist. Blinkist basically summarizes the entire book into a short read, perfect for busy bees. There is a 7 day free trial, likely enough to last you throughout your isolation period.

3. Handicraft

Nothing is more fun than making your own piece of artwork. There are so many types of handicrafts you can engage in that do not require a lot of materials. Painting, cross stitching, jewelry making, origami, and the list goes on. Not only do the crafts keep you occupied and make passing of time more bearable, it can help uplift your mood.

POPULAR bookstore is a good place to purchase these craft items. You can get both adult and kids coloring books, painting kits and so many more.

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4. Learn new skills

Before you pick up the TV remote, how about trying to learn some new skills? Learn a new language, even sign language if you feel more challenged. Or how about getting creative with your culinary skills (if your quarantine is at home)? A good website for online courses and tutorials is Udemy Business. It has over 180,000 online courses for learners to choose from. Plus, access is free if you are a myLibrary member. Being in isolation is a good time to hone your skills and make your time worthwhile.

In summary

Self-isolation can be a dreary experience. Therefore do plan for activities that will help you pass time easily instead of waiting aimlessly for the days to pass. The key is to keep well and stay active.