HOW TO USE ISOLATION TO YOUR ADVANTAGE

BE PRODUCTIVE AND MAKE ISOLATION WORK FOR YOU.

Uncertainty reigns heavily ​on our minds as a common daily anxiety, given we do not yet have clarification on how long we will have to stay at home for. It’s easy for our days to feel the same and to not even know which day it is – almost as if we’re on holiday.

Let’s re-frame those thoughts, take the positives and think about how productivity can be implemented during this time frame. What if you could come out of this process having learnt something new, perhaps about yourself or having learnt or refined skills. Here’s how that’s possible.

Read

Anything that ignites escapism and stimulation. Whether it’s educational content, learning a new language, reading fiction or your favourite inspiration’s auto-biography.

Learn

The world’s information is more accessible than ever. We can learn new languages remotely, order a guitar and learn how to play it online, or one of my favourites – learning advanced cookery via YouTube. When do we usually get the time to cook properly?

Reflect

An increasingly common desire we have is to increase our levels of self-awareness. This can be carried out through self-reflection. A method I enjoy, as I’ve also recommended to others, is to keep a thought diary. The adversity, the funny times, the ups, the downs and the personal growth.

It’s empowering to see in your very own words (handwritten or on a Word document even), how far you’ve come and what you’ve learnt in the process. A thought diary is also a reminder that these challenging times, including isolation, do indeed pass.

Be informed but don’t become obsessed

Don’t be glued to the news. We hear terrible reports and horrific statistics daily. Regardless of whether we have any health related anxieties, it’s likely we’ve all been triggered negatively from the news recently. Get your news from a reliable source, follow government advice and do your best to switch off afterwards.

Exercise

As you usually would daily – invest in your health. Emotionally, financially and with your time. Treat yourself to home workout equipment (weights, a new Yoga mat, resistance bands, etc.)

Don’t forget we at Sport and Recreation host free, live workouts daily, Mon – Fri, at 12:30pm and at 10am on the weekends. We offer a range of classes for any ability from the garden or front room of one of our instructors and you can join along too.

A few final questions you can ask yourself

Which new skills will you have learnt about during the lockdown period? Will you have opened up any pathways of self-discovery and pleasantly surprised yourself? Did you immerse yourself into another element of life and come away feeling great about it?

Use isolation to your advantage, make it work for YOU and be productive. You’ll thank yourself when this is over, I’m sure of it.

RIKKI MAY – STUDENT SPORT WELFARE OFFICER 

OUR FACEBOOK LIVE CLASSES HAPPEN DAILY, USE REGULAR EXERCISE TO STAY HEALTHY AND INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY. TRY SOME NEW EXERCISE SUCH AS YOGA, OR A HIIT SESSION.