Things to Do in Self-Isolation

By Jun Gan

Well folks, looks like the inevitable has arrived. The dreaded (partial) isolation. 

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, we have seen panic rear its ugly head, instilling fear in people all over the world. Who knew that toilet paper would win the popularity contest in a time of pandemic! But I digress… as the situation grows increasingly dire, we must, and I stress—we MUST do our part to flatten the curve and protect not just ourselves, but our fellow countrymen as well. As our Health Minister, Roger Cook, puts it aptly: “The best form of defence is our own vigilance.” Now, let us take a deep breath, keep calm, and don’t panic. If each and every single one of us commits to being socially responsible by taking all the necessary precautions recommended by the World Health Organisation, I trust that we will get through this together. 

I’m sure by now, many of you would have seen all sorts of memes on social media about self-isolation. Just to lighten up the mood, some of my favourites are below: 

  • Your grandparents were called to war, you’re being asked to sit on the couch. You can do this.
  • Prediction—there will be a minor baby boom in 9 months, and then one day in 2033, we shall witness the rise of the QUARANTEENS.
  • Public Service Announcement: Now is not the right time to surround yourself with positive people. 
  • CDC: stay home, avoid physical contact and don’t go into large crowds. 
    Introverts: I’ve been preparing for this my whole life.

Jokes aside, self-isolation can be tough for some and you might be wondering… what kind of things can you do at home that would keep you occupied for not just an hour or two, but a week or two… or even more! 

Well, here are just some suggestions. 

If you’re a learner, now’s the best time to sign up for those online courses you’ve been telling yourself to get around to. I’m sure with the world’s technology at our fingertips, you’ll be able to find a thing or two that piques your interest. If you’ve been wanting to learn a new language, perhaps apps like Duolingo might help you pick up that exotic language you’ve always admired. Pick up that book that you bought years ago but have not gotten a chance to read. Instead of hoarding toilet papers, hoard Koorong books and read them all! Keep learning and the insights you gain today might help you avoid some costly mistakes in the future. 

If you have children at home, perhaps you can consider teaching them everyday skills that would help them learn autonomy. Things like making a sandwich, cleaning, folding clothes, washing the dishes, making the bed, and perhaps learning to make simple dishes (age appropriate) could be fun for them. I’m sure once they learn these skills, it’ll help all you mothers out there in the long run! If you’re in for some art and crafts, head on down to YouTube where you’ll get an endless stream of ideas and resources to help you get creative with your child. Invite your child to journal every day and it’ll be eye-opening to see how their thought processes work. Not only that, it’ll also help them to learn important reflective and writing skills!

It is easy to let our jobs and daily routines get the better of us; now is the time for us to get rid of distractions and return to our first love and find hope in him who holds the world together.

Jun Gan

If you’re interested in improving your relationship with your spouse, try downloading Gottman Card Decks. This app will provide you with some great ideas and opportunities on what you can do to better connect with your spouse. A recent research found that divorce rates had skyrocketed in China since the outbreak due to the frequent eruptions of conflicts and disagreements after couples having spent too much time together. 

Although our physical activities may be limited, perhaps we can take this opportunity to invest and improve in our relationships, not just with our spouses but with our children as well as with our friends and church members. Physical distancing doesn’t always have to mean social distancing. We need to keep investing in our relationships. If you know someone who’s prone to depressions, isolation can be difficult for them. Make sure you keep in touch and ask how they’re going.

Last but not least, let us also remember to spend time staying rooted in God’s word and in prayer. It is easy to let our jobs and daily routines get the better of us; now is the time for us to get rid of distractions and return to our first love and find hope in him who holds the world together. Let us move forward in faith and be in peace, trusting that God will use all of this for good. Try to finish reading the whole Bible if you haven’t done so, and improve your prayer life.

P.S. If you’re bored and stuck at home, why not write an article and submit it to Connect? =D

Jun and her husband Ivan together serve at Immanuel Methodist Church in Perth.