If you are in self-isolation, quarantine or social distancing due to coronavirus, you'll probably be wondering how best to spend your time while protecting your mental health. And for single people - especially those who live alone - this concern is likely to be compounded. Lena Dunham (who is very bloody good at being single) just shared a super helpful post on Instagram detailing her favourite activities to do alone in the house when you're single.
Dedicating the post to "single QTs" in self-quarantine, she wrote, "Hello my stir crazy friends. I know a lot of you who are social distancing and starting to feel like your walls are closing in on you. And I’m getting a whole lot of “I’m bored” texts. Boredom is something I rarely, if ever, experience because I enjoy my own company, probably much too much...so I thought I’d share my list of ideal isolation activities. If you try any, will you let me know how it goes? Wishing you all health, safety and ✌️ of mind ❤️"
So if you're single and feeling like you need some ideas on how to spend this trying time, here are some Lena's suggestions...
FaceTime your friends
Lena says, "FaceTime your friends who you don't get to talk to enough when your life is going full force. Ask them questions you don't know the answers to, like, 'Who is your favourite Golden Girl'?"
"Books are great but what about all the long-form articles you've always wanted to read but didn't have the time for? I'm currently enjoying every piece Robert Kolker has ever written!" she writes.
Organise your 'to watch' list
Lena suggests organising your 'to watch' list on every app, like Amazon Prime, Now TV, Netflix etc. "Start a themed film club with your other isolated friends and discuss them as a group" on a video chat app.
Painting or drawing
She says you can challenge yourself to paint or draw a series of five pictures in a day. "It allows you to be loose and a little sloppy and get out of the perfectionist mindset," she says.
Keep a diary
Try keeping a "quarantine diary" she says. "Your future kids/students will be interested in this very specific and complex time and how you dealt with your anxiety and disruption to daily life."
For those not into meditation, Lena suggests 20 minutes of reflection every day. "It's a great time to focus on where you've been and where you're headed. We are often so deep in the cycle of achievement, stress and exhaustion that we forget to focus on our actual desires,' she adds.
Use your products
We all have makeup and skincare products lying around that we've never even touched, right? Lena says try them all, at last! "Recycle stuff that's past its prime," she says.
Learn a dance
Lena says it's time to finally learn the dance from Miley Cyrus' episode of Black Mirror. And if you haven't seen it yet, watch it!
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