From Tom Hank's reassuring Instagram post on what having Coronavirus feels like to modern philosopher Alain de Botton's reassuring words on spending time alone, we're more willing than ever to take advice from others.
Luckily then, Lena Dunham has waded into the slew of celebrities offering solace and support to their fans with some comforting advice for single people who might be going into self-isolation.
As well as being known for her acting roles and relatable writing, Lena has also spoken out on various occasions in the past about her mental health and the realities of living with endometriosis. It is little wonder then, that her sage advice is sought-out by women of all ages the world over.
Dunham, who is currently in self-quarantine herself, has shared several updates about being home alone during the coronavirus pandemic. And in her latest instalment on Monday (16 March), the director and actor gave advice on how to get through the isolation period as a single person living alone.
Dunham shared a set of activities to do, which she called: 'Self-quarantine activities for single QTs.'
Underneath a series of screen shots, 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 [peace] of mind.'
The uploaded images had the activities explained on them.
Lena's thoughtful suggestions included activities like 'read long form articles': 'Books are great but what about the long form articles you’ve always wanted to read but didn’t have time for? I’m currently enjoying every piece Robert Kolker has ever written!'
As well as doing kind deeds: 'Organise your clothing into giveaway piles and plan to take what you don’t need to a shelter the minute we are up and running. It’s good to have a kindle deed in the works.'
She even recommended turning mundane, daily activities into moments for reflection and calm: 'Take one of those showers where you attend to every part of your body – literally wash behind your ears. Pro tip: try sitting down in the shower, it’s heaven.'
If you are self-isolating and struggling with boredom, frustration or poor mental health, then Mind has put together this brilliant guide on managing coronavirus and your wellbeing.
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