Things to do in Self-Isolation

Updated: Apr 30, 2020

It’s coming close to a month of being told by the government that we need to self-isolate and stay home as much as we can. For some people, this may not be that big of an issue, but for those of us who aren’t used to staying home so much, self-isolation could present many difficulties.

What am I supposed to do all day? How can I make the most of this time?

By now, most of us have probably gotten the swing of things and created a routine for ourselves. It is at this point that we are grateful for social media. As unhealthy as it is to only be scrolling through social media all day, if done in moderation, it can keep us entertained and even give us ideas on what to do with our time.

Of course, you shouldn’t only spend your days scrolling through social media, so here are some other things you can do to keep yourself from going crazy during self-isolation:


Baking is a fun activity that you can either do by yourself or with the people in your household. You can brush up on your skills or start totally from scratch and teach yourself. The best part is you can eat your creations or try again if they’re not to your liking. And if baking is something that you’ve always thought about doing, but never had the time, now’s as good as any to start.

Movie/TV Show Marathon

Catch up on all those movies/shows that you’ve been adding to your list. Don’t feel bad about having a day here and there purely dedicated to binge watching. Sometimes, we all just need a day full of entertainment.


Not a green thumb? No worries. Find a how-to clip and start with something small and preferably something that won’t die if you forget to look after it for a day. Gardening can be very calming and even help relieve stress. Maintaining your garden or plants can at least give you something to do, and you never know, you might enjoy it.

Read a book

When was the last time you read a book? Can’t remember? Well, this is the time to start again. Give your eyes a rest from that blue screen and set them on paper. We think that reading a physical book enhances the experience and your imagination. The feeling of paper on your fingertips, turning the page and not knowing what to expect, not putting the book down until you finish it because you can’t wait any longer, yep, reading is very underrated. It doesn’t matter how often you read, just find a book, read it and finish it. See how many you can finish during self-isolation.


Feel like being productive? De-clutter. Most people don’t think they’re hoarders until they’re forced to clean out their closets, rooms, cars, laptops etc. You don’t realise how much stuff you keep until it’s time to get rid of things. De-cluttering doesn’t necessarily mean you have throw everything out, any items that are still in good condition, but you don’t use anymore should be donated. If you can, always try to give back. A clean living/workspace is beneficial, especially if you’re working from home. Less clutter means less distractions and allows you to stay focused during your work hours.

We’d love to hear what other activities you guys have gotten up to during self-isolation. We are temporarily closed due to COVID-19, but all our social media accounts are still open and active. We’re here to provide entertainment, help and inspiration in any way we can.

Feel free to DM/email us for updates or just to chat. We will keep our Smile Labs Parramatta community updated on any future changes, so in the meantime, stay safe everyone and keep smiling!

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