How to Handle Social Distancing Due to the Coronavirus: Advice from an Introvert

woman looking out of window while social distancing

Social distancing, self isolation, quarantine...they all mean slightly different things but the result is the same: spending less time around people and more time at home.

A lot of people are currently being asked to work from home, stay away from large gatherings and, if showing symptoms of COVID-19 (also known as the coronavirus), completely self isolate for 7-14 days.

If you're an extrovert who enjoys being around other people, or even if you're just not used to being at home all the time, you might find this difficult. You may not know how to fill your days and you'll probably miss interaction with other humans.

As an introvert (and more specifically an INFP, according to the Myers-Briggs test), I'm happy with my own company and can actually find too much social interaction draining. I like having alone time and am quite good at finding ways to entertain myself.

The key to not going completely stir crazy under these conditions is to keep both your mind and body active. Obviously if you're off work because you're ill the most productive thing you can do is rest. But if you're well and just taking precautionary measures, here are ten suggestions of ways you can stay productive while stuck indoors, whether that's due to social distancing or any other reason. 

1. At-home workouts
It's important to stay active and if you're keeping away from the gym for the time being, why not try doing some home workouts? If you're not sure where to start, you can find plenty on YouTube and Instagram.

2. Experiment with new recipes
Now's the perfect time to whip up all those delicious looking recipes you've bookmarked but never got around to trying.

3. Learn a new language or skill
Whether you've always wanted to learn needlepoint or how to speak Spanish, now's your chance. You can learn any language for free, just by downloading an app on your phone (I use Duolingo), and YouTube is a goldmine for how-to videos on pretty much everything under the sun.

4. Clean, organise and declutter your house
Spend some time working on your living space. I bet that by the end of your isolation your house will never have looked so clean!

5. Work on some home projects
You could take the cleaning and organising one step further and start working on those things about your house that have been annoying you for ages; like that broken cupboard door, for instance.

6. Start writing that novel
I bet you've always dreamed of writing a book. Well, spend the next couple of weeks writing an outline and get cracking on your first draft. 

7. Work on your blog
Any blogger will tell you that there's not enough time in the day to do everything they'd like to for their blog. Writing posts, staying active on social media, taking photos and doing general blog admin can be overwhelming, but now is your chance. Take advantage of this extra time to catch up.

8. Get through your TBR pile
Most of us have a pile of unread books by our bed (or on our bookshelf, or spilling over onto the floor...) so now's a great time to start making a dent in that pile. 

9. Call or Facetime friends and family
You may miss face-to-face interaction while at home alone. Make sure to have regular contact with other adults in the form of phone or video chats.

10. Make sure to rest
Making time to relax is just as important as getting things done. Don't beat yourself up if you're not as productive as you'd like to be during this time. This could be your one chance it take it slowly and catch up on some sleep. This will soon be over so take the opportunity to look after yourself. 

Are you currently stuck at home due to social distancing or self isolation? How are you handling it? Let me know in the comments.

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  1. All of these are super important during this time. I recently wrote a post with all of my tips for staying motivated during this time. I think my best tip is to get into a routine! Great Post.

    1. I agree, it's really important to have a daily routine. I'll check your post out!

  2. These are great tips for keeping busy at home. I love being at home; although I think after a few days I would have to leave and talk a walk outside (even if its just out in the garden) for my own sanity.
    I work in healthcare so there is no option to work from home for me, but that's ok because I went into healthcare to work with people and help them.
    Keep safe and great post!

    Aimsy xoxo
    Aimsy’s Antics

  3. How come gaming isn't on this list :( That's one of the things an introvert would do isn't it?

  4. Love this! Trying new recipes is a great idea 😊 I love arts and crafts too x

  5. We have been working more on our blog and working on little home improvement projects - it's a really strange time but these are really good ideas to keep busy!

  6. Thanks for sharing! I wrote a similar blog post too. Let's all make use of the extra time we have at home ♡

    —Athena Christy

  7. I’m currently just working my way through every true crime item on Netflix while I get over the worst of my symptoms. Then: productivity!!!

  8. I'm a remote worker and have been for over 10 years so my day-to-day routines haven't really changed. These are great tips, although with my daughter being home from school indefinitely I'm not sure how many of them I'll be able to implement! Lisa x

  9. Love this, learning new language is on my to do list

  10. Those are all great tips! I must admit I've never cooked as much and did as much house work than now before.

    I still hope things go back to normal soon, I miss the office gossip :(

  11. Great tips - I'm super introverted myself but I need to have a focus or I'll go mad!

  12. These are great suggestions, Nic! Since I have stopped going to gym classes, I am finding the workout classes on YouTube really good - PopSugar have loads of great ones! Also, blogging is such a good distraction, there are always things to do when you are a blogger :) Thank you for sharing, hope you are staying safe and well <3 xx

    Bexa |

  13. Love this list. I've tried two new recipes since I've started self-isolating! I also bought some new creative materials to get me interested in lapsed hobbies! I could also do with doing a clearout....

  14. Great tips! I'm also an introvert who was already working from home so I think I'm doing better than most. This is a perfect post for the people that have complained to me about being bored.

  15. As an introvert, I am certainly finding this self-isolation to be quite easy. Though I will admit the first few days few weird, almost surreal but now it's business as usual in my home. Even so, I'm glad that there are so many people sharing suggestions on what to do during this stay at home time because even those of us who thrive on being alone may need help filling in the time or finding something new to do in the weeks ahead.

  16. This is such a helpful post for anyone who is struggling through this situation and what they can be doing! Thank you for sharing these ideas Nic! X

  17. These are all great tips!! I enjoy my own company too, so I don't find the isolation as a problem, however I do like to roam freely in public. It's important to stay distracted yet productive at home. I definitely need to read those books I've been putting off for so long😩 this is definitely the perfect opportunity. I've also been trying to get my blog posts scheduled for April! Great tips, thanks for sharing👏🏾

    Natonya |

  18. It's a weird time for sure. I work from home anyway and live in a very small town so my day-to-day life hasn't changed that much, and the number of people I see on the streets is similar too because there were so few to begin with. I do live opposite a school so not hearing the kids (and using them as a clock to keep track of my day) is a bit odd, but that's the only big difference. I'm still really busy right now so haven't found myself with much time to fill yet, I'm actually a little jealous of everyone making their way through their TBRs and starting new projects x



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