Ideas for Passing Time in Quarantine

Selina is a 4th year UBC student studying Cellular, Anatomical, and Physiological Sciences.

As students who are used to the constant bustle of attending classes on campus or enjoying a meal with friends, the idea of a two-week quarantine or the indefinite period of physical distancing, many students are facing this year is uncharted territory. How do we take care of ourselves and fill up our time that is no longer spent out and about? Here are some small ideas that you can try out!

Have a movie night

Whether your preferred video chat platform is FaceTime, Facebook messenger, or Zoom, there are different ways for you to keep in touch with friends and family. Video chatting is a great way to see familiar faces, all from the comfort of your home. If you enjoy watching movies with some company, you can try Netflix Party, a chrome extension that can sync the playback across all accounts so you and your friends can watch and react to moments in real time. You can find out more information about how to livestream videos with friends on other platforms here.

Organize your music library

There is something satisfying about being able to easily find the perfect song, podcast, or playlist to start your day or study session. Creating an organized digital space is not only helpful for enhancing workflow, but I find the process of cataloguing something personal like music quite therapeutic. It is a simple task that I usually don’t make time for, but ever since I organized my music into themed folders, I find myself more excited to start the day knowing I will be able to find the exact song I need for any moment. Everyone has a unique way of sorting their music by different genres or mood so have fun experimenting! The process of listening to old playlists is also a great trip down memory lane.

Make yourself feel at home

With most of our days being spent at home for the upcoming months, it is important to create an environment that allows you to feel comfortable, motivated, and inspired. Taking care of the space you call home is an extension of taking care of yourself. Some ideas for sprucing up your space can involve decorating your walls with your own art. Even just printing out a few images and arranging a visual mood board by your desk can be a nice afternoon activity. YouTube offers many simple tutorials for a variety of DIY art projects so you can connect to your inner artist and personalize your room. Quarantine is also a great time to develop your green thumb. Plants not only can be propagated (more baby plants to liven up your space!), but they also help purify the air and have been proven to reduce stress.  Plus, nurturing something can give you a great sense of purpose. Talk about a perfect home companion!

Learn more about ways to support your mental health year-round during Thrive month November 1-30, or join the Wellness Centre Online  access information, strategies, and resources to help support your health and wellbeing,