5 Low-Cost Ways To Survive Self-Isolation

Here are some suggestions on things to do that are available at low-cost (or free) that can help you through self-isolation.

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Self-isolation has many of us asking how we can stay lively, positive, and active, when confined to our own homes. Especially for millenials accustomed to the busy and active lifestyles, self-isolation can feel stifling and constricting. So how can we make the most out of it?

Whether you’re an introvert or a gym-buff, here are some suggestions on things to do that are available at low-cost (or free) and can be done at the comforts of your own home:

1. At-Home Workouts

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Keeping active is a great way to keep yourself healthy, both physically and mentally. Might seem rough, or even impossible, to exercise without a gym, but there is a wealth of guided workouts, designed by experts and athletes, that are available for free on your phone or laptop. 

Many of them don’t need any supplies, some only need a yoga mat or resistance bad, but everything is adaptable to make sure you can make the workout work for you at home. 

Here are some of my personal favorite guided workouts (all free and available either as apps or on websites):

Nike Training Club App

With workouts led by some of the world’s most famous athletes (like Christiano Ronaldo), this app gives you a range of workouts for different body groups (i.e. core, cardio, arms), and most of the exercises don’t need any equipment!

Blogilates (YouTube channel & website)

Blogilates is the ideal guided workout platform for someone looking for upbeat exercises, with fun pop tracks and easy to follow exercises. 

Peleton App

Thousands of fitness classes are available online through the Peleton 90-Day free trial, with classes ranging from bootcamps to guided cycling classes for those with a bike.

Daily Yoga App

Guided yoga classes for those looking for either an introduction to yoga or to keep practicing.

2. Meditation

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Renowned by mental health experts for decades, meditation and mindfulness practices have demonstrated time and time again as a great way to relax, destress 

Here are some great apps for guided meditation for those that need a little push to meditate (some are free or have different subscription services):

Calm 

Headspace

Both provide guided meditations and tracking tools for those looking for a little structure in their meditation. 

3. Pick up a book

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Now’s the perfect time to finally get to reading that book that’s been on your ‘to-read’ list for a while. 

To avoid going to a library or bookstore (practice that social-distancing), check out the extensive library of books available on iBooks, Kindle, or Audible. For free options, https://www.gutenberg.org is a great website to access loads of classical books completely free (and it’s legal!). The library of congress website also offers several free reads of classical books like the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn or Anne of Green Gables.

4. Binge a Netflix show

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Netflix (and other streaming services) offer a wealth of movies, shows, and documentaries that you can fill up your time with. Whether you’re in the mood for a light-hearted flick or an educational film, your choices are pretty much endless! 

If you’re looking for some fascinating docuseries, Wild Wild Country is a fascinating account of the cult that took America by storm, and Dirty Money is a riveting series on corporate corruption. For the crime buffs, Mindhunter and Making a Murderer have received raving reviews. And for anyone looking for some lighthearted fun, Friends, The Office, and How I Met Your Mother are some timeless classics still available on Netflix!

5. Start Journaling

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Now may be the best time, if ever, to pick up your journal (or start a new one) and start chronicling your daily life. Might seem dull at first - writing down everything you do during self-isolation, but journaling can be a great opportunity for reflection and practicing mindfulness. Not to mention it marks a unique opportunity to chronicle your personal experiences through a life-changing experience.


 

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