Surviving Iso – A Personal Story

COVID-19…What a strange and trying time. We wrote the following series of career hacks in a world that seemed upside down…but, we know that once this is all a distant memory, they will still speak a lot of truth – they are topics that will continue to arise and test us throughout our lives. 

So, you’re stuck at home like the rest of us. Doing your bit to stop the spread and flatten the curve. Maybe you’ve got some time on your hands to dabble in that project idea, binge watch that series you missed, or endlessly scroll through social media. But how do you stay sane during all of this?

I survived two weeks in quarantine after returning from overseas – with no fresh air or natural light. So, take it from me…you can and will get through it!

Here are some tips I’ve thrown together to make sure you survive (and thrive) during your time in iso.

1 // Exercise Daily
An easy thing to say! Harder to do. But it’s critical to your health, so make it a priority. Walk, run or crawl, as long as you move your body each and every day.

2 // Eat Healthily
Snacking on junk food may be tempting. Who doesn’t love a good brownie? It’s important to try and eat nutritious foods to maintain the best possible physical and mental health.

3 // Remain Connected
Reach out to friends, family and loved ones. Be proactive. If you’re studying, make sure you remain in contact with your lecturers to keep yourself accountable.

4 // Turn Up Those Tunes
Music can be an amazing way to unwind and relax. Chuck on some of your favourite hits, old classics or instrumental pieces.

5 // Do (A Bit Of) Study
Needless to say, most of us are probably still studying. Add to that being all online and it can be difficult to find your routine. Schedule some time to study each day, ensuring you stay on top of your work and don’t fall behind.

6 // Look For Opportunities
Even though it’s uncertain times, you may find some comfort in drawing up a few plans for later in 2020 or next year. Want to travel somewhere? Volunteer for an organisation? DO an internship with a specific company? This can give you something to aspire towards and motivate you.

And yes…we are living through history! Leave some time to chill and just be present. Remember, there is light at the end of the tunnel (it might just be a long tunnel!).

This article was written by Dominic, one of the genYOU content creation team members.