Keeping busy during COVID-19

mental health, Self Care, Uncategorized

I am planning to self isolate due to my blood tests all being funky the past few months- still unknown + after following this advice on the ME association website…

“The key points are:

1.  From now on anyone with coronavirus symptoms (i.e. dry cough and fever) should self-isolate, along with every member of their household, for 14 days.

2.  Everyone now needs to be taking strict social distancing measures, which involve avoiding:unnecessary social contact with other people.

AVOIDING: unnecessary travel, meetings and public gatherings, going to bars, restaurants, cinemas, theatres etc.

3.  The Government are advising that those who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (Covid-19) infection are particularly stringent in following social distancing measures.

In addition to the elderly and people who have pre-existing medical conditions (CS note: ME/CFS included), pregnancy has been added to the list – although information on the effect of this virus on both pregnant women and the unborn child remains uncertain.”

I’ve written a big fat list of ideas for if you find yourself stuck not knowing what to do. Here’s where normally abled bodied people may begin to empathise with the chronically ill and elderly. We are pretty good at spending all day in our beds + yes our mental health does suffer!

I am now into day four of self isolation. I am isolating myself as much as possible. Brighton have some incredible systems set in place including whatsapp groups of neighbours on each street with first aid, safe guarding training, people who are just genuinely lovely and want to help others.

DAY 1: Freshly done nails mid changing sheets.

For when you start to go a little stir crazy…

Plan art projects

  • Posters
  • Cards
  • Letters
  • Paintings
  • Drawings

Play Sims 4

  • Download it on PC with origin.

View online first aid videos and take notes

Learn a new skill

  • Educational
  • Fun

Take an online course

  • There are lots of free ones + cheap ones

Organise work/ uni folders

  • Colour code them
  • Organise in sections
  • Create title pages
  • Contents

Go on kids BBC bitesize and fresh your science knowledge.

Teach yourself a 1 player game

Cook something new

Watch a YouTube tutorial

  • Cooking
  • Makeup
  • Art Skill
  • Computer game

Learn to do cats cradle by yourself

Plan your weeks

  • Give yourself a schedule or routine

Yoga at home

Excercise workouts/ videos at home

  • Lucy Wyndham- Read has some good free Hiit workouts.- YOUTUBE

Go in the garden (if it’s not raining)

  • Do some gardening
  • Mow the lawn
  • De-weed
  • Clean the patio
  • Jet wash anything and everything

Make a pretty mask to protect against catching germs

  • Make sure its secure enough to work

Make a budgeting list

  • Money might be uncertain but theres lots of free things in the world you just need to work out you expenditures
  • Excel spreadsheet your spendings

FaceTime friends

  • Group FaceTime works for up to 30 people

If you have a business, sort out admin including money, records, up to date learning


Learn some basics of a new language

Sharpen your knives

Educate yourself on issues by reading charity websites/ blogs

  • awareness is important


Look up happy news!

Teach yourself a card trick

Sew holes up and buttons on clothes.

Create a Bullet journal

  • You could spend days doing this! Pinterest has some cool aesthetically pleasing tips.

Create your own puzzle with paper/ card and pens

Read a book

Watch a film

  • Add some to your watch list

Binge watch a series

Start a diary of emotions

Buy from local online shops!

Bake cupcakes


Monitor your health symptoms

Call an elderly person and have a chat.


Virtual dinner date / coffee date.

Get up and go on a walk in the countryside

Catch up virtually with an old friend

  • Have a virtual coffee date

Learn some BSL or Makaton.

Beauty Self Care 💜

Wax or Shave

Hair mask

Do funny makeup looks

Practice a new hair / makeup look

Fake Tan

  • Exfoliate
  • Tan
  • Moisturise

Give yourself a Facial

Tidy up your brows.

Learn a new beauty skill

Paint your nails

  • Gels?
  • Nail art?

Give yourself an at home spa pedicure

Moisturise everything

  • Coconut oil masks wrap cling film on top.

Create your own natural beauty products

  • Scrubs
  • Lipbalms
  • Face masks

Design a tattoo

  • I’d never get a tattoo but I think its pretty fun to draw them!

Have a bubble bath


De-clutter + Organise 🛠

Tidy all kitchen cupboards

Donate any unwanted dry food to food banks

  • Arrange collection if you aren’t going out.


  • Don’t forget the skirting boards

Deep clean bathrooms

  • Under or around the bath

Clean your oven

Clear out your wardrobe

  • Arrange Donation Piles
  • Keep Piles
  • Give to friends/ Family

Re organise furniture in a room

  • I do this all the time + alway do my back in so be careful please!

Having weekly activity aims

  • Health
  • Emotional
  • Physical
  • Mental Excercise

Teach yourself an accent or 3!

Brain training or Mental maths

Improve a skill you already have


Learn some origami

Print old photos and create a scrapbook

Edit your Spotify playlists

  • Have one for each mood, genre, era

Put things online to sell

  • Depop
  • Ebay
  • Gumtree
  • Facebook Marketplace

Delete old emails

  • Filter them in folders if needed

Delete old photos

  • Delete duplicates
  • Put into albums of events
  • Add peoples faces (comes in handy for birthdays)

Add peoples birthdays to your calendar!

Back up your whole life on to a hard drive

De clutter that random drawer of stuff (I have 3)

Chuck out the rubbish under your bed.

Make wish lists online – order them by clothes, beauty, diy, Home, educational etc.

Create Pinterest Boards

Fix that computer/ printer/ techy thing you’ve been ignoring for months

If you’re stills stuck for ideas or want to know what you could do to keep kids busy, let me know! I have tonnes in my crazy brain!

STAY SAFE, KEEP HAPPY + enjoy some downtime





This has been sat in my drafts for a good few months as I’ve added ideas… It was almost ready to post then the Coronavirus was plonked into our lives, I thought it would be a good idea to adapt this to tasks which have been made readily available during the months of COVID-19 also.

CITIZENS ADVICE UK: “Some people or organisations like employers, shops, local authorities and schools must take positive steps to remove the barriers you face because of your disability.”

“Higher Education providers/ The workplace/ housing/ shops must make reasonable adjustments to ensure that you can use the education and other benefits, facilities and services provided as far as is reasonable to the same standard as non-disabled students.”


As a member of the chronically ill community, I can’t help but feel a little bitter. It really really frustrates me to say, it is highly likely that many resources which have been made available for all with internet access during COVID-19, including online study methods and virtual tours, are not likely to be available in the months post COVID-19.

I know I, along with others are really holding onto the hope that ‘every cloud has a silver lining’ perhaps companies will begin to understand accessibility to all isn’t particularly difficult. The Equality act 2010 – THE LAW! States ‘there is a duty to make reasonable adjustments’ Realistically, we all know this is unfortunately not a very inforced law.

Pre- COVID-19 how realistic was this, that these reasonable adjustments were it into place properly? Disabled people are often met with ‘this isn’t possible’ ‘no’ COVID- 19 has proved our needs are possible to meet.

I spent over a year at University fighting for the right support, only to be repetitively told it was not possible, I had to pause my studies due to the lack of support for my health conditions. Frustratingly, COVID-19 arrives in our laps and everything changes ‘simply’ overnight to accommodate all able bodied students and workers needs. Now I understand that it is a bit of a faff to accommodate one students needs correctly, but I really do believe if adjustments can be made for 20,000 members of staff and students during a pandemic, it shouldn’t be difficult to source correct measures to help students under the disability and dyslexia teams.


When things finally calm down with Covid-19, it will be really interesting to see what positives arise. Remember people will be dealing with loss, grief, financial struggles, anxieties and those classed as ‘high risk, vulnerable or extremely vulnerable’ will still be sick. It is absolutely heart- warming to see the support being offered to us by COVID-19 Mutual aid support groups. As lockdown is lifted, people begin to become busier, I just hope the people mentioned do not go forgotten. Stay in touch with your sick and elderly neighbours, chat to people when you’re out. Offer to get people something at the shops and still call your friends regularly for a chat. COVID-19 has brought issues that many people face everyday into the realities of everyone else’s lives. Keep resources readily available for all. I believe empathy to be one of our strongest powers as humans.

This post is not intended to be a big fat moan and simply help you to keep busy when you’re sick in bed, while understanding the positive impact of this situation. I’m going to leave you with the thoughts above and get on with this now:)

NOW: How to keep your brain entertained if you’re stuck in bed poorly.

Firstly create a Fatigue scale- to see if you should be resting or are okay to do some activities.

Start a Bullet Journal

OMG I wish I was good at art! Some people have the most beautiful bullet journals! They’re really good to track symptoms.

-create health symptom trackers

Get creative

Animal live cams





Go to concerts from your bed

Mindfulness and meditation


Watch national theatre from home

Play Sims

– this can last hours, create houses and villages for everyone and everything!

Take a ride on a rollercoaster virtual reality

Take a trip to London- virtually of-course!

Museum virtual tours

Eat nice snacks


Imagine you are abroad by looking at live cams of beautiful destinations

Do your makeup – Try doing different looks to usual or using your hands instead of brushes etc..


Brush your teeth! If you are feeling poorly, this can help you to feel a little better.

Best films to watch for each mood:

Tint your eyebrows.

Whiten your teeth.

Brush your hair

Give yourself a facial with products in bed.

Deep heat or Deep Freeze massage!

Tweezer out some hairs- this could take hours!

Read a book.

Do Pelvic floor excercises.

Practice self care.

Do a hair mask- I’ve signed up to Curlee hair subscription box and I absolutely love it! I also really like garnier ultimate blends hair foods hair masks:)

Put on a face mask.- Lush or Bodyshop of course!

Rehab excercises.

Do online personality quizzes!

Look forward to the future.

Plan fun things

Book holidays or day trips

Watch series – Netflix, Now TV, Amazon Prime Videos.

Power nap

Therapeutic rest – rest on top of your bed as opposed to under the duvet.

Paint your nails

Play Games on your phone

Adult colouring books

Online mental health support – including CBT

– There are lots of online mental health support links & books you can buy including ‘CBT for dummies’

Netflix & Chill

Listen to random music

Get lost in youtube

Make lists- write everything down. I have a brain like a sieve and wish I did this more!

Listen to Audiobooks:

Have a day watching movies with friends

– socialising is important even if you can’t leave your bed.

OBVS- coronavirus being here we are social distancing so maybe watch the same film as your friend whilst on face time or have a phone call chat about the film afterwards!

Plan pretty room decor ideas

Pinterest is fab for this

Name 5 things you see hear smell touch taste

Ease Anxiety

Phone someone.

Facetime someone.

Write an article, book or piece of text.

Donate to a charity: Charities are struggling now than ever, I’m sure if you’re anything like me you’ll have saved money on activities, restaurants, pubs, shopping etc this month! Consider donating your daily coffee allowance to a charity of your choice. Perhaps splitting the money between more than one could be a nice thing to do too.

Share something that makes you smile on facebook

– I can spend hours getting lost in the videos section of Facebook!


“Invest in rest”

Save your spoons. – This is in reference to my perious post, save any excess energy for days you may need more.

Nap x100

– You’re poorly & rest isn’t important!

Plan recipes for other people to cook you 😉 — I plan to make a disabled friendly cooking/ recipe book at some point, in the meantime get others to chef up your creations:)

Cuddle someone or something.

Write down what you may need help with.

Do an online food shop

– this can make me really tired, so don’t be worried if it takes you a few days to complete!

Create baskets and wishlists with your favourite clothes companies.

Treat yourself

Play a game

Learn a new skill.

– a language

– BSL- Learn British sign language with youtube videos, Isabella Signs, sing along with us, BSL zone, British Sign etc..

– Mental maths practice

– Research a topic

Look at cute animals online

Save storage to make your devices run faster.

Delete old emails.

Delete old photos.

Delete old texts.

Delete irrelevant contacts.

Take your pen for a walk.

This doesn’t put any strain on your joints and you can colour in as much or as little as you like.

Google earth is fun- explore the world from your bed!

Organise apps on your phone

– put them into organised folders of subject or how often they are used/ what they’re used for.

Create wish lists and shopping lists for clothes, household, stationary etc..

Take part in online surveys & questionnaires

Sleep some more….

Do light activities that might help a friend with their job or studying that doesn’t require too much brain power.

Take the load off others by doing any admin type roles.

Keep everything close to your bed so you can maintain independence even when you’re poorly.

I will keep updating this if I think of anymore:)

Take care & stay safe xxx