Self isolation – what to do in long daylight hours. A few ideas for you !

I have to admit that, although not having to self isolate myself, I am striving to stay at home as much as possible, if not assisting NHW shopping requests.

Having 2 allotments is brilliant, as access is still currently allowed as part of my daily exercise. Having been flooded out of the plots since October, there are loads of jobs to do, so no chance of being bored there.

But… what to do if you are stuck at home, possibly with no garden to tend?

How many repeated programmes jumping out of the little box or wall mounted screen can you take before cracking?

But, if you have the facility to attach a laptop cable to the screen, then the world of entertainment and learning opens up onto the bigger screen, especially if children are cooped up, and parents are looking for entertainment that gives forms of teaching elements. These can also be viewed as a family unit, for joint viewing and learning.

From the Green Goddess coming out of retirement for armchair exercises at 9am every morning, to Steve Backshall putting educational wildlife and exploration blog programmes on line, and various entertainment stars like David Walliams putting their childrens’ stories to read for free, there are huge resources for all ages, if they are not able to be fully active outside of the home at the present time.

For those with active minds, why not jump onto some of the older children educational sites – learn a new language or watch programmes to learn new skills. You Tube has so many sites that can give options for learning – I picked up some tips on log cutting and drying techniques for use with my wood burner, well before the crisis.

The BBC has many educational programmes that can be watched at all ages. Have a good look round and search for something that has always been of interest, but you never had time to study properly, well, now you have !

Having 7 out of 13 grandchildren who are old enough to be home taught, their ability to self research under supervision will be of use to them in future years, and they learn not to be dependent on others; skills for use in colleges and universities in later years.

So, what will you do with your time in “captivity,” and what benefits can be made from use of resources already out there and being put up every day?

Don’t become a sloth if you are in self isolation. You may want to come “out of the other side” with additional skills, or even a new work wish list.