Night Out in Isolation Times

It’s a tough time for us all.

But it’s also the perfect time to be responsible. Some people are self-isolating, just in case. Better safe than sorry, right?

Others, on the other hand, don’t even want to imagine how it feels to be under the weather anytime soon. Therefore, the latter group is practising social distancing.

Either way, lots of us are stuck between the four walls with seemingly not much to do. Sure, you might work from home, but what happens after 5 pm?

But things don’t have to be so gloomy. With this article, we’ll do our best to cheer all of you up.

Or perhaps you’re enjoying this secluded period? In that case, we’ll give you creative ideas on how to have even more fun while home alone.

Perfect Time to Unwind

There’s a sea of articles telling you how to be productive under quarantine. But what if you’ve had enough of productivity? If you’re lucky, you’ll have all the time of the world for yourself. Thus, we see no reason why you shouldn’t use it to relax.

Plus, even if you enjoy watching documentaries, learning foreign languages or knitting, maybe it’s time for a change. Those are all hobbies, after all. And who says you can’t have more than one?

Our suggestion for the self-isolation period is to throw a party. Yes, a party. A fiesta. Whatever floats your boat. But bear in mind – this fiesta is going to be a solo ride.

Mind you, that doesn’t imply it’s not going to be fun. Quite the contrary – this celebration will be one to remember.

We base this suggestion on empirical studies that show that spending time alone is healthy. While being social and interacting with other humans is important, what arguably matters more is being able to be on one’s own. Few are the things that are easier to bear than one’s thoughts.

Think of the last time you were truly by yourself. Sitting or lying down with no phone in sight. Just you and your mind, free to wander wherever it will. Most people cannot recall such an instance. Why? Because we’re so used to busying ourselves with other people’s business. Humans glue their brains to their smartphone screens scrolling mindlessly through social media, without stopping to think whether they are really enjoying it.

We should all put a stop to this irrational activity. It’s time for some good old quality me-time.

A Solo Party?

To put on an enjoyable solo fiesta, you need to have some props. Luckily, most of these things you already have.

First of all, you need to decide on the theme. Do you want to organise a holiday-themed party? Or you’d like to have an impromptu bar in your own flat? You can do it.

Stock up on the main ingredients you need to make a good cocktail. This looks like the ideal opportunity to try out new beverages. Experiment a little and try something you never have before. If you have a flatmate, you can mix something up for them as well. But keep a safe distance.

On top of it, buy yourself some snacks or order take-away food. Alternatively, you can even cook. Speaking of those productive skills. Think of all the times you didn’t have time to taste some homemade dishes. Now you can do it. Who says you’ll gain weight while on lockdown? Maybe you’ll take the shot – mind the pun – to get back on track and live healthier.

Whichever theme you choose, we suggest you decorate the interior accordingly. You can browse for inspiration online and just improvise with what you have at home.

Another theme can be a casino. Make use of random bits and bobs you have lying around. Fish out a couple of decks of cards, use monopoly money, scatter them around to feel that luxurious land-based gambling vibe. To boost the mood, you can play virtual casino games. This is where your phone or laptop will come in handy. Just visit the online casino directory and search through the comprehensive list of online gaming venues. Chose your one and spend some time spinning the slot reels or counting cards in Blackjack. No worries, you can play for real money or for free. The trick is to feel the atmosphere.

Alternatively, your festival can be just practising self-care. Do what feels good. You can journal or write plans for the future. Or maybe you want to avoid thinking about far-fetched events. You do you. Binge a TV show, why not? Prepare a face mask. Play a video game. Join a movie club – the choice is yours.

At the end of the day, the period of isolation doesn’t necessarily have to be house imprisonment. Use it to take the edge off and stay away from the news 24/7. Keep the drama low and your spirits high.

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