How to Diversify Self-isolation: SUSU Students Share Their Experience

It seems that an unplanned vacation is a perfect opportunity to relax, get oneself together and try something new. In fact, self-isolation at home can be really depressing. But it is no time to worry! There are many simple and effective ways to distract oneself and to start doing something actually useful.

  1. To train your brain, you could study the basics of a foreign language, or take a webinar on self-development. You could even change your occupation and start working from home after taking online courses on SMM. Also you could be solving very complex mathematical problems. The Internet has a lot of resources to offer, so the brain does not get bored in isolation; after all, it is never too late to learn.

“Last week I started practicing my English in an online school. The lessons are held with a native speaker, and you get this feeling like you are talking to your old friend via video communication. I think that by the end of the quarantine I will be fluent in English,” says Olesya Sulimova, 3rd-year student of the Institute of Media, Social Sciences and Humanities.

  1. Diseases associated with a sedentary lifestyle have long been called an invisible epidemic. Though you can hardly pace a ten-thousand-steps distance around your apartment, you can still try to not to be lying or sitting. You can just simply download a number of video lessons on the topic of interest and start practicing. There are also many sports and activities smartphone apps.

“I have never been a fan of sports, but during the quarantine I started practicing yoga. I found a yoga sports channel on YouTube and I try to exercise every day,” says Zhanna Singatulina, 3rd-year student of the Institute of Media, Social Sciences and Humanities.

  1. Cleaning and things reorganization are the most useful and obvious activities for home confinement. Examine your wardrobe, clean up the workplace. You can even do some repairing to refresh your space. And if arranging things into sets is not for you, there is also a way to develop your cooking skill. Take out a huge cookery book, arm yourself with a whisk and make a delicious dinner!

“After a week at home I decided to take online courses on cooking Italian dishes. In two days I had carbonara for dinner and even tried to bake panforte. Of course, I am not a great chef, but the food was really delicious!” shares Nikita Stolbov, 3rd-year student of the SUSU School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science.

  1. Surely everyone has paper books that they once bought, but never opened hoping to read those sometime later. This “later” is here now, so you can take out a dusty volume and lose yourself in literature. However, nowadays there is a new platform: podcasts. Business, productivity, science, technologies, humour and other interesting podcasts can be found in the collections.

“I like listening to the podcast of an educational and cultural project. Sounds utopian, but the quality is good: short stories about art, literature and history are mastered with flying colours!” shares Elena Perevalova, 3rd-year student of the SUSU School of Economics and Management.

The forced self-isolation is not easy. Just use this time to pump skills and engage in self-education. After all, the quarantine will end, but the knowledge will remain.

Polina Karavanskaya, photo by: Oleg Igoshin
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