Physical Isolation: Things to do?

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GO3838

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I saw there was a thread about movies/tv/books to recommend for isolation. but I'm interested in what to do.

If anyone had said to me a year ago that I could have two weeks off out of the classroom for full pay, I would have thought it would be fantastic.
But now that is a reality and not a hypothetical, I find it most unsettling.
There has never before been an ON government that closed all ON schools for 2 weeks.
I understand the logic of it: the virus is much less likely to spread if the classroom are shut down. But by shutting them all down, there will be a huge demand for childcare.
(And many daycares have shut down too, decreasing the supply of childcare even more.)
There will be so many parents who will have to stay home from work because they have no childcare.
And I can't help thinking about the most vulnerable students: many don't have a clean home with adequate nutrition. They are actually at greater risk of getting sick staying home than they would be at school, if school is cleaner and warmer, and where they can get the breakfast and lunch for learning.

But I will feel less unsettled and less anxious if I do things. For one thing, I could declutter. I had intended to make it my Lenten practise this year to remove one item every day for 40 days - declutter by recycling or giving away one item every day. However, I never managed to start. But now I can spend my March Break "binge decluttering" as a good Lenten practise and a good thing to do while in physical isolation.

Then after my March Break, I could do some babysitting. (My own teens are long past this age, so I'm talking about babysitting someone else's children.)
Some of my fellow teachers are saying that if we are going to be off with pay, then one thing we can do is provide free childcare for someone who needs to go to work, especially someone who works in healthcare and who might be really needed in the workforce.

Any other suggestions of things we can do while in physical isolation?
 

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I'm a knitter, so will be finishing some unfinished projects. I may also try to sew something. I'll consider getting to a fabric store before they close. I've started reorganizing and decluttering our small space. It's a tetris game so having more time to do it will be good.
 

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I'm feeling a bit bereft. I am missing all my church stuff, and while I'm not self-isolating (because I work part-time in a grocery store), I wonder if I should do so outside of work, because I'm more likely to be contagious.

I do need to get a few cans of dog food in, just in case.

I would read, knit, and clean, probably in that order, should I ever be forced to stop...
 

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Go for walks, write poetry, a book? Take up Art and learn some techniques off Youtube. Learn how to play the guitar?
Call friends you haven't seen for a long time, maybe even some kids that you're worried about?
 

Northwind

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I do also have some books that need to be read prior to decluttering them.
 

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Boatload Puzzles.....type it in Google

Free crossword puzzles online.
 

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Things are actually pretty typical for me. Chemguy is still planning on going to work, as he has his own office there and there aren't a lot of people, but he will probably doing a little more from home than usual too. I will be altering some of my medical plans though, not sure of everything yet, stuff will be sorted this week.

Things have actually improved a bit from me, as everyone else isn't going out as much.
 

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Nice idea GO to offer child care if you know some who may need it. Work gives us so much structure - it's weird being without it. I found that when I retired.

Catch up on some sleep; keep a bit of daily routine with a balance of activities. l Get outside for some exercise. Call friends & chat on the phone. Don't watch too much news! Cook or bake something new & share with your neighbours. Shop for somebody who needs assist (I have lists from two friends who are on their way home this week & will self-isolate. I started a new jigsaw puzzle yesterday - worked on it sporadically today. I'm still recovering from an issue with +++ hand pain; and unfortunately yesterday I knit for too long and triggered a bit of a relapse - lesson learned. I hope to do a bit more decluttering too if my hands agree its a good idea! Some neighbours are furiously spring cleaning :oops: - gotta say I never really understood that concept!
 

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Just because we're physically isolated doesn't mean we should be socially isolated.
(in fact we should absolutely should not be socially isolated, and the internet makes this easier than ever.)

Thanks for suggestions.
Reading? I am, but there's only so much I can do at once.
Puzzles? Ditto.
Tantric sex? My husband is away right now on a course. (Which is not shut down right now, as there are only about 12 students, and they're mostly outdoors.)
Walkng? Absolutely. Beautiful sunny. crisp weather in ON the last few days.
Baking? I made a Guinness chocolate cake with Bailey's buttercream frosting. And vegan tea biscuits.

Still procrastinating about cleaning.
 

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As a retired person, these times are having less impact on me than if I were still employed. I worked in a day treatment program . . . I wonder if it has been cancelled or if my former colleagues are carrying on. I heard that the dentists have been encouraged by their college to cancel all elective dental visits at this time. Not sure if this is a suggestion or a mandate.
 

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I really prefer the term "Physical Isolation" to "self-isolation". It is more accurate, for one thing.
Yes, to me, self-isolation just sounds redundant.
I have a couple of NY Times crossword puzzle books I could work through. DVD's to see. Books to read.
Maybe I'll start my spring cleaning... eventually....
 

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As a retired person, these times are having less impact on me than if I were still employed. I worked in a day treatment program . . . I wonder if it has been cancelled or if my former colleagues are carrying on. I heard that the dentists have been encouraged by their college to cancel all elective dental visits at this time. Not sure if this is a suggestion or a mandate.
my friend OT who works in hospital based paeds OP programme - visits cancelled late Friday. So she'll be busy today contacting the parents (hopefully) to let them know. Imagine the staff will be redeployed to screening duties as during SARS.
 

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I really prefer the term "Physical Isolation" to "self-isolation". It is more accurate, for one thing.
I guess it's probably because it's "self" who imposes it upon recommendation - it's not state mandated 'quarantine'.
 

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Yes, to me, self-isolation just sounds redundant.
I have a couple of NY Times crossword puzzle books I could work through. DVD's to see. Books to read.
Maybe I'll start my spring cleaning... eventually....
Pace yourself as that old saying: "one Deis at a time dear Jesus!" If all Deis come at once the sky would explode! Arch*eis ...
 

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There is a website listing STEM challenges.

One could read via Facetime to young grands and give the parents a break. One friend is playing games (Snakes and Ladders) with her young grands. She is in one US state and the little ones in Hawaii.

Do some sort of art or craft - but don't overdo music practice, or things like knitting because of the aching body parts.

Do yoga or other types of in home exercise.

Phone elders/those with chronic illness that you know.

Delete excess junk from your computer.

Sort out your photo collection and scan important ones for family members.
 

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My sister has been getting physio and OT as part of her stroke recovery. Groups have been cancelled, visitors/family companions have been limited and they are considering cancelling individual appointments.
 

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I have a mammogram booked next week. . . I wonder if it will be cancelled. It is an elective procedure, after all.
 
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