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Things you can do during self-isolation

Here are some links to things that can keep you connected, busy or entertained during self-isolation.

Learn a language

If you want to use this time to learn a language or brush up on your language skills, there are lots of resources available online. We like Duolingo and Drops, which both help you get to grips with the basics of a number of languages with fun games, and can both be downloaded as smartphone apps.

Play Games over a Video Call

Houseparty is a great app you can use to video call friends, either individually or in groups. You can also play fun games together through the app!

Lichess is an online multiplayer chess website. Why not try playing a game of chess while FaceTiming or video calling someone!

Discord is a video, voice and text chat service that you can use with friends while playing video games.

Learn something new

If you fancy learning something new, The Open University has made a number of courses available – you can learn about anything from history, to psychology to science…all for free!

Try some indoor exercise

If you want to get a bit of exercise from the comfort of your home, Joe Wicks, a fitness trainer, is uploading home workouts every day, which are all available on YouTube.

Practice mindfulness and meditation 

You could also use the time to practise mindfulness. Apps like Calm and Headspace offer loads of guided meditations.


  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

We know this is a stressful situation but the best thing you can do until the situation resolves itself is to stay calm, and follow government advice so as to best protect yourself, and everybody else in your community

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