We asked our Prefects for tips on how to get through isolation, here are some of their recommendations:
Make a list of the things you want achieve while in isolation: this could be schoolwork you want to do, skills you want to learn, books you want to read or anything else.
Get exercising: do some exercise at home or make use of your one outdoor activity a day for a walk, run cycle etc.
Keep up to date on schoolwork: it’s easy to fall behind on schoolwork when you’re at home so try to stick to your normal schedule during term time and get ahead of any homework you’re set.
Stay in touch with friends: staying social is important, especially when you can’t see friends in person. Chatting over facetime or group chats is a great way to do this, as is doing regular group activities and games.
Stick to a routine: you don’t have to plan your day down to the minute or anything ridiculous like that but knowing when you plan to sleep, eat, exercise etc. can help you stay productive. In particular, keeping to a regular sleep schedule is important because of the effect this can have on your mental health.
Read around your subjects: it’s particularly useful for 4th and 5th Years and Sixth Formers to read around potential A-level and degree subjects, respectively. Alternatively, take the opportunity to read around subjects you don’t get a chance to study at school.
Stay active at home: there are tonnes of activities you can do at home, from baking to gardening and painting to puzzles, which will keep you from getting bored.
Learn new skills: being stuck at home is a great opportunity to learn how to do new things like programming, cooking or even a new language.
Try not to snack too much: its easy to slip into casual snacking when you’re at home all day so its important to be disciplined and limit yourself and/or stick to healthier food.
Don’t be afraid to have off-days: this page has talked a lot about being productive and there’s a lot of talk about this on social media. It’s important to remember that it is ok to have unproductive days, especially with so much stress going around at the moment.
Use the people around you for support if you need to: these are very uncertain times and they can be really stressful. If you don’t want to talk to friends or family the school has an amazing pastoral team who are always willing to help.