College students might be in self-quarantine for the long haul. The coronavirus pandemic isn't going away anytime soon, and students may be stuck in isolated dorms, hotel rooms, or at home in a different country.
Nobody likes being cooped up for months on end. Isolation can harm mental health, making it harder for students to stay focused on their studies.
To help out, we've developed some tips for self-quarantine, wherever you hunker down. Some are useful but temporary distractions; others are more long-term solutions.
You could learn a new skill, create a daily routine, or binge-watch Netflix with friends. Whatever you do, the goal should be to make self-quarantine feel like an obstacle to overcome rather than a source of existential dread.
Top Tips for Self-Quarantine
- Create a daily routine
- Eat well
- Stimulate your brain with fun activities
- Find a purpose
- Stay in touch with friends and family
- Limit time on social media
- Get some exercise
- Remember to treat yourself
Evan Thompson is a Washington-based writer for TBS covering higher education. He has bylines in the Seattle Times, Tacoma News Tribune, Everett Herald, and others from his past life as a newspaper reporter.