Social Distancing: How to Spend Time in Quarantine

Social Distancing: How to Spend Time in Quarantine


We want to help you make everyday life easier - even during Corona times. So here are our tips how to use your time at home. Think out the box :-)

Ways to Spend Time When Social Distancing

It’s 8:30 AM on a regular Thursday while I am writing this article for you – or at least it is what will become a “normal” Thursday for the next weeks. Until last week, I would just have arrived at our Vienna office right now but since Monday, Austrians are staying (and working) at home whenever possible. The current situation might be different in your country but  – without painting a black picture – having to stay at home is likely apply to you too.

So, what if you are really stuck at home? What if you are going stir-crazy?

It’s a matter of mindset!

Before I dive into our tips on how to use your time in quarantine, there is one important thing to say: It’s all about mindset! Don’t see social distancing or hardly leaving your home as a punishment. First of all, it really is necessary right now. Secondly, you should look at it from another perspective and make the most out of it. So instead of complaining, especially when you are not able to work from home, tell yourself:

With these thoughts in mind, we’ll finally start to boost your time. Enjoy!

A black sign with white letters says "Difficult roads lead to beautiful destinations".

Be productive!

Let’s start with the most obvious things. Usually, you are busy heading to classes, working or studying while trying to keep having a social life. Tasks like cleaning, doing the laundry or tidying out your stuff normally are the last things you want to do. Well, now’s the perfect time to be productive!

A table set with small white bowls for headphones, pens, coins and car keys and a desk calendar in the middle.

Get creative: Use your talents!

Remember, now is the time to discover new interests, talents and passions or just to revive existing ones. I am sure each of you has a passion. Well, I can’t tell you what applies to you but here are some ideas:

Watercolours and other drawing utensils on a table.

Learn something new!

Again, it’s time to discover new things. Remember any tutorial or a documentary you have seen lately? Anything that made you think “Wow, I would love to know/do/learn that!”. Well, now is the time! Here are some ideas and ways to extend your skills and knowledge from your sofa.

A girl in a mustard yellow sweater sits at a table and works on her laptop.

Connect to others!

If you are done with being productive, creative or curious and just want to talk to someone else than your pet, do it. I really know what it feels like not to be able to see your family or friends physically. But who said you can’t do it online?

Three old telephones with a rotary dial and twisted cord hang side by side on a wall with old-fashioned wallpaper.

Enjoy having time!

Done with socializing from a distance? Nothing left to learn or just tired (of it)? There’s nothing wrong with laying back and enjoying your free time.

A girl sits relaxed and eats popcorn out of a bowl. She has popcorn scattered over her black dress and holds a remote control in her other hand.

Stick to your routines!

Sometimes exactly the “having time” is too much for us. The feeling of boredome and uselessnes takes over and you go nuts. Being productive (see above) definitely gives you a sense of meaning – and so do your routines! Stick to them whenever possible and if not, create new ones.

A DIY calendar with a cup of coffee on a white table.

Self-care: Keep your mood up!

A crisis can be frightening – especially when it’s about our health and affects all of us! Staying healthy should be your top priority but not only limited to your phsyical health. Adapting to a new situation especially requires the right mindset. We already “talked” about that. And the right mindset includes some proper self-care to keep your mood up. Here are some tips for being more mindful!

Letter art saying "mindfulness"

Need anything else?

There are plenty of options how to use your time mentioned in this blogpost. And there countless more in your or your friends’ head(s). Remember, this situation is not going to last forever. You can not change it but learn to accept it and make the best out of it. Try to stay healthy and positive, help others and use this difficult times to personally grow.

In case you are living at THE FIZZ in Austria or Germany and have any questions, we have prepared some Q&As for you in our Help Center. Check them out and do not hesitate to contact us if you need any advice!


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