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Activities for self-isolation

Use this page in conjuction with our schedule planning advice. We have suggested a range of activities below – choose what is best for you and try to work it into your daily and weekly planning. 

If this isn’t the first time you are self-isolating, it may be worth considering trying something different from last time.

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University workExerciseCreative and self-careVolunteeringFamily, friends and faith

University work

Your timetabled university work should be scheduled as a priority. There is guidance in your course handbook about how long you should aim to spend on your studies.

Develop your skills

Hallam Digital Skills

If you are new to the technology being used for online learning

Visit Hallam Digital Skills

The Skills Centre

Improve your academic skills, or talk to an adviser to help you create a study plan for self-isolation

Visit the Skills Centre


Research shows that 30 minutes of moderate exercise is good for your health. You could do this in one 30 minute session or over a few shorter sessions.

Before taking part in these sessions, make sure you are wearing flexible clothes and have window open to get some air flow. Most importantly, have a water bottle near to hand to stay hydrated and try to eat some form of protein afterwards.

University and Students' Union sessions

Online yoga sessions

Thursdays, 1–1.45pm. Book a place through Unihub

Book a yoga session

Hallam Active workouts 

A range of online workouts, tips and videos you can do from the comfort of your own home.

Keeping active at home

Zumba sessions

Tuesdays and Thursdays. Search 'Zumba' on the Union events page to book

Search for Zumba sessions

More online workouts

Yoga videos

For bitesize yoga sessions, try Yoga with Kassandra's 10 minute videos

Yoga with Kassandra channel

Body Project

Standing and sitting workouts, from beginner to advanced level

Body Project Youtube channel

Joe Wicks

Fun workouts for a range of abilities, with or without equipment

Joe Wicks Youtube channel

Creative self-care

Reading, baking, cooking, meditation, music, sewing and journaling can all help to improve your general wellbeing. 

Things to try

Give it a Go

A Students' Union programme offering, taster sessions, self-guided walks and more

See Give it a Go activities

Taste Hallam recipes

Our catering service posts simple, tasty recipes on Instagram. Try some!

Taste Hallam on Instagram

Wellbeing group sessions

Book online sessions covering anxiety, low mood, mindfulness and more


Volunteering your time to help others can have a positive impact on your mental health. And there are still ways to volunteer during the pandemic – the Students’ Union has a range of virtual and socially distanced options.

Visit the volunteering opportunities page or email to find out more.

Family, friends and faith

You can use this time to call friends and family, or connect with fellow Hallam students on our Facebook Corona Community, managed by the Students’ Union.

If you practice a faith you may find it helpful to do this now. Take advantage of virtual worship and prayer so you can keep in contact with your faith community. If you would like to find out more about joining faith communities, contact the chaplain at

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