You land in Australia and you’re ready to explore the land filled with natural wonders, pristine beaches and the world-renowned Outback – filled with towering gumtrees and wildlife that is unlike anything you have ever seen. It feels like the world is your oyster.

However, while you are ready to explore, it comes to mind that you have been advised to self-isolate.

On the 11th of March COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation. Subsequently, many nations – including Australia – have resorted to tightening their borders and mitigating the spread of the virus.

One of these methods being: self-isolation.

The idea of self-administered quarantine may seem daunting for some and a hassle for others. However, regardless of your initial outlook, it is evident that social distancing is a difficult task to endure – one that can have repercussions on one’s mindset and motivation.

Therefore, whether you are in Australia, New Zealand or anywhere else on the globe – we’ve compiled a list of ways to cope with 14 days of self-isolation.

1) Plan the Places, Events and Opportunities You Want to Explore and Experience.

Let’s face it; migrating to a new country is exciting and thrilling. Therefore, it would not be out of the question if all that went through your mind was that you want to experience and do “anything and everything”. From trying cuisines, visiting historical sites or checking out campus life. Its easy to see how it could be overwhelming. So, during isolation – we suggest that you take the time to plan out all the places, events and opportunities that you want to explore and experience. You might even surprise yourself and find local treasures that you would not have even thought to visit!

This way, as soon as you’ve completed your 14 days of self-isolation, you are all ready to go.

2) Call, Video Chat and Stay Social with Friends and Family

Being alone for 14 consecutive days with no contact from the outside world is damning to an individual’s mind. Humans are naturally very social creatures that thrive off interaction – whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, it is essential. Therefore, the best option is to video chat with friends and family – if you are unable to do so, then at least message or call.

While face to face interaction is best, being able to converse and enjoy the company of someone else through a digital landscape will make you feel less alone which ultimately makes self-isolation a lot more bearable.

3) Keep Up to Date with your Studies or Work

If you have migrated to study, then it is possible that the self-quarantine period will clash with scheduled semester dates. Plenty of institutions in Australia offer online communications and resources that will allow you to catch up and ensure that you do not fall behind. Therefore, take the time to keep up to date with your studies or work. Not only does it give you a chance to communicate with your lecturers, tutors and possibly other students, this will ensure that when your quarantine period is over, you are ready and prepared to join the rest of the cohort. This tip will ensure that the mental strain of catching up course content does not deter from your mentality and motivation.

4) Reach out and Contact Us If Needed

As a client of Ferguson Education and Migration, we will provide on-ground support to ease the vast transition that comes with migrating to Australia or New Zealand from your home country.

The satisfaction and comfort of our clients is the key to our success and overall philosophy.

Therefore, if you are concerned about how self-isolation will impact your studies and time in Australia – contact us and we will assist and support you in the best way that we can in easing any apprehensions or worries.

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