How to distract yourself while self-isolating.
With the fate of so much currently up in the air, the one thing many of us have right now is a surplus of time. The chance to finally catch up on all the TV, movies, and books that passed us by over the years is not coming under circumstances any of us would have expected or wished for, but culture can be an incredible comfort. (Or for some, something to turn to now that sports are no longer a viewing option.)
In the midst of solitude or isolation, a new show or an old book–maybe that one you’ve been hearing about for years but just never got around to, or a new hit that’s been dominating talk both on Twitter and at the office–can be a chance to connect. It’s something to bond with friends over from a distance, or an activity to share among a household feeling the strain of a bit too much togetherness. (Social distancing book club, anyone?)
The ELLE staff has been looking to both comedy and drama, historical tales and ultra-modern reality TV (Love is Blind was perhaps built on the very model of social distancing) this week. For some of us, humor has been the perfect distraction from scary thoughts. For others, looking to the past has been a way to find hope through wisdom found in periods of deep crisis. Either way, our favorite shows and books have been a way to take a needed pause from the news. Read on to see what we’ve been enjoying.