By: Hannah Newcamp
During this chaotic time, it can be hard not to panic. Different organizations and our government are doing what they can to keep us informed and healthy. Although the Coronavirus is a major issue causing many changes, it does not have to ruin your days. The number of things you can do at home or with your family is abundant. While we have been on break, there have been many ways that I have been trying to stay optimistic and to use this time to my advantage. It is a good idea to think about different activities to keep you happy and busy. Staying connected with family and friends will also provide a good opportunity to realize what you take for granted and what you are truly thankful for.
According to the CDC, mental health is a big concern when it comes to Covid-19. In a recent KFF poll, 45% of adults have reported that their mental health has been negatively affected since the Coronavirus outbreak. On the CDC website, http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/, there is a list of ways to deal with stress and anxiety during this trying time. Some suggestions given on the site include stretching, meditating, eating healthy, exercising regularly, getting plenty of sleep, and making sure not to overwhelm yourself with the news stories or social media. Taking care of yourself and your loved ones should be your main priority.
Since we have been out of school, I have been finding new activities to occupy my time and to keep the stress away. Spending time with my family is my favorite part of quarantine because we have been getting closer. All this time together also reminds me how important family truly is. Everyday my whole family either goes for a walk or does yardwork in order to enjoy the nice weather as much as we can. Activities such as game nights or watching movies are great ways to pass the time with your family.
Even though I enjoy the family time, sometimes spending so much time with my family causes me to need some time to myself. Reading books, coloring, and playing with my dogs are just some of the ways I have been unwinding when not with my family. When you’re sitting at home bored because you cannot go anywhere, remember to take some time for yourself and to relax. Whether it means starting a new home project, pampering yourself, or catching up with a loved one, the Coronavirus does not have to ruin your days.