Keeping Up A Good Mental Health

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Abby Turner, Writer

While the initial news of our three-week break may have felt like a celebration to some, we will soon learn how difficult this will be on us. On top of the pandemic of the COVID-19, we have to participate in online school, practice social distancing, and limit time with friends. This isolation can have a negative impact on our well-being, but there are things we can do at home to improve our mental health.

  • Take breaks from the news and social media (CDC)
  • Take care of your physical well-being. Do in-home workouts, drink water, eat healthily, and practice good hygiene (CDC)
  • Pick up the phone and call your friends, check up on their mental health as well (CDC)
  • Keep a journal of what is going through your mind during this event, it can be something to share with your kids someday
  • Connect with your family while you are all home
  • Look through old photos from your childhood (start planning that senior scrapbook)
  • Pinterest some fun crafts or recipes
  • Don’t want to go to the store for ingredients for a recipe? Use Supercook to see what dishes can be made with ingredients already in your house
  • Have a family movie night
  • Pick up a book to read
  • Color an adult coloring book
  • Go on a walk in your neighborhood (maybe with a cute dog) while practicing social distancing with others
  • Get out a board game or a video game to play with your family
  • Organize and clean the house
  • Find places that are in need of volunteers

This pandemic is the biggest thing some of us have ever faced. Our parents are saying this is our 9-11, where we realize what really matters in life. If you would have asked me a week ago what was on my mind, I probably would’ve said prom and spring break. But today, those things mean little to me. The simplest and the most complex of things matter during this: the time with your family, cooking a meal, even just finding the courage to get dressed and out of bed. But we also have to remember to stick to reality. We’re in the middle of a pandemic, so we need to wash our hands and practice social distancing, not only to keep ourselves safe, but to keep the older and compromised people in our community safe. Reach out to friends, family, teachers, and counselors during this time, we must all stick together.