Written by Lindsey Gietl
As quarantine stretches on it can become more and more difficult to stay in control of your routine and, more importantly, your mental health. This process we are going through is incredibly traumatic for the human brain. Parts of our brain that are not being used during this time have shut down, which is why the situation is hard for some to grasp. So instead of going stir crazy or spiraling down a dark path, here are a few ways you can stay mentally healthy during this hard time.
An easy way to start is by sticking to your regular routine as much as possible. Try to go to sleep and wake up at your normal functioning hours and be productive throughout the day. I know it is hard not to get sucked into TikTok for hours on end, but since the weather is nice you can take a walk, do some yard work or just sit outside and read a good book.
Another way to stay sane is having some quality “me time.” If you are quarantined with your parents or siblings it is important to spend some time by yourself to get some peace. Personally, I like being around people, but there have been a few times I have had to take some time for myself because it was best for me.
During this pandemic, it is important to focus on keeping a good mentality. This is a scary time for everyone and it can be difficult to deal with emotionally. Do not be nervous to reach out to friends or family if this becomes overwhelming. It is an unconventional and stressful time for all of us, but just remember we are all in this together.
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