Opinion: How to take care of yourself as the pandemic persists

As the world enters a cold, COVID winter, taking care of your mental health is just as important as your physical health


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Surviving the pandemic means more than resisting COVID-19. It also means taking care of oneself while remaining socially distant, keeping in touch with family and friends, and reaching out when you need help.

Alayna Trimingham, Staff Writer

A student lays in their bed, dreading the day ahead of them. With schoolwork, jobs, and family issues, it can be difficult to handle it all, especially with depression and/or anxiety looming over their head. Times are tough, and it can be hard to get out of a bad spot when you don’t know where to even begin. Dealing with the pandemic is difficult for everyone, but especially for people with mental health issues. It’s important to know what’s helpful for people to get through this difficult time.

With work, school, mental health issues, and a global pandemic, it can be hard to manage life right now. Schoolwork is overloading, after school jobs can take a toll, and mental health issues are doing the best they can to make everyone’s life harder during these times. It’s hard to know where to start to feel better. 

Staying busy is an important part of keeping your mind off stressful things. It is not always easy, but it is a good idea to stay occupied. For example, binge watching a favorite TV show or learning how to french braid can keep your mind off things is not always the most important if you are really struggling, but it can help on a day-to-day basis. 

One activity that is very important is going outside for some fresh air. Even if you don’t have the energy to go for a walk, just sitting outside can be very helpful as a refreshing change of scenery and environment. 

Communicating with family and friends is one of the most important things you can do during this time, especially if you struggle with mental health. Don’t isolate, because although it’s tempting — your mental health could suffer more. Time for yourself is important, but too long without staying in contact can lead you into a lonely mindset. Seeing other people is important, and they will appreciate the company as well.

Reaching out for help is the absolute most important thing to do in a tough situation. It is surprising how many people are there to help, loved ones, but also strangers. Don’t be afraid to ask your mom or sibling to help clean your room or make breakfast, and most important, don’t be afraid to reach out to a hotline if you need it. These people are there to help and care about your well-being. Along with suicide-prevention, there are hotlines for anxiety, depression, grief, stress, and many others. 

Since it is so difficult right now with work, school, the pandemic, and mental health issues, it is important to spend this time wisely, possibly by staying busy, going outside for fresh air, talking to family and friends, and reaching out if you need help. Now, instead of wondering where to start, try one of these ideas and find the option that helps you feel happier.

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