Life As We Know it

The world is filled with uncertainty as the current global pandemic is affecting universities, small businesses, and relationships. The list does not stop here. It is hard to turn on the news when behind the information presented lie feelings of negativity and fear. Unplugging is equally as challenging as feelings of doubt perpetuate the brain in a continuous cycle. The introverts who thought that quarantine life would be the best thing ever are now struggling too. We’re not stuck at home, we’re safe at home, but having to adjust our normal routines of walking to class, driving to work, shopping aimlessly, and sitting down at a restaurant have taken a toll on our mental health. 

The change in routine is ultimately for the better, but thinking about where this will lead us and what the “new normal” will look like is scary. For many, graduations have been canceled, school years are soon to be completed with no real satisfaction, and connections between people are weakening because although everyone is a Facetime call away, a hug is always better. 

Staying positive and productive at times like these is a process. Completing online classes and explaining to your parents that you’re in a Zoom meeting right now is not the easiest when they need your help taking care of a sibling. Utilizing your planner might be the last thing on your mind when you most likely have nothing to plan out. I mean, how many Netflix shows can one binge before even the thought Netflix gets to be too much. 

Mac laptop with a You Got This sign

All I can say is that for now, stay home. Connect with your family and friends through the social media platforms available to your advantage. Connect with yourself; take a few seconds to go on a walk (while practicing social distancing) or journal. Self-care might seem silly right now, but make sure you feel healthy both inside and out. No one expects you to be a fitness freak or a workaholic, but you owe it to yourself to listen to your body and mind. 

We’ll get through this, one way or another.