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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at FIU chapter.

Everyone deals with situations that come about in life differently. This is no different from how individuals have been dealing with the pandemic during this year. It’s no secret that many of us have been on edge dealing with this pandemic. It also doesn’t help being trapped inside your house and not being able to see your loved ones and friends.

According to a Cosmo poll, “52 percent of millennial women who suffer from the mental health condition say it’s gotten worse due to COVID-19, while 32 percent who never experienced anxiety before have now developed it” (Cosmopolitan 2020). Other mental issues such as depression, stress and feelings of loneliness are also on the rise. It’s okay to be treading in difficult waters during this time. We’re all in an unknowing state and trying to figure out this new normal. The silver lining to all of this is that the most important thing is to get better and there are always resources to help overcome any obstacles you might face.

First of all, releasing your feelings whether it’s to a friend, journal or a professional will always leave you feeling clear-headed and more understanding of your own emotions. Order a journal you find aesthetically pleasing and make it a habit to write in it every night before you go to sleep. It’s best to track your day to day moods and don’t forget to sprinkle in some gratitude. Writing at least three positive things that happened throughout your day can always make you feel less gloomy. It may also help to pick up the phone and call a friend. It may be harder in this climate to see the people we love in person, but we were lucky to be born in an era where technology can connect us from anywhere. If you feel like you might need to talk to a professional therapist, many resources can help connect you to one. If you’re not into the traditional setting of a therapy session, there are many applications dedicated to offering therapy through chat calls and messaging.

Another way to get yourself through this rough patch is by self-care. Exercise is a great way to release endorphins, the “feel-good” chemical in your brain. It can be as simple as searching up a workout routine on Youtube or taking a walk around your neighborhood. The best thing to do is develop a routine on which days is best to fit a workout in. Lastly, scheduling appointments such as doing your nails or getting a massage! It’s a perfect way to take a break from the real world and give yourself a nice treat.

Sarah is currently a student at Florida International University studying Public Relations and Communication. She has a passion for writing and has a blog of her own. You can find her with her family and friends, her dog or on a plane for her next travel adventure.