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Monday, April 27, 2020

What People are Struggling with During Quarantine...

It's OK Not To Be OK |

While I never want to draw attention away from the countless deaths this virus has caused, I still want to make sure other important issues are being talked about, like mental health. We are all stuck at home with our thoughts right now. For some people, this can be dangerous. Many people are also losing out on major events in their life such as graduations, proms, and weddings. People are also having their life plans disrupted or pushed back. We need to remember that everyone has the right to grieve during this period. Now, more than ever is the time to take care of OURSELVES. We need to remember, though, to be gentle. This is not a time to be exhausting yourself. Our bodies are going through a global pandemic and that in itself is pretty amazing. That being said, I thought it would be helpful to have some of my friends share their struggles and how they might be dealing with them. This is to remind you that you are NOT alone. 

Viv: During quarantine, I'm struggling with working from home and not being able to decompress or step away from work. I felt like I was sleeping in my office so now in the morning I have a get ready routine so I don't going directly from my bed to my desk. I've started to move around during the day and get up from my desk more. At 5 when I'm done work, I shut everything down and tell myself to start "me" time and I avoid reflecting on work until the next morning when I clock back in.

Cat: Something that I have been having a hard time with during quarantine is loss. Throughout my college career (2016-now) I have always had a rough spring semester. I had really thought this was my year, senior spring semester, graduation just in sight! The semester was off to a decent start but then I got some unexpected news of the passing of a friend. One month later and this loss has been magnified through the loss of the rest of my undergraduate career. No more senior celebrations, no honors recognition, and as of right now... no graduation ceremony.  I know that the current situation is necessary and extremely important, but this loss is hard to process. The first few weeks were okay, however now a month later I’m starting to get back on track. I’ve made a happiness jar where I record one good thing to happen each day and I make sure to get a least 30 minutes of exercise 5 days a week. These two things have greatly helped me, sure there are days that are harder than others but finding things that I can do to make myself feel good has become a huge priority during this time. I know this isn’t easy now, but I think I’m starting to see the lesson in it. My body and mind needed attention and now I am starting to become happier than I’ve been in a long time.  

Nikki: So I was scheduled to take a CNA class in May to become a certified nursing assistant. This would allow me to work through the school year to get hours to apply to PA school. Now with all this craziness I can’t take the class for the certification and can’t work for the hours. Needless to say, I’ve accepted that I’m going to have to take a gap year after college to get hours to apply to PA school. Basically, my whole plan is ruined.

Thank you to my amazing friends for being brave and sharing their quarantine stories! Now, more than ever is the time to reach out to a friend. 

1 comment

  1. I love this post. It is SOOO important to know you are not alone and that while it sucks right now, everything will work out! Thanks for letting me be part of this :)


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