Why I am Grateful for the Quarantine

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With our country finally starting to come out of quarantine and resume our daily life, it has really made me reflect on the past couple months and how they have changed me. Continue reading Why I am Grateful for the Quarantine

Relationships in Quarantine

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For those living with a romantic partner, I’m sure you’ve experienced a mix of positive and negative experiences with each other. In this unprecedented time, there really isn’t a rule book for how to be in a functioning relationship.

Feelings and issues might surface now that you are spending most of your time together and you may have no clue how to deal with them. My partner and I certainly don’t have all the answers, but I hope some of the points below help someone out. Continue reading Relationships in Quarantine

The COVID Knowns and Unknowns

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For many people, including myself, thinking about the unknowns in the future may be a source of anxiety. Unfortunately during this COVID-19 pandemic, most of our lives are filled with unknowns. My mind races with unknowns about the virus- Are my loved ones and I safe? How and when will states reopen? Will a vaccine become widely available? When will this all end and our lives return to normal? Continue reading The COVID Knowns and Unknowns

A Message To Those Struggling During COVID-19

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If you asked me what I’d be doing around this time six months ago, I’d tell you that I’d be preparing for college, becoming more excited for the summer, and finishing off my junior year with my friends who were about to graduate. I’m someone who loves change, but does not like when things do not go as planned.  Continue reading A Message To Those Struggling During COVID-19

Taking Things One Day at a Time

One of the most commonly given and useful pieces of advice in regards with coping and living in quarantine has been to establish a routine. This is incredibly important! Regardless of quarantine or not, having some sort of structure in your routine and your daily activities can help the mind feel more organized, less cluttered, and less vulnerable to messy – and potentially chaotic – thinking. Continue reading Taking Things One Day at a Time

“Guilty Pleasures”

Sometimes we watch, read, or listen to things that we might be embarrassed to admit. These are often known as “guilty pleasures,” or the things we’re ashamed of admitting that we like. It may be because these are considered to be tacky, basic, or are things that are often made fun of by the general public. So when we do admit that we enjoy these things, we quickly want to defend ourselves – hence calling them as “guilty pleasures” when talking about them out loud. Continue reading “Guilty Pleasures”

Acknowledging the Good as They Occur

We’ve talked about expressing and writing down gratitude plenty of times before. No matter how big and how small, being able to name anything positive can have an impact on your mental health and wellbeing. Whether it’s being able to acknowledge the good things at the end of the day or being able to look back and read them if you’re feeling down, remembering that there are always good things that can happen, even when it doesn’t feel like it and knowing there’s a light when things feel bleak can make the biggest difference. Continue reading Acknowledging the Good as They Occur

Quarantine and Depression

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My depression and anxiety have lowered during quarantine, but for some of my friends it has increased. For me, the pressure of seeing friends, going out to public places, awkward small talk, is all being avoided with the help of COVID-19. Continue reading Quarantine and Depression

A Quiet Quarantine

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I know we are all going through a similar experience right now. Boredom. Stress. Anxiety. Confusion and fear. Probably infinite amounts of feelings. If there is one thing I have realized during this quarantine, it is that you never know how you will react to things until they have happened. Continue reading A Quiet Quarantine

Taking Up a New Hobby: Cooking

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I have never liked cooking. I would always stick to simple meals, usually just chicken and rice, to get me through the week. I thought that cooking was way too time-consuming, and I dreaded the cleanup. 

Recently, I got a chance to try out what it is like to cook a new dinner each night of the week. My friend had a subscription to the meal service HelloFresh, and gave me a free trial which sent me a week’s worth of food Continue reading Taking Up a New Hobby: Cooking