Staying Calm in Chaos

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Hiking is a good way to keep active while also staying safe during the pandemic. It’s also a good way to spend quality time with a family pet if you can! (Moesha Aplicano-Burnham)

Moesha Aplicano-Burnham, Managing Editor

It’s been a long and grueling seven months. Everyone’s lives changed on March 13th, 2020. Some have found this time of limited social activity as a time for growth, a nice relief from social obligations, for others it’s been very emotionally damaging. 

A large part of development for both children and teens is socializing with peers. Studies have even been done that show a correlation between social teens and better health. A lot of this is due to lower levels of stress hormones, along with lower blood pressure. It’s an important time for social development, and the current state of the world can be socially depriving our generation. By no means is this to encourage people to go out and meet with large groups of people or to completely disregard public health. It’s important to take care of your mental health in a safe way. Sticking to a small group of friends to see in person, wearing a mask, and social distancing are essential to getting life back to normal and lowering cases.

Along with the social deprivation, the current state of the world can be incredibly stressful and anxiety inducing. Things are uncertain, and if you or someone you know is high risk it can cause even more stress surrounding the virus. It’s a very difficult time, and even the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) has made statements regarding mental health in relation to Covid-19. It’s important to take care of yourself physically and emotionally. 

In a time of stress like this, keeping yourself healthy physically is important. Getting enough sleep, having a balanced diet, and exercising are essential to keeping your mental state healthy as well. Gyms can be unsafe, but biking, hiking, going for a walk or run around a neighborhood, or other outdoor recreational activities such as skateboarding are safe and fun alternatives. 

While we live in these uncertain times, it’s important to combat the mental effects of our stressful world. Staying healthy is not limited to physical health.