The Quarantine Condition

How can you keep your mind healthy during quarantine?


Nick Ivey

With all of this isolation, there’s a lot of time to invest in hobbies that you may not have otherwise had the space for in your schedule. Some people have even taken up new hobbies during the quarantine. “I’ve started drawing a lot more,” freshman Jaden Givens said.

Nick Ivey, Staff Writer

Although the world is as busy as ever during the covid-19 pandemic, people worldwide are finding it easier to feel lonely, desperate for human interaction. Facetime calls and constant checking up on friends via Snapchat and text have become a necessity, no longer a luxury. Students are eager to see each other, and have been out of school and under quarantine since mid-March. Aside from family, most students are only able to communicate with their friends digitally, but Zoom meetings with your friends can only do so much. This long period of isolation with very little outside contact is taking a toll on the minds of people everywhere, adding to the stress of a new online school system and fear over the virus. So how can you keep your brain healthy during this trying time? According to the American Psychological Association (APA), there are plenty of ways to keep your brain entertained. 

Manage your disappointments

Whether it’s prom rescheduled, graduation in question, your big summer trip cancelled, or your summer internship in danger, there are events every day that are being postponed or cancelled altogether to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Although it’s hard, you have to grieve these losses and move on. “Think about how you can honor what you’ve achieved. Find new ways to celebrate. Consider recreating important events once it’s safe,” the APA said.

Seek social support and support others

Everyone is anxious, just like you, friends and family alike. You don’t have to feel responsible for fixing their problems; letting someone know that you’re there for them can be enough. Just talking to someone,whether it’s over phone or Facetime, can help to boost your happiness. 

Limit how much media your consume

Both social media and news outlets can get you down. Although it’s good to stay informed, too much media can be overwhelming and will add to your anxiety. “To avoid being overwhelmed, set limits on your media consumption and smartphone use,” the APA said. You can visit the websites for the World Health Organization and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention for facts and updates on the pandemic. Checking only once or twice a day is a good idea.

Focus on self-care

Now is the most important time to keep your immune system strong, and your emotional reserves full. You can do this by getting at least 8 hours of sleep every night, at least 60 minutes of activity every day, and eating healthily every day. “Find activities that engage different parts of yourself. Do something physical like dancing. Occupy your mind with puzzles. Engage your senses with hot baths or fragrant candles,” the APA said.