Written by: Hannah Forsythe
I think that the past five months have been extremely rough for everyone. It’s hard having to sit at home all day, everyday and see the horror that is going on in the word and know that you can’t really get out there and help. It honestly takes a huge toll on your mental health. But, you need to prioritize yourself sometimes. Your mental health is extremely important and needs to be taken care of. Here’s some ways that I, and many other people, use to take care of ourselves.
I’ve been painting and drawing since I was probably five. If you look under all of our old kitchen tables and chairs, you’ll see doodles and my five-year-old signature all over them. But, I drifted away from my artistic side once I entered high school. Once quarantine started, I got back into my art big time. For me, it’s a way to escape the real world. I go into my own little world for hours and focus on just my art. It gives my brain a much needed break from reality.
2. Have a Netflix marathon
I don’t think there’s a single person on this planet who hates binging TV shows or movies. It’s honestly just an amazing way to stop using your brain power for a solid three hours. Having a mini marathon is a way to escape into a world that could seem perfect to you. It could be your safe haven from the trouble that’s going on in the real world. I 110% recommend watching The Office if you haven’t already.
3. Write it all down
Back in freshman year, I wrote almost everything down. I’m quite talkative, so it was a way for me to be talkative without having to spill my secrets to the whole world. I stopped doing it for a while, but I started doing it again during isolation. It is truly an amazing way to get everything off your chest without the fear of hate, backlash, or repercussions. If you don’t have a spare journal lying around, open up Google Docs and write in there! You can look back years from now and see how much you’ve grown.
4. Have a spa day!
This is probably my favorite thing on this list. I’ll admit, I’m very much so a “girly-girl.” I love doing stuff like this. Whenever I do it, I put on a face mask, run a bath, use a bath bomb, and watch a funny episode of That 70s Show or The Office. It’s a great way to just relax and not care about anything else for a while. You could even take it a step further and give yourself an at-home manicure or pedicure! And, boys, there is absolutely no shame in having your own version of a spa day. Just because something is “stereotypically femminine,” that doesn’t mean you can’t do it.
5. Read a good book.
I love reading. It’s so fun to escape into a world that doesn’t exist and live there for a bit. So, go find yourself a book, a comfy spot, turn off your phone, and read for as long as you want. Books that I recommend are Call Me By Your Name, and of the John Green books, and Just Mercy. We read Just Mercy in my AP English 11 class and it was such an eye opener! Definitely the best summer reading assignment I’ve ever had.
I know these times can be tough mentally and physically. It can feel almost impossible to get out of bed in the mornings. But, try to find the good in everything. I started a thing called the “Jar of Joy” where I write down all the good things that happen to me and take them out and read them every couple of months. It’s really kept me going through such hard times. Stay safe and know that someone loves you!