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Tips for Teens: Pandemic Edition

During the global pandemic that is currently raging across Earth, we all have to take this seriously, stay home and stay safe. Since COVID-19 is an airborne disease, home is the safest place to be. However, it can be boring, scary, and anxiety provoking. It’s important to find ways to exercise and maintain good mental health. Although it may not seem like it, there are plenty of ways to do this inside.

While we need to practice social distancing, being around your immediate family (Parents, brothers, sisters, etc.) won’t do much harm. Family games are a fun way to take your mind off of the fear of COVID-19. Some games I enjoy are Monopoly, The Game of Life and Clue. Of course, there are also puzzles that could take weeks to finish. Another way to socialize at home is through movie nights. Make some popcorn, get some M&M’s, and put on your favorite movie to watch with your closest family members. In this way, you can strengthen your relationships and distract yourself from fear. Even if you are an introvert, or you are antisocial your mind will still need some sort of socialization to keep you from going insane.

If you have anxiety, the stress of this pandemic could feel much worse. Luckily, there are easy methods to try and minimize that burden. One of which is art and crafting. If you have yarn, paper, cardboard, glue, scissors, and a pencil, you are all set to craft through the extended break. According to creativelive.com, “Crafting can help those who suffer from anxiety, depression or chronic pain.” There are many kinds of art two. For instance, if you like to play the guitar, it can be relaxing too. Whether you like instruments or art, they are all forms of creativity and can have many benefits on your health.

While these may help, it’s important to ensure that you are taking care of your basic needs. This is an unpredictable time, but we can’t let it get to us. We must make sure to take care of ourselves. Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay indoors.

by Alessy Madero

photo: freepik

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