We are in the midst of a mandated quarantine. That’s right. Therefore, it’s important that we all stay in, stay safe, and stay hopeful. If you are struggling to find inner peace and are running out of things to do, here are some tips to help you get the most out of your downtime:
Light candles. Write in your journals. FaceTime family and friends. Take virtual classes. Get on TikTok. This is a moment to relax and reclaim your time. You do not need to feel like you can’t take a break. While this quarantine is here to keep citizens safe, it is also a chance to figure out what your next moves are in life. See it as a stoplight that will eventually turn green one day. It isn’t a roadblock you’ll never get past.
Do your homework
I know it’s hard to stay focused, but don’t let schoolwork get away from you. Please remember that an education is a terrible thing to waste. You have worked hard to get to this point. Whether you are a freshman or someone crossing the finish line, please be persistent. Also, be kind to your professors at this time. They had to make face-to-face classes adapt to an online format. So, do your part by meeting deadlines-and sending emails if you need extensions.
Advocate for yourself and your community
Don’t forget there are people on the front lines fighting for the health of this country. Stand up for them. Understand that we must all come together to protect one another. Do not buy all the gloves, hand sanitizers and face masks. Health personnel need those supplies to save those affected by the COVID-19 virus. Furthermore, if you see someone mistreating essential workers, people of certain ethnic backgrounds, and not adhering by the CDC rules and regulations, speak up. No one deserves to be disrespected or put in a compromised position, especially in the face of a pandemic.
Lean on family and friends
If you never showed love to the people who love you, this is the time to do so. People are sadly losing their lives and not getting a chance to hear from their loved ones before passing. Stay in contact with your family and friends. Let them know you miss them, you love them, and are concerned about them. If anything, this virus showcases the importance of family. Materialistic means are nothing without people to enjoy it with.
These are just some things you can do to be of assistance to the world. Don’t be afraid to watch the news. Take time for yourself. Try to not let anxiety consume you. We will get through this. We are Eagles and we are stronger together.
About the Writer
Gabrielle Reed is a senior majoring in Communication and double-minoring in Leadership and Women and Gender Studies. She is an Honors College Student and a McNair Scholar. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in the media as well as teaching on the university level. She is a Resident Advisor, a sister in the You Beautiful Black Woman Epsilon Chapter, and she is apart of organizations such as Black Media Association and many others.