Things Will Get Better

Allie McDonald, Staff Writer

Being stuck at home, not being active, and not being communicative or social with others is taking a toll on all of us. Sadly, some more than others. But for some, this “quarantine” has been an awakening, this time to ourselves gives us the chance to get to know ourselves better. It gives us the chance to get closer to our families. 

I know for some, home would be the last place you’d want to be stuck in right now. Getting along with your family can be really difficult depending on the situation but overall you’re struggling, and I’m sorry you’re going through that. Toxic family members can make life really difficult, and if there’s no changing their ways, unfortunately, there is nothing you can do for them. So do something for you; get some fresh air, go on walks when you can, get away from that environment for a while, make time to do stuff for yourself. 

There are some of you who lack the motivation to do anything, you can barely get out of bed and get yourself ready for the day. You’re not getting your work done, intentionally or not,  you’re not taking care of yourselves properly. Some of you just don’t care. And if you can’t care enough to do it for yourself, do it for someone who does care and is cheering you on no matter what you’re going through. 

Being in that mental state of mind can be challenging to get out of; finding something to motivate yourself can be difficult and honestly exhausting, try doing things you once enjoyed or try something you haven’t done before. You have all this time, instead of wasting it on Netflix, Youtube, and video games. I’m not saying to put them aside completely, because I personally spend most of my days playing Animal Crossing or watching a lot of Netflix and Youtube. Just give your eyes a break, I know I need to, my eyes are in pain at the moment, on top of the migraine I’m having. Play an instrument, paint something, try embroidery or whatever you’d be into. It doesn’t have to be good, it just has to make you feel good. 

It’s ok to be unsure of what you’re feeling, call it depression or hormones, if you feel like you’re not mentally okay than that’s okay. Don’t let someone else tell you how you’re feeling if they don’t have the certification to do so. Find ways to cope with it, do it your own way or find help professionally, there is nothing wrong with asking for help, it doesn’t make you weak. Do what you think is best for you.