🏠😷🦠 Life As A QuaranTEEN 🦠😷🏠 The UnifiEd Student Voice Team Blog Surrounding COVID-19 and the Associated School Closure
The main thing that has been getting me through quarantine is staying busy. I’ve always been a busy body, but it has only gotten worse through quarantine. I end up working on things late at night because...
the idea of wasting any more time seems treacherous. Don’t get me wrong, motivation has been a continued issue for me during quarantine, but once I get motivated to work I end up working for long periods of time and feeling frustrated with myself for not doing more than I have. One way I’ve kept myself from going crazy with these thoughts is by watching tv in the background while I work. I already rewatched “The Office”, and I’m currently rewatching “Brooklyn 99”. I’ve chosen to watch shows that I’ve already seen while working so that I can just listen to the audio and be able to follow along without looking at the screen. My family has been doing a lot of binge watching too. From Netflix originals to Hulu originals we’ve watched more tv together in the past several weeks than we have in the past several years, or at least so it seems. Here’s what other students have been binge watching during quarantine:
“The Good Witch” -Hannah, Soddy Daisy HS
“Handmaid’s Tales” -Zoe, Memphis Student
“Glee/90 Day Fiancé” -Taylyn, Memphis Student
“Parks and Rec”- Ella, SMMHS
“Buzzfeed Unsolved”-Sydnee, SMMHS
“Little Fires Everywhere” -Sophie, Red Bank HS
Other than binge watching and working on school and extracurriculars, I’ve been using this time to find new hobbies. Before this I had almost completely abandoned all of my prior hobbies, so this has been a good chance for me to get back into touch with my artistic side. So far I have explored embroidery, looming, and sewing. Also, I have been scrolling through Pinterest a lot to come up with ideas for future crafts once I can go to thrift stores and such. I’ve been doing a lot of school and extracurricular work during quarantine. So, I haven’t gone all the way into the quarantine activities, but here’s what other students have been doing during quarantine:
“Animal Crossing” -Abby, SMMHS
“Playing Minecraft with the boys 😎 and contemplating going back to therapy.” -Madeline, SMMHS
“Drawing” -Riley, SMMHS
“I’ve been working out more and doing a lot of painting and drawing to pass the time as well as working on solutions for the 2019-2020 yearbook.” -Greta, SMMHS
“Sewing masks, baking banana bread, watching Designated Survivor, and reading outside when it’s sunny.” -Sydnee, SMMHS
“My favorite activity by far has been cooking-- with all the time I have on my hands now, I've finally been able to get around to making those cool buzzfeed meals you typically only see online.” -Camille, SMMHS
“I have enjoyed building puzzles, cooking and baking, reading books, and binge watching all american and outer banks.” -Campbell Clarke“
Gaming....that’s it” -Joseph, SMMHS
No matter what you’ve done during quarantine or how productive you’ve been, there is no reason to be upset with yourself. Motivation has been an issue for me some days during quarantine, but other days I’m just ready to work on everything. The main thing to remember during this time is that there are brighter days ahead. THe times may be uncertain at the moment, but one thing that is certain is that this is not a permanent thing. We will be able to go back to life as normal eventually. The most important way to stay positive is to make sure that you are putting yourself in a position where you will be worse off after quarantine. Make sure that you are staying caught up on your school work. If you are especially busy, maybe you try to get ahead on something that you know will be coming up this summer or next school year. For instance, I know that I am going to be working on an essay project this summer, so I have started some of the prep work for it already. If you are having problems with motivation, then take it slow. Start with one thing you want to do that day and break it down into smaller tasks. Remember to take breaks and reward yourself for your progress. Maybe you can eventually work up to being able to do three or four things each day. A satisfying way that I’ve been making my daily to do list is on sticky notes where I can physically remove the item from my list when it is done or on a sheet of paper where I can color over it with a marker.
I hope that everyone reading this is able to find something positive going on right now in their lives. Reach out to your friends and family. Not to sound like a commercial, but even though we can’t be together physically the best way for us to get through this is by being there for each other emotionally and mentally. If you need to to talk to someone, please don’t be afraid to reach out to them.