Mental Health During Quarantine

Tyanna Hobson

When Covid-19 hit, life changed for everyone worldwide. It began in March for the United States, while students still had two months of school left to finish. Word of the virus had traveled overseas, but it was just a distant thought for most. That is until it began to change our daily lives. I was expecting to join my school mates and friends the following week after spring break. That is until Mississippi received its first Covid-19 case on March 11th. Panic began to arise in the state and nation while some people still did not think much of it. People were booking planes to their home towns, cities were going on lockdown, and many citizens began to lose their jobs. Quarantine was a very stressful time for everyone, however it is important to continue taking care of your physical and mental health. For me, keeping a habit, or routine, was the best and easiest way to regain stability in my time during this quarantine.

Well what is a habit?

By definition, a habit is a “settled or regular tendency or practice.” According to science, you can form habits in as little as 18 days. That’s a little over TWO WEEKS!

Good Habits to Form:

  • Waking up at a set time each day
  • Eating breakfast every morning
  • Making your bed every morning
  • Taking a shower daily
  • Cleaning your room regularly
  • Washing your hands to keep the germs away!

Making standard safety precautions a regular habit is also a good idea! The most important habit to form this year is wearing your mask the proper way, and practice sanitary actions like washing your hands.

What did I do to stay healthy during quarantine?

These last six months have been quite stressful for everyone. It’s important to take a break from everything and focus on yourself. I suggest taking a mental- health day AT LEAST twice a month. My favorite activity includes eating out and shopping, so I try to do those things regularly. Other things are: go to a spa, take a trip to a local country club, bowling, trampoline parks, the movies, or even going to the park.

You can also take this time to focus on physical health and partake in activities like: going on a run, working-out at the gym, or try to incorporate healthy foods into your lifestyle. Even if you only accomplished one thing in this quarantine, give yourself some credit! Most of us have never been through something like this in our lifetime. You got this!