Written by Cecilia Ymaz, Sophomore at CVHS
I mentioned in my self-care blog post that you are in control of improving your life and have the power to make it more fulfilling. Distance learning and staying at home all day has likely caused some negative feelings towards life and has made you feel frustrated with the new normal that has been established due to the global pandemic. Personally, there are some days where I have absolutely no motivation to do anything and feel like falling into bad habits such as being lazy or oversleeping. But it is important to learn how to be flexible with our current situation and find out how we can make each day better than the day before. As humans, we are constantly in the process of growing and figuring out what works best for us. So, ask yourself this question: How can I make the most out of this quarantine and enjoy every single day?
If you are finding yourself dreading to start a new day every day, here are some tips to help you make every day more productive and enjoyable:
1. Hang out with your friends virtually.
Your social outlets haven’t disappeared! There are so many ways to hang out with friends online and still have fun. By taking the time out of your day to socialize with your friends through text or call, you are helping to ensure your own happiness. I recommend setting up Zoom meetings or FaceTiming your friends weekly to talk and play games. You can play games like skribbl.io, Kahoot!, and one of the most popular games at the moment, Among Us. Be creative in finding new ways to interact with your friends while practicing social distancing!
2. Try something new and switch up your routine.
Go out of your comfort zone and make an effort to try something new every day. You are on a journey of lifelong learning; take this time to expand your horizons and explore new experiences. You can give yourself the opportunity to learn more about yourself through adventure. You don’t have to do something crazy like climbing a mountain in one day, but you can start off by trying a new hairstyle or learning a new word to add to your vocabulary.
3. Start planning your week ahead of time.
Planning your week ahead is a wonderful way to keep yourself organized and on top of things. If you are struggling to figure out what you need to accomplish during the week, writing it down in a planner or calendar will increase your productivity. Take advantage of free online resources such as Google Calendar and Google Classroom to view any upcoming assignments and add important events/meetings that will occur during the week. You will find yourself less stressed throughout your week since you have written your schedule out and are prepared for any changes.
4. Be honest with yourself.
Learn to be honest with yourself so you can be honest with others. For instance, if you are struggling with an assignment or with your well-being, it is essential that you acknowledge it and use resources available to you to help solve these issues. It is okay to not be okay, but to feel better, learn self-awareness so you can find the best solution. Our school has resources to help you mentally, academically, etc. Check out our school’s Virtual Wellness Center to help improve your well-being throughout the school year!
5. Spend less time on social media.
As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, digital screen time continues to increase as we spend more time on our devices at home. It is important to take a break overall from our phones and laptops, but it should start with a social media detox. Think about it, what are you gaining when you spend hours on social media? Try taking the day off from social media apps to notice how much additional free time you will have to work on other priorities. It can improve your sleeping habits and time efficiency. You don’t have to give up using social media, but you can limit your usage in order to have a healthier mindset.