It’s funny. We say we’re done looking at case numbers and deaths yet we continue to do so. We say we’re done watching the news and political interviews yet we continue to do so. We say we’re done with social distancing yet (like any good citizens who can) we continue to do so. I’ve learnt that while living in a global crisis, the things we hate doing are what we do the most and that is no where near healthy.
Being thrown off balance at an age where we're still figuring out what balance is has been difficult for many. Being forced into a digital world of learning surrounded by technological and familical distractions has made school far less enjoyable and even more difficult than before.
But this time away has allowed me to reevaluate and revive how I react to adversity. So here are my tips for overcoming this invisible obstacle.
WHAT TO DO:
#1 Join the Fight
As a young person, it’s easy to feel useless at a time when scientists, doctors, and essential workers are at the forefront of this fight; most of us have years left until we have a career or established experiences in healthcare, technology, or industry. However, there are thousands of remote volunteering opportunities that actively support those in need while boosting your resume in the process. Check out our opportunities via our opportunities portal.
#2 Maintain a list *Not a schedule*
While snuggling in bed with Netflix, BBQ chips, and PJs may be nice on the weekends, doing it constantly makes us feel lazy and tired. By making a to-do list everyday of the school work and volunteering I hope to accomplish, my day feels far more productive. I would not recommend making a schedule because an hour by hour breakdown of your day is not only overwhelming but leaves little space for winding down. Instead, make goals and keep yourself accountable.
#3 Do something you love.
I know, I know. You are tired of self-care influencers telling you to cook, or go on a walk, or worst of all... workout. If there’s a hobby you genuinely enjoy doing; do it more and stop trying to fit into the status quo of what Instagram is doing. I have a passion for writing and here I am doing it.
Sometimes an activity is far more enjoyable when you're doing it for others. If you love to bake, make cookies for your local essential workers. If you love to sew, make masks and donate to the numerous organizations that need them right now. Join the fight while doing what you love.
WHAT NOT TO DO:
It’s so easy to get caught up in the self-care rituals promoted on social media and feel guilty because you haven’t worked out yet or you haven’t cooked up a healthy meal. In this pandemic, try to beat your own goals and be more accomplished than you were yesterday, not how someone else was.
The biggest obstacle that you can ever beat is your own doubts, pandemic or no pandemic.