By Cayla Clement
This article is exclusive to the Online Edition 2 of VARSITY News.
In recent events pertaining to the Covid-19, students find themselves confined to their homes for 21 days in order to contain the spread of the virus. Many of us aren’t sure what to do with ourselves, find ourselves becoming depressed and bored, or feeling that life has to come to a stop until we are allowed to go back into civilization.
I interviewed a number of students on how they’re coping with the lockdown to show that we, as students, are all in this together and we can come out stronger in the end. Many students who were interviewed report feeling unmotivated, anxious and scared during this time- this is completely normal, but not necessarily unavoidable.
“We should think of it as a well-needed break from civilization that could aid in bettering ourselves, breaking bad habits, self-reflecting, establishing new productive routines and even improving our skills.”
In order to remain calm and productive, we as students need to continue with a daily routine full of healthy eating, plenty of rest, and calming or enjoyable activities. Many students are baking or cooking, playing video games or watching series, catching up on course work, spending time outside either gardening, washing their cars, or suntanning in the garden, while others are catching up on sleep, self-care, family time, reading and taking up new hobbies such as yoga, painting, knitting, and at-home exercise routines. One student I interviewed reported making a fort with her little siblings, while another is using the 21 days to quit bad habits.
Instead of thinking of the lockdown as a prison sentence, we should think of it as a well-needed break from civilization that could aid in bettering ourselves, breaking bad habits, self-reflecting, establishing new productive routines and even improving our skills. At the end of the day, the lockdown is not a punishment, on the country, a way to protect our people from this highly contagious virus. We are all in this together, and whether you’re using this time to meditate, take online self-care courses or just chilling and binge-watching Netflix, we will come out stronger in the end and hopefully we get productive and creative during this time!