For starters, I hope everyone reading this is staying healthy and safe. Secondly, I am no professional, I am simply an overly positive person here to share ways to help yourself and the people around you get through this extremely confusing and upsetting time. I am going to share tips, tricks, and thought processes that can help improve your thinking and hopefully help you to see a light at the end of the tunnel.
This week I am just going to be sharing a few things that have helped me immensely in this odd transition and a few ways to help kick start positive thinking. My first piece of advice, get on a schedule. Think about it, your whole life is schedule based and to go from having a probably jam packed schedule to absolutely nothing can feel like whiplash. Your schedule doesn’t have to be hourly or anything crazy. But it can simply be setting an alarm to wake up at 9 am, eating a good breakfast, jump starting your homework before 1:00 in the afternoon. Then eating a sufficient lunch, taking a mental break, and finishing up homework. Just give yourself a system to work with that allows you to move it as necessary but still has a structure you can stick with. But make sure you make time to yourself, whether that be setting a timer to play video games for half an hour or just sitting in the sun listening to your favorite music to make you feel happy.
Next, get out and move your body!! We are quarantined, yes, but that does not mean you can’t get outside and walk your dog, or play with a sibling outside, or go on YouTube and find a yoga class or workout to do. Moving your body helps you feel good and less like you are stuck, it triggers chemicals in your brain to help you feel happy and we could all use a little bit of that. Exercise has been the number one thing that has kept me sane while being at home and allows me to do something with myself other than homework and eating. Get yourself up and moving and your day will improve significantly.
And lastly, you are NOT alone. This pandemic is world wide, not just Monticello wide. Remember that there are so many people that love you and want you to succeed, so reach out to those people when you feel the most alone. Talk to a parent or trusted adult when you are feeling overwhelmed or like you are being buried in work. Email your favorite teacher and thank them or ask how they are doing. Call a grandparent or someone you haven't talked to in a while. Talk to your friends, and I don't mean over snapchat or text, call them and check up on them and make a list of all the fun things you want to do when this is over. And the beauty of this, is that it WILL come to an end. This pandemic is not forever even if it feels like it. Use this time to reach out to people and connect, or read a book you keep telling yourself you want to read, make better habits that your future self will thank you for. Every night write down three things you are grateful for, whether that be that it was nice outside that day, maybe it is that you are grateful that you finished your math homework earlier than you thought, or you are grateful for your mom, dad, grandparent, or guardian. Realize you are never alone and that when this is all over, everything you do will seem that much more fun, exciting, and you will take nothing for granted. I am so proud of you and I know so many other people are too, just remember right now you are doing your best and that’s all that you can do.
If you need anything do not be afraid to reach out and talk to someone even if you feel alone, you never are. Keep your heads held high and remember you’ve got this, believe in yourself! And remember to tune into the blog this coming week for more posts from my very talented blog colleagues. Stay safe, healthy, and mindful, have a fantastic week Monticello :)
Caitlin Hegle, Monticello Class of 2019