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This pandemic has been extremely hard not only for us physically, but mentally as well. I’m starting this blog with the hopes it will reach and help someone who has struggled to maintain a positive pandemic mindset just like I have. With that being said, let’s dive into how to stay positive, even during a global pandemic!

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First step to surviving the pandemic: finding your quarantine crew!

No matter where you are in the world and what adversities you are faced with, if you have a good group of individuals in your corner, you can get through anything! This pandemic may feel like the end of the world sometimes, but I promise a “quarantine crew”, or in other words, a good support system will make your days much better and brighter. The practice of social distancing of course makes finding and maintaining a support system difficult, but here are the ways I’ve managed to stay connected with my friends and family, while staying safe, healthy, and also making new connections as well!
As a college student, being away from my family and friends at home has been very difficult, but having the amount of technological resources we have at our fingertips today makes the distance feel much smaller. Apps like facetime, zoom, and Skype allow us to video call and have that face-to-face interaction we miss so dearly. I would recommend calling or facetiming with at least one family member or friend per day, just to serve as a reminder that we are all still connected, whether or not a pandemic separates us physically.
Another way technology has allowed me to meet new people and form new friendships is social media! As a college student moving to a new city, It felt like I was starting over and I felt so overwhelmed, but I was able to meet so many other people feeling the exact same way as I was through social media. Platforms like Instagram, tiktok, twitter, etc. allow us to express ourselves online and create communities full of like minded individuals who share similar interests. I have met some of my best friends in college on social media platforms, and I am so grateful that I put myself out there to do so!
Lastly, it is so important to remember that everyone is experiencing this pandemic, not just you! Talk to your quarantine crew about how you’ve been feeling, what you’ve been doing to stay busy, and ask what you can do for each other to make this seemingly never ending experience just a little less stressful!

Second Step to Surviving Quarantine: finding social-distancing safe hobbies!

After you have established your “quarantine crew” or just feel you are finally adjusting to this new way of life, the next topic for you to tackle is to find some new hobbies. Since we are restricted with where we can go and what we can do, it may feel tough to feel like you are still enjoying life, but trust me, there is always something you can do. When this pandemic first started I went through every trend on the internet, from whipped coffee to yoga, and I even tried oil painting, which ended horribly by the way. Anyways, if you are like me and struggle with finding ways to have fun because most of your hobbies are currently off limits due to COVID, this is the right place for you.
One thing my small group of friends and I do often is stay in and have game nights. We don’t always play board games though, sometimes we make up our own games or try things we see on tiktok. Some fun games nights we’ve had so far include UNO night, power point night (everyone presents a power point about a random topic), and charades night. This is perfect for those of us who have roommates or family members who are also tired of the same, boring COVID routine.
Another way I have managed to stay busy on my own was to start researching and learning about things for my own on the first time. I have watched probably hundreds of documentaries this past year, and read many books as well. Even if those pass times don’t sound appealing to you, there are also other ways to challenge our brains in a fun way as well, such as listening to podcasts, watching videos on Youtube, and reading articles. Now more than ever, since we are stuck inside, it is a great time to get educated on what is going on in the world around us.
Not everyone enjoys the same things, so just keep trying to find hobbies that are right for you and make you happy! Make sure if you are in public to wear a mask, and make sure to always follow CDC guidelines in order to stay safe while having fun! 🙂

Step Three to Surviving Quarantine: The New Way to Adventure

In my previous post, I discussed possible solutions to boredom during quarantine, and here I am with yet another solution to boredom for those who have the option to: ROADTRIP! One of my favorite things to do has always been travel, but COVID ruined several of my travel plans for the past year, but here are some ways I have been able to feed my traveling addiction safely during this pandemic.
Although it is very risky to travel by plane right now, and not very considerate to go stay in another town near you to vacation and put locals at risk, there are still ways to travel during this pandemic for those of us who can make this luxury happen. If you are traveling in a car and don’t get out, you can go nearly anywhere you want during COVID. My friends and I have been traveling all up and down the coast of California and looking at view spots from our car, and we have found some gorgeous places we normally would not have been prompted to explore.
Here are a couple images I took on some of my road trips during this pandemic :

Here are a couple images I took of some of the places I’ve been during this pandemic:
The image to the far left was taken in the country roads of Red Bluff fairly recently on a trip I took with my roommate and two of our friends. The middle picture was taken on a road trip to Cambria with my family this winter, and the picture on the right was taken passing through Oroville on the way to Paradise during a mini road trip my friends and I ventured on last week.
If you decide to travel during this pandemic, please be aware of locals who you might affect at your travel destination, wear a mask, and follow CDC guidelines! Stay safe!

Step Four to Surviving Quarantine: Dealing with Anxiety

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First step to surviving the pandemic: finding your quarantine crew!

No matter where you are in the world and what adversities you are faced with, if you have a good group of individuals in your corner, you can get through anything! This pandemic may feel like the end of the world sometimes, but I promise a “quarantine crew”, or in other words, a good support system will make your days much better and brighter. The practice of social distancing of course makes finding and maintaining a support system difficult, but here are the ways I’ve managed to stay connected with my friends and family, while staying safe, healthy, and also making new connections as well!
As a college student, being away from my family and friends at home has been very difficult, but having the amount of technological resources we have at our fingertips today makes the distance feel much smaller. Apps like facetime, zoom, and Skype allow us to video call and have that face-to-face interaction we miss so dearly. I would recommend calling or facetiming with at least one family member or friend per day, just to serve as a reminder that we are all still connected, whether or not a pandemic separates us physically.
Another way technology has allowed me to meet new people and form new friendships is social media! As a college student moving to a new city, It felt like I was starting over and I felt so overwhelmed, but I was able to meet so many other people feeling the exact same way as I was through social media. Platforms like Instagram, tiktok, twitter, etc. allow us to express ourselves online and create communities full of like minded individuals who share similar interests. I have met some of my best friends in college on social media platforms, and I am so grateful that I put myself out there to do so!
Lastly, it is so important to remember that everyone is experiencing this pandemic, not just you! Talk to your quarantine crew about how you’ve been feeling, what you’ve been doing to stay busy, and ask what you can do for each other to make this seemingly never ending experience just a little less stressful!

Second Step to Surviving Quarantine: finding social-distancing safe hobbies!

After you have established your “quarantine crew” or just feel you are finally adjusting to this new way of life, the next topic for you to tackle is to find some new hobbies. Since we are restricted with where we can go and what we can do, it may feel tough to feel like you are still enjoying life, but trust me, there is always something you can do. When this pandemic first started I went through every trend on the internet, from whipped coffee to yoga, and I even tried oil painting, which ended horribly by the way. Anyways, if you are like me and struggle with finding ways to have fun because most of your hobbies are currently off limits due to COVID, this is the right place for you.
One thing my small group of friends and I do often is stay in and have game nights. We don’t always play board games though, sometimes we make up our own games or try things we see on tiktok. Some fun games nights we’ve had so far include UNO night, power point night (everyone presents a power point about a random topic), and charades night. This is perfect for those of us who have roommates or family members who are also tired of the same, boring COVID routine.
Another way I have managed to stay busy on my own was to start researching and learning about things for my own on the first time. I have watched probably hundreds of documentaries this past year, and read many books as well. Even if those pass times don’t sound appealing to you, there are also other ways to challenge our brains in a fun way as well, such as listening to podcasts, watching videos on Youtube, and reading articles. Now more than ever, since we are stuck inside, it is a great time to get educated on what is going on in the world around us.
Not everyone enjoys the same things, so just keep trying to find hobbies that are right for you and make you happy! Make sure if you are in public to wear a mask, and make sure to always follow CDC guidelines in order to stay safe while having fun! 🙂

Step Three to Surviving Quarantine: The New Way to Adventure

In my previous post, I discussed possible solutions to boredom during quarantine, and here I am with yet another solution to boredom for those who have the option to: ROADTRIP! One of my favorite things to do has always been travel, but COVID ruined several of my travel plans for the past year, but here are some ways I have been able to feed my traveling addiction safely during this pandemic.
Although it is very risky to travel by plane right now, and not very considerate to go stay in another town near you to vacation and put locals at risk, there are still ways to travel during this pandemic for those of us who can make this luxury happen. If you are traveling in a car and don’t get out, you can go nearly anywhere you want during COVID. My friends and I have been traveling all up and down the coast of California and looking at view spots from our car, and we have found some gorgeous places we normally would not have been prompted to explore.
Here are a couple images I took on some of my road trips during this pandemic :

Here are a couple images I took of some of the places I’ve been during this pandemic:
The image to the far left was taken in the country roads of Red Bluff fairly recently on a trip I took with my roommate and two of our friends. The middle picture was taken on a road trip to Cambria with my family this winter, and the picture on the right was taken passing through Oroville on the way to Paradise during a mini road trip my friends and I ventured on last week.
If you decide to travel during this pandemic, please be aware of locals who you might affect at your travel destination, wear a mask, and follow CDC guidelines! Stay safe!

Step Four to Surviving Quarantine: Dealing with Anxiety

Although this COVID experience has affected everyone differently, one thing I’ve come to notice that we all have in common is that it has brought most people a lot of new, and unwanted stress, which can sometimes result in us feeling overwhelmed or anxious. Almost all of my friends who are in college have felt extremely overwhelmed by online learning, and I not only wanted to let those of you who relate that you are not alone, but that there are indeed ways to cope with this anxiety that has formed.
A key factor in managing anxiety is eliminating stress, and for me a key step in the right direction to managing my anxiety has been to maintain a schedule and stick to it, in terms of school, work, and taking care of ourselves. Sticking to a schedule creates a sense of stability for us that is rare in COVID times, and can help make these times feel less chaotic. It is key that we remain diligent with our work and school during this time, but it is even more important to make sure we are mentally prepared to do so. Setting apart an hour or two everyday to do something nice for yourself, such as watch your favorite show, meditate, hang out with a friend or family member, or whatever makes your heart happy (as long as it is COVID safe, of course!) is crucial to maintaining our mental health during these troubling times.
The second way I’ve managed to ease my anxious feelings is by journaling. Journaling allows me to express my feelings and thoughts at times when there is no one around to listen. This usually makes me feel less anxious because my thoughts are all in one place in front of me, which allows them to be understood and dealt with in a less chaotic manner, which reduces stress significantly. Journaling has become my new safe haven, I journal about what I do everyday, how I feel about what’s going on in the world, and what stresses me out.
I hope you found these little tips on how to deal with stress and anxiety during this pandemic. Remember to stay safe and follow CDC guidelines!

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