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Why it’s Okay to Just be Okay During a Pandemic

By Stacey Ramirez
Web Content Contributor

“This is a pandemic not a productivity contest.”

I don’t know who first posted this phrase or where it originated, but I first saw it on Twitter and its was exactly what I needed.

There have been events in history that have impacted and changed society forever. Events like Pearl Harbor and 9/11 have changed the world forever and COVID-19 will be no different. It has caused our society to come to a standstill. Our daily lives from going to work, meeting up with friends and many other social activates we took for granted are now memories from weeks ago.

With the Stay Home orders in many cities and towns across the country, we have found ourselves spending time at home more than we ever have. Recently I’ve seen a lot of posts on Twitter about how this means “there’s no excuse to chase your goals” and how “it’s time to see who really lacked discipline and who lacked time”.

But I don’t think this is exactly the case. It’s hard to focus on trying to learn piano when you know people around the word are struggling. It’s not easy to plan your new business when you still have work or school from home. It’s hard to plan anything when you’re trying to figure out how you’re going to pay your next bill if you lost your job and like hundreds of Americans you find yourself unemployed.

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Somedays we need to accept that a peace of mind can be the most important goal of the day. Image by Stacey Ramirez.

Recently one of my classes had a group project we still had to finish while everyone was scattered around the state. One of our group members apologized for not communicating as much and they later told the group it was because their family was dealing with a coronavirus scare.

Our group was completely understanding and how could anyone not be. It’s a scary situation that many people will be dealing with for a few weeks if not months. So, I just want to say do your best with the situation and be understanding towards others.

With issues like this and the ones many are facing, homework, or wring the book you always said you would all seem hard to focus on. So, don’t feel like you have to be the most productive.

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Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you feel overwhelmed. Image by Stacey Ramirez.

If you find yourself in a difficult situation reach out to others. If schoolwork is difficult to complete reach out to your professor as they can be very understanding or offer help. Many students have found it not only hard to focus on work but also finding the recourses to complete it. If you feel stressed or overwhelmed the Texas State Counseling Center offers counseling appointments through the phone or video chat.

Featured image by Stacey Ramirez.

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