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Mental Health During COVID-19

By Justice Graves
Senior News Reporter

COVID-19 has been a time of pandemic isolation while many states and counties have issued a “shelter in place” order limiting the amount of people allowed in one area. Residents have sheltered themselves in their house without any physical contact for weeks. For many, this can be a good time to sit back and reflect, but for others this can be a dangerous time for them mentally.

Selfie taken by Texas State student Sam Searles while holding a coffee mug with a cactus inside
Photo courtesy of Sam Searles.

For many self-isolation is a time where minds go dark and health itself starts to deteriorate. This was a great concern for Texas State student Sam Searles who decided to move back with her parents to maintain her mental stability.

“Technically I live by myself because I have an apartment, but my parents live in Austin, so I’ve decided for my mental sanity’s sake to stay with them for majority of the time,” Searles said.

Big factors of change like this can bring on a lot of stress and weigh heavy on the shoulders of many individuals and negatively affect them in the long run, even Searles has had some struggle in adjusting to her new schedule and dividing her time between school life and work life.

“Mentally having to create a divide between my school-work and school-time and then my home-time and relaxing-time has been very difficult for me,” Searles said. “Because when I’m relaxing it like “Ugh, I could be doing more.””

Although school can be demanding, Searles has been making sure to stay connected to her friends via Zoom and Apple Facetime to help cope with the changes.

“I have Zoomed with a couple of my friends, but I prefer group Facetime. And since Apple has enabled that feature also, I’m able to talk to my select group of friends,” Searles said. “I’m an introvert so I don’t like talking to that many people.”

Another way to deter negative thoughts is social media. Searles gets many of her news updates as well as her entertainment from online.

“It’s a big part of stimulation. That’s where we as millennials and Gen-z get so much of our news,” Searles said. “It’s also where you can find a lot of your entertainment.”

To get more information on ways to help cope with stress during COVID-19, residents can refer to the CDC website. 

Featured image by Justice Graves via Canva

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