How To Stay Happy During Quarantine

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Having a hard time staying happy during quarantine? You’ve come to the right place!

Liliana Owen, Journalist

Quarantine is a difficult time, and some of us (especially me) are having a hard time staying sane.

My theory, which has been somewhat tested by myself on myself, is that one reason for this is that we’re being too hard on ourselves.

So let me give you five tips for staying positive, accept yourself and your weaknesses, and stay sane.

1. Celebrate every victory! Even if it is as simple as getting up in the morning, or getting dressed. Anything and everything is a victory, from going to class, to submitting that semi-big homework assignment, to not going on YouTube during class.

2. Don’t set huge goals. Or, if you must, make sure that they are not set in stone. Make sure that everything you set is possible of being accomplished, accounting for your human weakness. For example, I’m not going to tell myself that I’ll sew a new doll outfit today unless I have nothing else going on, and I have maybe twice as much time as I think I’ll need.

3. Get outside. Being outside in the sunshine, exercising (even if it as simple as walking around the block or running through the yard or climbing that apple tree), and connecting to the earth is invigorating, clearing your mind and helping you focus on things that really matter.

4. Instead of setting daily ‘tasks’ in the morning, write down a list of everything you accomplished in the evening. You might be surprised at how much you get done and it will really help you feel good!

5. Connect with your friends! Social distancing need not be social distancing with technology. We have texting, email, Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts, and more. Email or text a friend at least once a day, even if it’s just a “Hi, what’s up?” And Skype or whatever your family whatever you are comfortable with as often as you need.

I hope this quick article has helped you have better days! Quarantine is not the end of the world, and it certainly need not be the end of your happiness. Joy is a choice, not a circumstance.