By Sydney McDonald | Managing Editor
Listen… We know that you’re extremely bored, so are we. The last two weeks of social distancing have been hard for most, especially those who have lost jobs, had classes canceled, and had their whole routines changed. I also know you are tired of hearing the same stories over and over again, but it needs to be said. It is really important that everyone listen to the CDC and government advising people to stay home to help control the spread of COVID-19. Right now, Alabama is only showing a 10-20% decrease in traveling (meaning going from your home to another home, the grocery store, etc..) according to Uncast’s Social Distancing Scoreboard. That gives us a D letter grade ranking! As college students, you know that D is unsatisfactory. I know you’ve heard it a million times in the last two weeks, but we all need to be taking this situation seriously. You should now by now that all the hype about “young people aren’t as likely to contract it or it won’t affect me as bad” is not true. A huge percentage of people between the ages of 20-40 are becoming infected and having serious complications. If you or someone you know is not taking self-isolation seriously, please sit down and think about the implications you going to hang out with your friends could have. Not only are you putting yourself at risk, but everyone you come in contact with. I promise you will be okay if you don’t see your friends for a few weeks. Stop being selfish and do your part.
Now that we are done with the nitty-gritty, we can talk about some things to do while you are self-isolating that will help improve this hard time! These are some ideas given by students who are currently self-isolating.
- You can still go outside. As of right now, it is still okay to go outside to exercise or just to get some fresh air! Mobile has ample amounts of places where you can go and still be safe. On-campus the nature trails as well as the Jag Fitness Trail. If you have pets, take them to the Julien-Marx Dog Park located on Hillcrest. Go for a walk, just make sure you are staying a safe distance away from others and only go out if you are feeling well. If you show any symptoms it’s best to stay in to help lower the risk of spreading any sickness.
- Be Creative! Take this extra time at home that you now have to find something that lets you express your creativity. Try painting, writing, sewing, find new recipes, or any hobby you have always wanted to try, but never felt like you had the time for. With the internet at your fingertips, there is no excuse why you shouldn’t try to learn something new!
- Game night. If you are like me, you still have your roommates with you at home. Spend some quality time together playing UNO at the end of the day, or do a puzzle to help relieve some stress and worry.
- Stay off your phone. Make sure you are limiting your screen time. I know it is tempting to scroll through Tik Tok for hours on end but just don’t. Use your time wisely to finish that book you started over the summer, or journal for a few minutes a day. There is so much more available to you in your home than you can imagine.
- Facetime with friends and family. Just because we can’t be together in person, thanks to the magic of Facetime you can still have quality time with people you love and care about.
- Keep a routine! I don’t mean you have to do the same thing every day at the same time, but it can be really helpful if you have a set list of things you would like to accomplish every day and you complete them. It will give you a sense of structure as well as pride in completing any tasks. You can make a goal to do an in-home workout every day, go for a walk around your neighborhood, do one homework assignment a day and still have free time left! You will be surprised how accomplished you will feel if you set goals and follow through with them every day. Do your chores as well. A clean house is a happy home, don’t forget that. Also, try to wake up at the same time every day and don’t stay up till two in the morning just because you can. Keep a normal sleep schedule.
As you can see, this is just cracking the surface on things you can pass your time with. Take these tips and implement them in your own way to make the best of your social distancing time. Use this time to your advantage and don’t forget to take care of yourself mentally and physically.