Kind Words and Quarantine Activities for Mental Health Awareness Month
By: Sabrina Benet
Millions of people face the reality of dealing with mental health issues worldwide. On behalf of May being Mental Health Awareness Month, The Banner is celebrating by reaching out to our readers to ask if they would like to share any inspiring words and what they are doing in quarantine to keep busy!
“ ‘While I breathe, I hope.’ Every day I wake up, I am thankful for the people and positivity around me. Even though this is a challenging time, I have a home, a wonderful family, friends, food, and love. I remind myself that I am fortunate enough to have these things and continue to spread happiness to others.”
“A quote I’ve been thinking of frequently while being stuck inside is “idle hands do the devil’s work”. To me it’s a bit of a silly quote, especially since I tend to say it in a comical southern drawl while hearing it in my head. But it reminds me that I have to get up and do things to avoid feeling crummy or having negative thoughts. It’s no secret that our minds and hands have to stay busy and occupied to stay happy, especially during stressful times like these. On my days off, I’ve been watching YouTube videos, working out, and hanging with friends via video games. With YouTube I’ve been watching videos on the coronavirus, educating myself about new studies and treatments. I also have been watching videos on bushcraft and the outdoors. I’ve found some great workout routine videos as well. I’ve been running more frequently and doing more calisthenics. Almost every day I try to do some kind of physical activity. Then, usually at night I will play video games with friends and hang out virtually via my computer or Xbox.”
“It’s ok to be who you need to be at this moment. It’s ok to do what you need to do to get by. Growth comes with the acceptance of the situations we are in. Understanding that we cannot control the moment but we can control our response to it, will help us get through what can only be called an unprecedented moment in history. I have been leaning on my support networks. Staying in touch with the people I love and miss. Staying busy and keeping my mind active. Whether that be reading, writing, exercising. Whatever works on the day. I have also tried to keep a regular routine each day, to help me maintain a sense of control.”
“A sound soul dwells within a sound mind and a sound body. Don’t feel pressured to change yourself for any reason other than making yourself a happier and healthier you. Take time to take care of yourself and try to be the best version of yourself every day.”I’ve been reading a lot of stories these days, they bring me comfort because they can take me to a world that isn’t this one. I’ve also been trying to keep myself busy and work on goals that I’ve been putting off before this happened. When I have the time I draw too, it takes a lot of time and focus so I end up stressing less about the world more about whether the flower I made is ugly.”
“Take it day by day. Don’t worry if you don’t feel great every single day, it’s okay not to be okay. Stay active, try to stay occupied. Check-in on others when you can, but make sure that you’re taking care of yourself. Remember to take care of not only your physical but your mental health as well. I have been doing a lot of reading, exercising, spending time with family.”
“When I feel overwhelmed with stress, especially due to all the craziness in the world right now, I think of the song “For Now” from Avenue Q. Everything going on is “For Now”, eventually, they will even out and a good change will appear. It is a really fun song to listen to and helps pick me up when I am down. Reflecting back on what I have done in quarantine, I have been taking care of and doing a lot for others. Moving forward, I would like to take some time to practice yoga, watch more movies, read books, or create a vision board.”
Take care of yourself always and especially during difficult times like this. Create the energy that you need to be the best version of yourself and roll with it! There is a lot of negativity circulating currently but remember to take a deep breath. Every day may not be a good one, but you can make up for it tomorrow. Hoping these quotes of positivity find you well and inspire you to try new things while inside!