I've been having a tough time during this whole quarantine. When everything was shut down I was relieved because I finally had a break from school and the stress it brings. It felt really good for a while. I was enjoying myself a lot of the time but then I started getting lonely. I didn't talk to my friends as much as I did at school, and since we were in quarantine we couldn’t even hang out with anybody. After a few months, I started feeling really really bad about myself. I felt my mental health declining every single day that passed by.
I really don’t want to feel like this anymore. It's just so bad now to the point where I have no motivation to do anything. I pushed away a lot of my friends because I felt like if I opened up to them about this it would bother them. I just don't know who to talk to anymore. Do you have any tips on what can make me feel better during this time?
Sad & Alone
Dear Sad & Alone,
I definitely feel you there. I can certainly see why it's so draining and exhausting right now. I just want to let you know that it's completely normal to feel this way. We are human beings and we need social interaction in order for us to be completely happy. I understand that it's very difficult right now because we aren’t living our regular life. The time that we need people the most, we can't even see them. Whether it’s family or friends, we unfortunately have to live without them right now in order for things to get any better. Even though you feel lonely you are not alone in this. There are so many people in your exact situation. The whole world is going through this pandemic one way or another, but you must remember that things will get better. John Lennon once said “Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end.”
As for tips on feeling better, I suggest that you reach out to people, especially your friends. I know that it's a bit overwhelming right now with all the thoughts and feelings that are going through you, but if the people you mentioned are really your friends they will be there for you. Talk to them about how you're feeling and I'm sure they'll do their best to help you out. I understand that you're lacking motivation; what helps me is doing something different every single day. It really helps with the boredom and keeps your mind occupied. Just remember to push through and that I'm proud of you for making the effort every single day. No matter what you were forced to face, you decided to stay strong through it all. Just know that you're going to look back and see how much you've changed and grown as a person from this experience. You’ll be proud that you kept going. I wish you the best. Take care of yourself for me! :)