Killing The COVID Blues

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Abby Houghton, Editor in Chief

It’s almost Christmas and Christmas break is even closer, but something isn’t right. For me, most Christmas I would do presents and stocking with my parents and sister, then brunch at Grandma’s with my dad’s whole family and after that, Christmas dinner with my mom’s side. Presents, food, hug, love, and the whole family together under one roof. But this year, COVID-19 is putting a little twist on the holidays. My family personally aren’t mingling out without masks with the rest of our family, due to the different schools and places that we go. So this year, Christmas will be small, but that shouldn’t be an excuse to be sad. For everyone that normally celebrates and enjoys Christmas, don’t let COVID put your mood in the dumps. You can and should celebrate and stay happy. That’s the best way to defeat COVID. It’s 100% normal to feel lonely and sad, when things change and with COVID keeping so many away from their loved ones, this should be expected.
So how do you battle this blues? Like many of the problems in today’s society, it’s a mental (in your head) problem. You just need to remember that if you can’t control it, there is no point in crying over it. And while that may seem really harsh, sometimes you just need to accept things and do your part to stay happy. COVID is something that no one would have predicted and something that no one has the answers to. It has been really hard and hopefully will never happen again, but there is no point in holding on to a negative mindset.
Everyday when you wake up, think of something that you are looking forward to today or later that week. Sometimes you just need to stop, smell the roses and enjoy the small things in life.
Staying in touch with those that you love and haven’t talked to or been able to see and interact with in a while can really bring up a mood. Just a simple FaceTime call, text, or Zoom meeting with those that COVID has ripped us apart from can make you feel better.
Fresh air is another thing that helps free people from negative mindsets. I may sound like your parents, but having fun outside and breathing in fresh, new air can make you feel better. Going outside when it’s sunny especially, is one of the best ways to put a smile on your face.
And speaking of putting a smile on your face, smiling and laughing at every chance you get is another thing that you should do more often. Smiling at others, not only has a higher chance of keeping you happy, but also can spread positivity to others, which in turn can make you feel even better about yourself, and keep you happy.
The COVID blues are hard to battle and can get you down in the dumps, but family, friends, and other loved ones can always help you and pull you out of that sadness. They might not get it 100%, but they do love and know you and would be willing to help.
With a positive attitude, smile, and your heads up, you can battle the COVID blues, stay positive, and make it through the hard times. Just remember that you’re not alone, and COVID won’t last forever. Stay positive, happy, and have a merry Christmas, Trojans!