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Mental health needs protection during quarantine


An image taken by Vincent Dahilig on May 22nd showing Alyssa Dahilig getting some exercise and fresh air by going on a hike with her family.

Gabby Moye, Staff Writer

A recent poll conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 45% of people feel that their mental health has been negatively affected by the Coronavirus and quarantine. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people may experience increased levels of distress while in quarantine, especially if they already experience mental health issues, but there are many strategies to help.

One way to keep mental health up is to develop a routine. At least that’s what licensed social worker Dr. Danielle Forshee recommends.

Not only can a routine reduce stress levels, but it can make room for healthy habits like exercise. 

“I’ve been doing yoga a lot lately which helps me clear my mind and focus on other things throughout the day,” said sophomore Alyssa Dahilig. 

Exercise can reduce levels of depression and anxiety, which in turn improves cognitive function. 

It’s also extremely important to keep up with friends to reduce the thoughts of total isolation. 

While one may not be able to go out and see their friends in person, it’s still possible to see and talk with them. Whether it be through social media apps like Snapchat or Instagram, or through video-conference apps, like Facetime or Zoom, technology can be used to stay connected with friends. 

“Social media and Facetime has helped me a lot throughout quarantine and contributed to keeping me connected with all my friends without going  to see them in person. Although it would be better to hang out with them in real life, social media is another great way during times like these,” said sophomore Josh Cueva.

Social media is not, however, the answer for everyone.

 “It’s very important to maintain your mental health at a time like this and focus on keeping your body and mind in good health,” said junior Laila Hall.