Finding Connection During Quarantine
Written by Allie Weina, Highlander Staff Writer
The whole world has one thing in common: quarantine. It is becoming harder to fill the hours in the day, but with some creativity you can stay sane.
With more time being spent inside, family bonding is rampant among households. While there is no doubt people are spending more time with their immediate family, the same cannot be said for extended family.
Tyler Weina, an eighth grader, agrees saying, “I would say I have been spending more time with my family. Usually just watching TV, eating, or playing outside.”
A Gallup poll found that people are feeling more disconnected than ever. In the poll, 37% of people said they felt less connected compared to only 14% saying they felt more connected. Not to worry there is a solution for that: technology. As times are changing, technology is too.
Very little in-person connection pushes people to their phones, computers, and TVs. Not only can it keep us connected, but it can make us feel better.
When asked how often she uses technology, Sarah Burg, a twelfth grader, says, “I have been using technology almost the entire day.”
Feeling connected, especially during so much isolation, is important. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration suggests, “Reaching out to people you trust is one of the best ways to reduce anxiety, depression, loneliness, and boredom during social distancing, quarantine, and isolation.” For example, “talk ‘face to face’ with friends and loved ones using Skype or FaceTime.” Applications like Zoom are gaining popularity, allowing large groups of people to host meetings, classes, or get-togethers.
Despite having things to do, people are still missing their old routines. Burg said she misses, “…going to the gym, going out to get food, and spending time with friends without being so far apart.”
There are still ways to do the things you want to do. For example, scroll through Instagram and you will find tons of workout videos you can do in your living room. Are you craving some take out food? You can still use delivery services as they are practicing safe ways of delivering food. According to TripSavvy, you can even take virtual vacations to places like the Grand Canyon and Machu Picchu.
Just like Burg says, it’s important to know that, “Everyone has their own way of going about quarantine life.”