The Reality of Pandemic Anxiety

It’s happened to the best of us, at different times but we’ve all been there. Especially trying to keep positive during a pandemic. Photo by @enginakyurt on Unsplash

The pandemic has made it hard for everyone in many ways. For many, being locked in and experiencing the stresses that COVID has caused can lead to depression and anxiety.

As we are quarantined, how does anyone stay sane? For some, it’s just about doing what’s required.

“I lay down most of the day and set my alarm for school. That’s about it,” said junior Tayevon Walton.

Walton isn’t the only one who has slowed down during the shutdown.

“I created real lazy habits during quarantine, being sane to me is resting,” said senior Anjan Rai.

For others, tuning out isn’t a possibility. Especially for those with responsibilities in large families. 

“It’s hard to help my siblings with work while doing mine. It’s supposed to be a break!” said junior Kimora Cain.

Cain said she thinks it’s very hard for students with bigger families to get used to online school. Same goes with her parents. 

“As a mom bills have to be paid so I have no time to help my kids with school,” said Keshia Cain, Kimora’s mother.

With online school, some students said it’s harder to wake up and stay up. 

“I sleep through my alarm sometimes making it very hard to stay on track, luckily we have Wednesdays off asynchronous,” said Walton.

He’s glad for the asynchronous of course. 

But have we thought about the depressed people? 

“[I suffer] with anxiety, and I tend to worry and panic when I don’t get things and that makes it very hard for me,” said senior Nasya Bates.

For students and families struggling during the pandemic, help is available. 

Everett’s counseling center shared this document with information about local food banks and free mental health services.

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