Dear Merrie D. Anne, it’s been hard

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Dear Merrie D. Anne,

Things have been really hard lately. I can’t do the things I used to because of coronavirus, school work has been harder, and I feel lonely. I’m also scared of getting coronavirus and passing it to an older relative. I hate how much everything has changed and I’m having trouble coping with it.

Sincerely,

Coronavirus Crushed

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Dear Coronavirus Crushed,

Please know that you aren’t alone and that everyone is struggling with these difficult times. Whenever you’re going through something, you should always keep in mind that every bad thing ends.

Try starting a new hobby. There are a lot of fun things you can do alone if you aren’t comfortable hanging out with anyone yet. Such as learning an instrument, going for a hike, carving a pumpkin, or drawing.

Make sure you are taking care of yourself. It’s really important and can lift your spirits. Get enough sleep, eat your favorite foods, drink water, exercise, and get some sunlight. Exercise scientifically makes you feel happier and more relaxed by increasing endorphins and dopamine.

Cry, yell, and break things. You don’t have to ignore your feelings, you should express them. Sometimes crying, yelling when you’re alone in your room, or breaking cheap thrift store plates can help you release your negative emotions.

Enjoy the little things. Think of all the things you can still do. Talk to friends, play video games, read books, listen to music, watch movies, and take walks.

Talk to the people you love. Talking to the people who are important to you about what you’re going through can make you feel a lot better and more understood. Don’t be afraid to reach out to your friends, family, counselor, or even a teacher. Help is always available, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline operates 24/7 and you can contact them at  1-800-273-8255.