Written By Mia Moreno
The Coronavirus has taken the world by storm in the past few months. It has affected almost every aspect of our daily lives from school and work to even seeing our friends and family or even eating at your favorite burrito place. It’s had a major impact on almost everyone’s life whether it’s for better or for worse, one thing that is for sure is that there are changes. These changes are brand new for most, as the majority of us haven’t had to go through what we are going through right now. We’ve never fully had to quarantine or not be able to see anyone other than the ones we live with, we’ve never had everything around us completely close for who knows how long and we’ve never really had to be afraid for our health by just going outside.
Everyone reacts to change differently, whether or not the change is good for them or bad for them. Either way, change affects people which can also affect mental health. Staying inside with the same people for months at a time surrounded by fear can be really harmful for the mental health of East students and everyone around the world affected by this. Most students are having a hard time coping with everything that is going on and changing but also trying to keep up with school meanwhile is tough. When asked how this student’s mental state was doing amidst everything, Eilio Chambers-Marshall said, “Not very well at all. I’ve started to forget how people work because I’m never around them, so when I actually operate in the real world it’s a lot harder. Not exercising my brain in other areas has left me kind of slow. Not getting any new stimulus has driven me a little crazy. I’ve become more irritable and quick to give up on most tasks. Technology addiction has become very real because I don’t have much else to do.” Many people are going through similar things due to the need to adapt to a new daily life with new routines that are drastically different than they were months ago.
Another East student affected, along with the rest of us, is Fabian Sambula. “It’s bad. I thought at first it was fine because I don’t really talk to that many people, then over time I realized that I actually need to socialize with other people because I’m not really doing anything productive or doing something that amuses me.”
Overall, this is a rough time for us all, especially those who already had mental health conditions. Don’t hesitate to reach out to friends and family members, just to check in.