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Been feeling restless, anxious or bored? Me too. Here are 7 ways I improved my mood.

Updated: Jun 8


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I have been quarantined for 37 days.

I’m ready to go outside!!


None of my usual hobbies are working. I no longer care to do any of them. When quarantine started I picked up a new show called Chicago Fire, it has 8 seasons, each with 22 episodes. I finished the whole series. I have nothing else to watch now.

It’s hitting me that around this time, I would usually be in my prime, thriving in life. Late April means post Aggie Fest at A&T, that booming Greensboro sun would be shining over campus, causing all Aggies to flock outside the newly built student center. Crazy how I can hear the base from the cars, slow crawling past the crowds outside, blasting their best playlist trying to grab someone’s attention. I can only imagine though.. because I’m stuck in the house. We all are.

I feel like a sense of restlessness and uneasiness is circulating in the atmosphere right now. I’ve been feeling a bit down, very lethargic, and really bored the past couple days. I think this quarantine is finally getting to me. From what I’ve seen and heard from others, I'm not the only one feeling like "Is this over yet?” When quarantine started, I was eager for time to recharge and bond with my family. It’s safe to say I’m all charged up and bonded out. I need a refresher.

If you’re feeling like me, check out 7 things I did to change the pace.


1. Journal

You don't have to be a New York Times Best Selling Author to start a journal. Journaling is a really helpful and effective tool I use daily. I journal when I have alot on my mind. When I get my pen and pad, go to my quiet area and write; I always feel much lighter when I finish. Emptying your thoughts onto paper will take some heaviness away that you may feel. I have learned the hard way that keeping thoughts bottled up is not healthy. Start with a daily journal. At the end of each day, write everything you did that day, how you felt and what you hope to accomplish the next day.


2. Go outside

Go for a walk. Even if it’s for a quick trip around the block, DO IT!! You need the sunlight. It is scientifically proven that being in the sun makes you happier. Sunlight triggers the release of hormones to your brain. The brain releases more of the hormone serotonin, which is associated with boosting mood and calmness, when you are exposed to the sun. Start your day with a walk. You’ll feel refreshed.


3. Get a Hobby

You need something to do. Watching television, playing 2k, scrolling on twitter/facebook and doing online work can only keep your attention for so long before you get bored. What’s a craft you always wanted to pick up but never had the time? Since I’m taking my own advice I’ve decided I’m going to get my clarinet out of the closet and start playing again. I’m taking this time to start a new/old hobby.


4. New Meals

Food is the key to anyone’s heart, well mine atleast. I know you’re getting tired of the same meals every week, because I definitely am. I’ve had the same meals: tacos with spanish rice, spaghetti with garlic bread and jerk chicken & dirty rice w/ cornbread almost weekly. I’m sick of it. I need something new. Think of new meals that you want to eat. Change it up! Add a dessert to your meals, it might perk your mood.


5. Stay in Touch

Even though you can’t hang with your peeps, don’t lose touch with them. Check up on the people in your circle. Don’t just send a text, go the extra mile and call or video chat. Sometimes hearing a friendly voice or seeing a familiar face will someone's mood or perspective. You never know how this quarantine is affecting others.


6. Take care of the Bag

Do NOT blow that stimulus check, tax refund, school refund, paycheck or any other bag that you may receive. Budget your money right at a time like this. There is no exact timetable on when the world will resume, nor do we know what the future holds. Even though Fashion Nova, Amazon Prime and others are bombarding you with emails with hot discounts and deals, don’t do it. Hold on to your coin.


7. Serenity prayer

You may disregard everything else I said but please take note of this. Your mind is the most precious thing you have. Do not let current circumstances or tribulations discourage you or distract you. This is only temporary. I recite the serenity prayer often, especially during trying times. Go check it out.

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