The Struggles of Quarantine for Me and How I am Trying to Overcome Them

Quarantine has changed our lives so much, in so many ways. In some ways, it has been good for me, for example this blog, but in other cases quarantine has caused so many struggles. The good news is that with a simple google search, I have realized I am not the only one facing these struggles. Teenagers everywhere are dealing with the awful side effects that come from virtual learning, and spending all our time at the house. But just because these struggles are shared, does not mean that they effect our lives in negative ways any less. Below are the main struggles that I face because of quarantine.

1. Mental fatigue

Mental fatigue has been caused in these times because of the overload of stress I have been feeling. With more people getting coronavirus and dying from it everyday, being stuck inside all the time, doing online school, being stuck around my family all the time, not seeing my friends or not experiencing any new fun events, there are so many causes for stress.


The solution I am working on is trying to incorporate more sporadic events, and things I actually do, along with hanging out with my friends social distanced, and creating a good plan for online learning. These events usually just mean going on a walk on my own, or going to get Starbucks or ice cream. Being in quarantine has reminded me of all the fun events and things I used to do with my friends, and I hope I can do them again soon.

2. All the time in the world to eat

Being quarantined in our houses most of the time is very important for everyone to stay safe, but it also means that the fridge and the pantry are only a couple steps away, all the time. In this situation it is way to easy to overeat, and overeat with unhealthy food that does not fill you up. I for one, am always grabbing snacks, anytime for any class. This is not healthy and is not good paying attention during class.


Meal plan. Creating a meal plan, and then only buying the ingredients for those meals. A meal plan should include snacks, but mainly consist of healthy meals that will fill you up. A meal plan is difficult to make, so I suggest you check with your family before making it. Make sure that your meals aline with the meals they are eating.

3. No concrete schedule

Because most of our activities have been canceled or moved online, and school has become rather uncertain, it is very hard to have a concrete schedule. Not just with activities assigned by others, but to-do’s you give yourself, and the time that you need to complete these to-do’s. With no concrete schedule, I know that for me I end up laying around on my phone a lot of the time.


Create a schedule! Pull out a binder, or your online google calendar and plug in when you will get your to-do’s done, and when you will do the other tasks you need to do to keep yourself active and moving. Make sure your schedule works with everything else that you and our family might have planned.

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Emily Harrington Amazing Lesson on Goal-Setting

“Impossible dreams challenge us to rise above who we are now to see if we can become better versions of ourselves” said Emily Harrington in an Instagram post on November 7th, where she talks about how she became the first women to free-climb the Golden Gate route up El Capitan, a 3,000 foot granite edifice that that draws thousands of climbers to Yosemite each year.

I choose to write my post about this quote, because Emily Harrington was able to achieve her impossible dream by working day and night to rise above herself and accomplish her impossible goal. She set this goal, not truly believing she could do it, but still setting herself to accomplish it. And she did.

This is the amazingness of goals. Set right, with just the right amount of disbelief in our ability but courage to try, they can be amazing things that push us past our limits and allow us to achieve the impossible. But this balance is hard to find, and to often our impossible dreams end up being just that. Impossible.

But this was not the case for Emily Harrington, and now she is a role model for many young women climbers everywhere, including myself. Her success is proof, that those “whimsical” goals we set for ourselves could actually come true, and that working for them could be the best decision of our life and push us past our limits.

Overall, Emily Harrington, using an impossible goal pushed herself to her limit and beyond, and was able to do something no women had done before. This is a beautiful message that should be shared.


How to Stay Consistent with Your Healthy Eating

Why eat healthy?

  1. Eating healthy can be delicious
  2. Eating healthy will make your body strong
  3. You will be a healthier person overall
  4. In my opinion it is more fun to cook healthy foods

Create a grocery list and stick to it

A grocery list is the best way to make sure you are only cooking healthy meals. If you only buy the components of healthy meals, and don’t buy unhealthy food, you will be able to stay consistent with your healthy eating. I suggest a base grocery list of healthy fruits and vegetables, that can be used in healthy snacks and meals. You can add on anything specific for that week, but you will always have fruits and vegetables on hand. And if healthy snacks and meals are most convenient to eat, they will end up being what you eat.

Drink lots of water

Water is super important to staying healthy, because it has so many benefits. You can read about all of them, here. What I am going to say in this post, is that drinking water will help fill you up, which is great for not over eating. Over eating with any type of food is not very beneficial, and drinking water is one of the best ways to make sure you don’t end up over eating.

Make healthy snacks for easy access

This tip is one that can make sure that you consistently eat healthy. On Sunday, or Monday, put together a good amount of healthy snacks. Snacks that are easy to package and full of fruits and vegetables. Make enough for the entire week. Throughout the week, whenever you get hungry, instead of reaching for an unhealthy snack you can eat one of your healthy, pre-made snacks. This is making sure that one of the biggest contributors to unhealthy eating, snacks, are healthy.

Don’t drink your calories

Soda, Coke, Sprite, all of these drinks may be great, but they are just extra calories, and super unhealthy. On top of that, when you are drinking un healthy drink, it means you are not drinking water. An easy way to make your lifestyle healthier is to switch out all unhealthy sugary drinks with water.

Learn to cook delicious healthy meals

Cooking is not for everyone. I can personally say that I know I do not like to cook. Right now though, I am lucky because my mom cooks the meals for my family, and she is good at making healthy meals. But I definitely want to start cooking more, so I can learn to enjoy it. The more I enjoy it, the more I will do it, and the more healthy meals I will eat.

Make a meal plan that suits you

Meal plans are great because they allow you to not have to spend a lot of time thinking and planning for your meal each day. If you create a meal plan full of healthy enjoyable meals, then it would be the easiest option for you to follow it. This makes sure that you are eating healthy meals. When you make your meal plan, make sure it fits your own needs, and what you are able to get.