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How to survive quarantine as an only child

Being stuck in your house with only your parents can be stressful—we get it. Plus, you might be checking social media and feeling just a little envious of your friends who have built-in besties in their siblings. Here are 7 things you *def* need to do if you're an only child in quarantine.

1. Keep in touch with friends
Make sure you go the extra mile to keep in touch with your squad! Instead of waiting for someone else to schedule a video call, schedule one yourself. Send your fave memes to your friends so you can still feel connected. Having some sort of socialization with people other than your family will help keep you sane and you'll make great mems with your friends in the process.

2. Lean on extended family
Ok, so you don't have siblings...but we bet you have a cousin you really love or a family friend who you grew up with since diapers. Those long-lasting bonds can be super strong, so make sure to cultivate them during quarantine.  

3. Find a hobby you love
When boredom sets in, having a hobby you enjoy makes all the difference. Maybe you can take up drawing, learn to knit or even try becoming TikTok famous—whatever brings you joy. Remember, you don't have to be great at whatever hobby you choose as long as you're having fun with it!

4. Turn your mom or dad into your new bestie

We bet your parents would *love* to spend quality time with you while you're home. Think about what you have in common with mom or dad—maybe you can do manis together or watch old Will Ferrell movies—chances are you have more in common than you think. 

5. Go outside
Social distancing doesn't mean being stuck inside every day! You can walk your dog, do some yoga or even read a book outside to get fresh air. Going outside for a few minutes each day will help boost your mood, and will also remind you of better days to come. 

6. Show yourself some #selfcare
One of the perks of being an only child is that you never have to fight over the bathroom! So, light some candles, slide into a bubble bath and get ready for the most relaxing night *ever.* You deserve it!

7. Talk about your emotions
If you're feeling overwhelmed, stressed or scared about the state of the world today, don't be afraid to reach out to someone you trust. Whether it's a family member, a friend or even a guidance counselor (many school counselors are working virtually right now!), there are likely plenty of people around who are willing to listen and help.

How have you been coping with quarantine? Let us know in the comments!

by Taylor Dove | 4/28/2020
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