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What should we take away from our time in quarantine?

These past few months have been a lot of things: confusing, scary and sad, just to name a few. You might be feeling upset over cancelled plans, or maybe you're scared for what comes after this time. Here are some of the things real people like you are taking away from their time in quarantine.

Time with loved ones and friends is priceless


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If this time has taught us anything, it's that time with our favorite people isn't promised. Moving forward, many of us will appreciate any time we get to spend with friends and family, especially those we haven't been able to see in a long time. We can also use this time to find new ways to stay connected when we can't be together IRL. From video chats and phone calls to online game nights, our friendships after quarantine will likely look very different -- and for the better!

Relaxation is *always" necessary


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In our daily lives, it can be easy to overwhelm ourselves with school work, sports, friendships and more. What if we learned to take a step back from our responsibilities in order to have some fun? Taking time to relax is important for our mental health and helps make sure we aren't trying to finish all of our work while running on empty. Moving forward, we should all try to balance our work with things we enjoy.

We all need a support group


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Even in normal times, we can feel stressed about life but don't want to bother other people with our problems. Take that thought out of your head! Leaning on your closest friends and family is not a burden, so don't feel bad for asking for that extra help or piece of advice in the future. Being able to reach out to others and share your feelings can be the best way to solve a problem.

Appreciate the little things and always look on the bright side


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The Coronavirus is likely going to change what "normal" means for a long time. Crowded classrooms will be a thing of the past, and we will all be more careful with how we interact with one another. This doesn't have to be a bad thing! Even though life may change, there will always be something to be thankful for in each day. Even something as simple as drinking your favorite smoothie or spending time with your pet is enough to be thankful for. Keeping a positive mindset and being thankful for the little joys in life will help all of us navigate life after quarantine.

by Taylor Dove | 6/3/2020