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Quarantine Survival Tips

For most of us, COVID-19 has abruptly altered all aspects of our lives. Not too long ago most days followed a simple routine: class, church, and work. Then, suddenly, we were instructed to stay home and distance ourselves from loved ones. Things we hoped to do are no longer in our near future. In these dark times, it's easy to be consumed by fear, uncertainty, and anxiety. However, by staying productive and taking care of ourselves, we can overcome the challenges together.

As a first-year student double majoring in philosophy and English at Pepperdine, every day in Malibu was like a dream. I got to see my amazing friends every day, be involved in the spiritual community, and have an ocean view wherever I went. When I think about Pepperdine, I envision a small city; everyone has a role and a job to fill. Now we've had to move out of that city and return to our old lives, but how should we manage this backward step? Well, lucky for you, I have answers.

Justus Johnson's diy cookies

Johnson's delicious, fun-shaped chocolate chip cookies.

Developing Hobbies

The first thing I can suggest for enjoying quarantine is getting back into the hobbies you had before the outbreak. When I was in high school, one of my passions was cooking. I loved being able to make my food creations and share them with my family, so when I left for college, it was definitely something I missed. Now that I've returned, I have gotten back into cooking, making at least two home-cooked meals a week! I've even started baking. If you know how to cook, try some new recipes or go so far as to create your own. If you're a novice in the kitchen, take this time to build your skills. Food brings people closer together, so use this time to enjoy your family.

DIY: Home Edition

The second thing I recommend is trying some do-it-yourself (DIY) projects. I've gotten a few ideas from TikTok, an app I've been spending a lot of time on. I started painting a creative design on one of my walls. I find it to be relaxing and also refreshing, and if you're someone that likes to see their projects grow into fruition, painting might just be the perfect thing for you!

A Little Self-Care

Self-care has become a growing trend in our culture and now is the perfect time to practice it. Self-care is more than getting enough sleep; it is also allowing yourself to unwind. I feel at peace when I am on the couch, eating a bowl of chocolate ice cream, watching Netflix. I also enjoy napping, something I didn't have a lot of time to do during school. It's a great way to recharge my batteries and keep my motivation to finish the school year strong. Think of some things you like to do to make yourself feel balanced. You can do crossword puzzles or yoga. There are endless possibilities—so try out some new things!

Justus Johnson and friend pictured at the beach

Last, but not Least: Friendship

What brings me the most comfort is my friends. I met some impeccable people at Pepperdine, which is why it hurt so much to leave. But distance isn't stopping anything in my circle. We all talk with one another every day, snapchatting and even playing group iMessage games. It isn't much, but it helps us keep our bond, and for that, I am so thankful. Reach out to your friends daily. Stay connected with them the best way possible. Don't let social distancing truly take you away from who matters.

This period of isolation is a different time that calls for a lot of adjustment. We are in a new phase of life, but our strength and perseverance will get us through it. I hope my tips can help you have peace at this time. Stay strong and have faith; we'll be back in our lives soon!